Earlier this year, I had decided that I played too many video games and decided to give them up for the month of January. I somehow managed to successfully navigate that month with without rage quitting and turning on my trusty console, even though it stared in me in the face every morning I woke up, daring me to turn it on.
The truth is, I love that delightful little beep my Xbox makes when I hit the ON button. It’s like a tiny metallic puppy, springing to life and super excited to see me. What are we gonna play today??? Oh… you’re going to watch videos again, aren’t you? *sad puppy eyes* How could I abandon it for an entire month?
Mercifully, January drew to a close and I jumped back into my gaming worlds with a vengeance. Previously the variety of different titles I played was quite small. If I found I game that I really liked, I would do everything possible to make it last for an absurdly lengthy amount of time, including never trying to finish the game (for example pretty much my entire relationship with Skyrim. 130 hours and still nowhere near the end of the main story line).
These days I’ve noticed a bit of a change. I’ve been playing more games. And finishing them. And I’ve been enjoying it. Both Tomb Raider and Bioshock Infinite are done and dusted (of course, there’s always the chance to jump back in and try for that 100% completion rate). I found so much joy in the end of the Tomb Raider game, knowing that I had just witnessed the creation of Lara Croft. Bioshock nearly melted my brain and there was enough swearing to wake my boyfriend up from his Saturday morning snooze. The good kind of swearing that comes while you comprehend an ending that is perfect for the amazing story that came before.
Now I want to expand my gaming horizons to exploding point, and to do this I decided to make a rule for myself. Play one game you’ve never played before at least once a week, every week. And write about the games in a blog. Simple.
A few things that spurred me on to do this are Steam Summer Sale, where I have bought more games then I really need and would very much like to see if they are worth my monies. Also, my boyfriend owns an insane amount of Xbox 360 games and not quite as many PlayStation 3 games, many of which is he constantly trying to get me to play, but my stubborn nature has stood in the way of me trying any of them out. When I meet new people and identify myself as a gamer, I want to be able to say yes, I have played all those triple A titles you are mentioning and all those obscure indie titles that you are trying to impress me with. Also, video games are awesome, so why not?
One of the big things that will hold me back is that fact that I have a full time job, meaning I work 38+ hours a week, not to mention to the 2-3 hours a day I spend travelling to and from work. There are even days where I have decided that one job in a day simply isn’t enough and I work 2 jobs for 12 to 13 hours straight and then get up the next morning to arrive at work bright and early at 9am. Hooray for long, tiring work days! That and my constant attempts at maintaining a social life limits the amount of free I have. But hey, sleep is for losers… right?
So here it is, my desire to expand my gaming history and work on my writing skills. I could see this going 1 of 2 ways:
No. 1 – I will keep it up for a couple of weeks or so, fall behind and then say fuck it and play Borderlands 2 for 8 hours straight
No. 2 – I will keep it up for a few months, lose interest and then play Borderlands 2 for 8 hours straight.
Now, what I should play first?