Jen and I have been ending up at the studio the past few days. It feels really good to be back at my usual workspace. The few block “commute” is a lot less pleasant than it typically is, but this seems to be the new normal we’ll have to get used to. To occupy my time after work (and keep me from working too much), I downloaded a new video game, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. It’s one of the first modern games I’ve played that is close to the difficulty and ruthlessness of NES games. For one, it’s really easy to die, and when you do, you go back to the beginning of the “level”. Brutal. At the same time, that’s what attracts me to it. I’ve been somewhat tired of modern games being too easy to beat. I get it, but I loved that many NES games could only be beaten by the most persistent, skilled person. I still have nightmares about the Mecha Dragon from Mega Man 2.