Time Management Skills

Time Management Skills

Time Management Skills

by Steve Napierski to Comics

It’s a lot less impressive when you learn that they’ve been carrying on this conversation for five days straight, already.

So the past month and change has been an extremely busy one for me. Besides my regular 9-to-5 I’ve also had a plethora of freelance work on my plate, as well. And in that time I felt that I had very little chance to game…Or at least I thought I did.

Remember how I’ve mentioned recently that I’ve been playing Final Fantasy IX. It’s only been a little bit here and there, but somehow I was able to accumulate almost 48 hours of play time on my save file for the game. That’s pretty much two full days in a one month time period. Clearly my concept of available time is a little skewed from my earlier assessments. Either that or I am just that good with time management…But more than likely, it’s the prior.

Discussion (13)¬

  1. Nuckel
    Nuckel says:
    January 5, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    Sleep is overrated.

    • Steve Napierski
      Steve Napierski says:
      January 5, 2012 at 10:45 am #

      You can sleep when you’re dead.

      • Broketoon
        Broketoon says:
        January 5, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

        You can Die when you sleep :P

      • Kyle
        Kyle says:
        January 6, 2012 at 9:32 am #

        But in that sleep of death, what dreams may come?

  2. Triaxx2
    Triaxx2 says:
    January 5, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    48 hours of playtime, and I’ll bet you’re still not out of the Ice Cave… ;)

    • Steve Napierski
      Steve Napierski says:
      January 5, 2012 at 11:39 am #

      Not there yet, I’m in the Desert Palace at the moment. I tend to do a lot of level grinding…I really enjoy that.

    • DeltaBladeX
      DeltaBladeX says:
      January 5, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

      Ah the ice cave. I tried that game several times, always gave up at that point, it just didn’t make me want to play. In the end, I gave it away (along with several other PS1 RPGs I was never going to play, like the other FF games, Suikoden 2, Wild Arms, Star Ocean 2, etc) to a couple of friends who love them more than I ever would.

      I did keep Legend of Legaia though. I love that game.

    • Kryptikt
      Kryptikt says:
      January 5, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

      Love FF IX and stopping at the ice cave shut you off from some of the most beautiful moments in PS1 history.

  3. Pie
    Pie says:
    January 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    Grinding is pretty fun in FFIX because there are so many variables you can grind. Besides the obvious EXP and AP, you can grind “steals” to pump up Zidane’s Thievery skill, kill dragons for Freya’s Dragon Crest, or catch frogs for Quina’s Frog Drop (also eating enemies to gain more blue magic). Oh, and then there’s Tetra Master, which is pretty fun but no where near as engaging for me as Triple Triad in FFVIII was (I’m pretty sure I spent more time playing that card game in 8 than actually progressing the plot, probably because the plot was so horrific).

    That being said, I’m really awful at time management. That’s why I’ve never beaten half the RPGs I’ve started, and why I have no interest in playing any MMORPGs. I tend to like short, challenging games like Megaman because the challenge motivates me to keep trying, and the brevity allows me finish the game within just a few hours of play. Recently I’ve picked up Cave Story on Steam, and I’ve enjoyed it tremendously; if you haven’t played it, and would like a short but fun game to run through, I’d highly recommend it.

    • DeltaBladeX
      DeltaBladeX says:
      January 5, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

      Cave Story + is pretty great, but were you aware of the original version? Its freeware. I’ve beaten it multiple times on my PC and PSP.

      • Pie
        Pie says:
        January 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

        At the time of purchase I was not aware of the original version, but I’ve since played both and can attest that the original is practically the same game (I do like the remastered music in Cave Story+ though). I should’ve clarified that I recommend the freeware version as well, not just Cave Story+.

    • jameswalker85
      jameswalker85 says:
      January 6, 2012 at 4:06 am #

      Ahhh, Triple Triad. I’ve downloaded a free version for Android, and I think there’s a PC version.

      Why is it that my favourite card games aren’t real? I’d totally own Triple Triad and Pazaak decks if I could.

      • Heartless
        Heartless says:
        January 7, 2012 at 7:26 am #

        actually, there is a triple triad game, you could be the whole set of cards couple of years ago, nowadays you still can find them on ebay…donĀ“t know if there are still shops who have them in stock…