I went to a Sisters of Mercy concert a bit over a week ago. It was not as splendid as it could have been (for me) but it also could have been a lot worse. I got what I wanted from the show, which was a chance to match a person to the music. And I honestly like the music as well as the lyrics so I enjoyed the many songs I didn’t know. However, the sound was mixed differently than on the CDs, and Andrew Eldrith’s howl seems to be more comprehensible on the CDs.
Since then, I’ve been playing a lot of Guild Wars and neglecting the writing. On Friday, spurred on by Penny Arcade, Best Buy and Costco, I cancelled my undelivered pre-order of Kingdom Hearts II and purchased it live at Costco. I’ve been playing it most of the weekend, with breaks for D&D, walks and sleeping. I’ve also used it to coerce myself into writing a small amount.
The ends of novels move so slowly.
Kingdom Hearts II is almost everything I could have wanted so far, and more than I would have asked for, in places. It has a lot of minigames, and almost all of them are so well executed as to be actually fun, above and beyond the plot that requires you to play them. Pacing-wise, it’s a little like FFX-2 (which shouldn’t be a surprise; they’re both sequels that follow up on the salvation of the known world). The New Menace is far more /interesting/ than the one in X-2, and the visits to previous locations far less steeped in character plot, so I suppose it balances out.