As predicted in my previous post a full work week resulted in my failure of the Tales of Symphonia Challenge. I managed just over 25 hours in eight days, getting to Gaoracchia Forest, before I had a full week of work in which I wasn't able to keep up my original pace. I then only had the weekend to play the game before two more days of work and the graduation deadline. Alas, no £40 for me, although it did achieve Dave's goal of getting me to play the damn game. I haven't gone back to it yet, but I certainly plan to at a more leisurely pace now that I've invested time into it. I would certainly recommend trying to get hold of a copy if you have an itch for a good JRPG.
Speaking of graduation, I'm now a graduate! The event was held at the Brighton Dome and while entirely too long, with chairs that absolutely sucked and much more clapping than I could really deal with, it was mostly enjoyable. Some of the students even made mockery of the whole formal procedure, which was taken in good humour and brought some life to the event. Overall it was mostly just a good excuse to see some folks from Uni and go out for drinks and food afterwards.
I wasn't particularly a fan of the getup they made you wear, especially when the robe people told me I had a large and awkward sized head. Some photos of said outfit can be seen over yonder.
So with graduation behind me I'm now officially a real boy and this week I started my first week of full time employment. To be honest I've not really accepted this yet, as working for the same company I've been at for two years makes it feel like nothing has changed, but at some point it will certainly hit me that this is it, and I'm not going back to education in October.
Speaking of work, this week we released a pretty major revision to the site with an entirely new navigation structure. The old nav was structured entirely around whisky, which made it almost impossible to find the many other drinks the company has expanded into. Hopefully this new nav will do a much better job.
In animal news, we're adopting two kittens! My older sister practically tripped over a stray cat giving birth to a litter of five outside her house, so we took them to the RSPCA Cattery my younger sister volunteers at, and rather inevitably we've ended up adopting two of them. My younger sister has already named them Alice and Polly (the latter following the Fawlty Towers theme our remaining cat Sybil started), and we should be taking them home in a couple weeks.
I also appeared on another episode of the Downloadable Content podcast which went up a couple weeks ago. In this one we discuss the advent of downloadable add-on content in console games and whether they are good for gamers or designed simply to drive up prices. As before, you can subscribe to the show in iTunes or download the episode directly over this way.