In all the talk of graphical downgrades no one seems much preoccupied with 'why?'. Why build something and then proceed to tear it down, piece by piece, in the hope that ever more diminished expectations about the final product won't be severe enough to...
Another no-brainer: replenish your bodily fluids. Unless you run your air-conditioner like you live an igloo (or you really do live in an igloo), you need to keep yourself refreshed.
Maybe you like to munch on snacks while you're gaming. Summertime is not a time to eat. It's a time to drink. Make yourself some fruity drink you'd never order in a bar or crack open a can of soda (it's not called fucking pop, okay, it's SODA). Don't forget that nothing beats ice-cold water. [Especially if you want to stay trim. ~Ed. Nick]
I'm not saying that lemonade tastes good when it's nearly frozen. I'm saying it tastes DELICIOUS, so do that.
[I happen to like cracking open a coconut and drinking the fresh juice plus eating the pulp with a spoon for dessert. Either that or straight-up watermelon juice. ~Ed. Nick]
So you fucked up. Your 360 red-ringed, your PS3 YLOD'd, and you don't have any games to play.
Yes you do. Go old-school. Dig out the Nintendo 64, the Sega Genesis, the PS1. You'd be surprised how far your back catalogue reaches. I know I haven't gotten gold on every race in Diddy Kong Racing. Maybe another playthrough of Metal Gear Solid or Final Fantasy VIII would satiate your gaming thirst this summer? Play Sonic the Hedgehog 3, a good Sonic game for a change.
Classic gaming holds an inherent joy that modern games can't seem to capture. Sitting cross-legged on the floor in front of an analog TV set might transport you out of the summer gaming drought and into another time entirely. Just make sure to dust everything off before you plug it in and enjoy.
So there aren't too many new games to play. So what? Hopefully you'll be able to conquer your mountain of unfinished software, keep your consoles alive, and even revisit a few classics with friends. Welcome to summer!