I got fashion, Matt gets gadgets. Not that I wouldn’t love to find these toys under the tree…
It doesn’t matter which game, as long as it’s one of the many with health packs that will heal anything completely and instantly (no Amazon Trail first aid kits, please). The only problem is the uncomfortably weighty question of when to use them, since hopefully I won’t have critical plasma burns too often in my life. If they’re not the kind that vanish if you don’t use them fast enough, please bring me enough to keep me writing until I’m eighty with a few to blow on skipping the odd Christmas flu!
Harry may not understand what Dumbledore’s talking about when he describes having too many thoughts in his head all at once, but what writer doesn’t? A pensieve (and the necessary magical ability to move memories around) allows you to store distracting thoughts and memories for later. I might not use it much for that; the idea of being cut off from any information worries me a little whatever the benefits might be, but the pensieve also allows you to look at those thoughts and memories from a fresh, third person perspective. In other words, I could beta read for myself! Oh, uh, and gain insights about my life too, I guess.
This was a tossup between fashion and gadgets, but here it is. Not that the Batman cowl isn’t inherently awesome-looking, but the Arkham videogame version is all about the gadgetry. In fact, if I could get it in the form of sunglasses for everyday use, that would be even better. Detective vision isn’t just infrared and X-ray, it highlights exits, weapons, electronics, and, most importantly, plot points. Most of the time, anyway. In my Marge Simpson-esque lameness, I can’t help looking at that technology and imagining myself standing in the kitchen, wondering how to open a novelty box of cookies or where I dropped that steak knife and whipping this on to find out and move forward with my objective.
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