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I haven’t had a whole lot to write about in the past few weeks. At least nothing gaming related. I’m not sure if you’d be overly interested in my attempt to learn Chinese, or my martial arts training, or the fact that I’ve been watching old episodes of Psych, How I Met Your Mother, and Scrubs. These activities are fairly mundane in my estimation.

I was playing Final Fantasy XIII-2, but honestly, it did very little to hold my attention. The story is weird and incomprehensible at the beginning. The main characters are extremely awkward in their interaction and are constantly obsessing about characters that are off doing their own thing. The combat system was fine for the original game, but by now the whole thing is repetitive and predictable. There is nothing pulling me onward, or drawing me in. I’d like to say that I’ll try to put some time into it, but I don’t really see that happening, considering everything else that is on my plate.

In the gaming and geek community, Japanese has always been the holy grail of languages. Mastery of it opens the door to a treasure trove of original content, particularly in Anime and Role Playing Games. There are so many games and shows that never make it to western soil, or whose sequels are not imported or translated. Some Anime is also better enjoyed in the original language. Dubbing can especially ruin a good show, like Naruto. There is also a lot of weird shit that we’ll never see or understand, but I digress.

Mandarin Chinese, meanwhile, is not associated with much in the way of geek culture. Kung Fu movies are the only category that comes to mind. Many of my martial arts teachers are Chinese though, and it’s the country I most want to visit, so it is the language I am choosing to focus on. I’ve tried to learn more than one language at a time before, or to switch between languages, and it becomes incredibly confusing. Maybe when some level of fluency is achieved, it will be possible to tackle another one.