All right, my stress is under control. Exercise helps a lot, but end of weeks are always easier. My big test for my new stress-control strategies is going to be tomorrow morning (i.e. returning to work).
Friday morning, before I left for my friend PM’s house for a Geek Movie day, I picked up my Gym things and went to do a short session of stress-busting Cardio.
I did my required 30 minutes and as I was walking toward the floor mats to do some abdominals and lumbar exercise (I have a weak back and those exercise are magical), I stopped beside the Dance Dance Revolution station (It’s a PS2 with 2 full-sized metal dance pads).
Since it was Good Friday and the gym was mostly empty I said ‘what the hell!’ and stepped on the machine.
After spending a few minutes learning to navigate the interface, I started the ‘workout’ option, entered how much I weigh (215 lbs, although the gym’s scale under weighs me by about 10 lbs) and entered the time (15 minutes).
I’m no swan, I move like a lot of nerdy white overweight guys. However, after 5 minutes, my geeky side took over my self-conscious neurotic one and my nerd side started analyzing movement patterns to make it easier. I failed, miserably, but boy was that fun!
I ended up doing a second 15 minute series of songs (bringing my cardio session to a never before reached 60 minutes!)
Being of the slightly obsessive-compulsive nerdism school, I had found me a new project!
While driving around with the kids on Saturday, I found an excuse to stop at a EBGames store, officially to buy Mama Cook Off (great family game!). While I was waiting to pay for the game, my eyes fell on the Disney Channel edition of Dance Dance Revolution game for the PS2 (I own a PS2 and a Wii ) …
I bought it for the kids, you know… Strictly for the kids.
Thing is, they do love it. My 6 year old is already quite good and my 4 year old is also learning the ropes at a blistering pace. My wife tried it and she’s looking forward to insert it in her own exercise routine.
As for me, after having done all the tutorial lessons repeatedly (to the tunes of High School Musical, Hannah Montana and Kim Possible… sigh) I finally got to grok the game… and I love it even more… this is going to be my ticket to sustained exercise…. and less stress!
Of course I still plan to go to the Gym from Monday to Thursday (playing some DDR over there when I don’t do weights) but now I have the game at home as an instant stress-buster and mental fatigue equalizer (i.e. when the mind is more tired than the body, which is almost all the time with nerds, emotional imbalance is more likely).
All right! Enough about dancing games. Let’s switch to a similar-themed physical game: Music ‘Playing’ games.
Having tried both Guitar Hero III and Rock Band, I really really dig the later. I played the XBox 360 version one evening at Math’s and I was sold!
Thing is, I don’t want to buy the feature-limited PS2 version and the XBox 360 is not on my list of impulse buys anytime soon.. I want it all.
But it hasn’t been announced by Electronic Arts yet…
Here’s my Scoop:
For those who have a Wii and would really like to play Rock Band, I was told by a friend of mine (not a friend of a friend mind you) who works at the company that sets up and hosts the servers for Rock Band (among other console online games) that they received the Rock Band Software Development Kits for the Wii! (Yay!)
Several questions remain, chief among those are:
- When? (The EB Games guys think it’s going to be in October)
- Downloadable content? (That is a deal maker/breaker). Our gang assumes that it will be possible to use the SD cards to download songs.
Needless to say I’m really looking forward to this!
All right, this week is our D&D game week. I’ll focus on prepping the game more than the blog. However, I’d like to post another Robin’s Rule of GMing post. We’ll see how my sanity holds up this week…
Have a great week!