Closing the gap a bit

I’m a terrible blogger. I haven’t written an entry in months! But I have reasons for that.

Number 1: I’m taking Japanese classes again. I’m shooting to take 日本語能力試験2級 at the end of the year. But then I heard that 3級is now more like 3.5 and makes the gap between 3 and 2 much smaller than before. Maybe I should take it again instead of 2 so that my odds of passing is better which will encourage me to take 2! Actually, I think I should be more diligent and give myself an hour every day to study. From now until December, that should be enough study time for 2. I hope.

Number 2: Work is ramping up towards the end. The title that my team and I are working on has a Beta deadline in 2 weeks, and I’ve been working my ass off trying to tie up loose ends and making sure my team prioritizes their tasks appropriately. It’s only 2 weeks after Beta until Gold Master, so we don’t have much time left! In any case, they deserve pie!

I’m happy to say that our title will be exhibiting at E3 this year with Nintendo! It’s definitely exciting, and I hope it will be well received. Too bad I won’t be there because I’ll be busy hitting a deadline! 😛

So with classes, and late nights at work, there isn’t much time to study either, or socialize! Glee is probably the only excuse I have for socializing, and even then, it’s a weekday, everyone has to be sent home soon after it ends, and then it’s sleepy-time for a semi-early start.

I recently just got the Saboteur. Hopefully, I will get more time to play it more, but I’m really not motivated to. The controls are too sensitive, so movement can sometimes be jerky, and imprecise. Plus I’m at the flashback intro, so there’s not much to do right now.

Tomorrow, Yakuza 3, Bayonetta, and WET are coming in the mail. Yakuza 3 and Bayonetta were $20 off their release date price, and WET was less than $20. I really wanted to get Ace Attorney Investigations for the DS, but it wasn’t on sale… I’m cheap.

Speaking of DS, I was asked what shwag I was planning to get my team. It made me think what the coolest shwag I ever got from a project, and that was a DS Lite. It was after making one of the last titles that was for GBA/DS, and I still use it today. So how about a DSi XL with a customized scratch resistant skin? And if you’re asking, “What about the 3DS?!”, unless it gets released within 2 months, it’s out of the project’s budget. Too bad…