Back at the Ranch

Vacuuming a plort.  Notice the smooth movement as I aim the vac.

After Will saw the pathetic clip of me in the first scene of ‘Star Wars III’ he agreed that I needed to go back to ‘Slime Rancher’ and work on basic controller skills. No kidding.
I started the game from the beginning again and tried to remember that the left joystick moved me and the right one moved the vac and changed my perspective. That is easy to remember while sitting and thinking about it, but in game was another story.  At first all I had to remember was to move me and the vac.  Then came the triggers,  L to vacuum and R to shoot.  Simple enough, right?  Wrong.

I was all over the place, managed to dump myself into the water, get knocked out and earned the achievement ‘Not a good morning’ Sigh.

Then came the bumpers which are used to switch between vacuum containers.  Another level of complexity for my less than dexterous fingers.  If I went really really slow I could manage it, which I considered to be an improvement.  Got to build some muscle memory if this is ever going to feel natural.  The old adage “How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.” certainly applies to this situation.

Selling a plort … if I can find the right container.

I will not give up.  I can do this.

I scooped up the slime, collected plorts and sold them.  Now, I had to feed them.  I had vacuumed up some carrots earlier and fed them to the slime I had corralled, but I forgot to save one to start the garden.  I couldn’t find another carrot in the ranch area to save my life so it was time to explore.

While I roamed the wilds hunting and gathering I started to get a little more comfortable with the controller – until I ran into a herd of slime with plorts and carrots right next to them.  I got excited and forgot everything I had learned up to that point.

While I inch my way towards Carnegie Hall (first I have to get on the correct continent)  I’m going to go back to talking about casual gaming.



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