Do you rearrange things until they're 'just right,' sometimes bordering on OCD-level attention to detail? Maybe it IS OCD, I guess. In any case, that's what I finally discovered was holding me back with TPH.
Patience Is A Virtue-But Not Always One Of Mine
The fourth time restarting that damnable fracture ward level, I just gave no $h!+$. For the most part, I left rooms where I had created them and only moved something when it really mucked up the queuing. I stopped caring about just about everything but the basics- having the rooms necessary, providing ample toilets, entertainment and food, and not letting the queue get above 7.
And I finally beat that level.
The whole time, I had just been too impatient I guess. Things would get crazy, I'd rearrange half the hospital and wait a month or two and then think of a better way to organize everything and reset the process. After a few years of doing that ever 2-3 months, I'd go bankrupt. My method just didn't allow the system time to prove itself (or not).
I'm not sure how much TPH has to offer as far as life lessons. At least for me, anyway. I'll probably continue with a few more levels (maybe beat it if I can overcome this personal challenge of perfection), but for Izanamikun it's probably run its course. It had a good run, though. There's a lot going on in that game.
To solve my perfectionism will probably take more than one game, as it's not really something new. But I believe every new experience that reveals the issue does so in a new way, and helps me work toward an ultimate solution.
If you struggle with this issue as well, I can only say the first step is learning to be ok with the possibility you might never overcome it- but must always try. Getting lost in the obsession is far worse than maintaining a constant effort to fight against the idea of perfection as an attainable state. I've seen many people lose more than just a game to that pursuit.
Let me know your experiences with perfection, and if you've found some way to triumph over that internal drive to 'be perfect.' I know for me, accepting the imperfections as part of the beauty lost to the impossible ideal has really helped me keep it mostly in check. It only really shines through in weak moments or in silly games where the outcome isn't dire. I'd love to hear other ways of managing perfectionism, too.
As always, see ya next time, Internet Drifters!
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