I can’t watch anything

I have a real problem watching things.

I’ve seen a lot of films, probably more than you unless you’re a real afficionado.  It comes with the territory of having an older brother who consumes them like you or I consume Pringles.  If he can’t think of anything to watch, he will simply watch one again. This is something I can’t fathom.

I’ve never really watched tv, but with the advent of DVD boxsets and *cough* digital distribution, I’ve powered my way through a couple of shows over the past five years.  The Sopranos, The X Files, That 70s Show, Friends, The Simpsons, Breaking Bad, The Wire, Entourage, House, Futurama, South Park… that’s a whole lotta watchin’.  I didn’t even finish most of them (I didn’t even like Entourage that much), and yet I still want to watch Star Trek: The Next Generation, Battlestar Galactica, Boardwalk Empire and The West Wing from start to finish.  Where does it end?

I’m so spoiled for choice, in fact, that I haven’t really thrown myself into a movie or tv show properly in a year, with the exception of House.  I’ve got thousands of hours of high-quality entertainment at my fingertips, just waiting to be enjoyed, dissected and made fun of, yet I seem to spend my leisure time looking up dogs on Youtube.  Cats are neither funny nor cute, and thus can go fuck themselves.

It doesn’t stop with things you can watch either.  My CD collection is at least over 100 albums strong, with more downloaded.  Spotify, Youtube, Myspace and Bandcamp have opened up whatever I can’t be bothered downloading or buying.  I’d rather just stick “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel on in the background.

I bought Okami, Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy XII the other day because it was only a tenner for all three.  That’s at least 100 hours of the finest entertainment the old warhorse PS2 has to offer.  Fallout 3 remains unexplored.  I grabbed a copy of Split/Second months and months ago, and my friend completed it 100%.  I didn’t even start it.  I’ve got about 30 games for my DS.  The only one I’ve finished recently?  Trauma Centre, and I’d already completed that 3 years ago.  That’s right, I replayed it rather than try something new.

What the hell is wrong with me?


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