I have ups and downs when it comes to my time with games. At this moment in time I’ve found myself in a bit of a gaming rut. I stopped doing the real life things I was doing after work to give myself more time to play games and to be honest, I wish I’d stuck to my routine.
First was Mario Odyssey, which is such an easy to drop into game that I didn’t need an extra hour or two to play it and rushing through it was completely unnecessary. Then came Call of Duty: WW2 and I played it to the point of burning myself out. It doesn’t help that I’m at that point in life where the people I used to stay up all night playing Call of Duty games with all have real lives now. None of us can really stay up all night any more and these games are just not that fun alone. After that came Pokemon Ultra Sun. I didn’t rush through it, but I have finished it. It’s been something nice to play while I watch a TV series, or YouTube playlist. Finally I tried to play Nier: Automata. I bought it when it came out, despite being a bit wary of the way the game play looked and the fact that you can self destruct the girls clothes off. I played the intro mission and didn’t like the game play at all, so I put it down but with all the game of the year content that will be coming soon I wanted to see the apparently amazing story play out for myself. I jumped back in and turned the difficulty down to easy so I wouldn’t get frustrated by it. I did not expect the combat sections to play themselves. The spectacle of the game seems great and I do want to see the story, I’m just not sure I can put up with the game play for however many tens of hours to get through it. I might watch someone else play it, because I don’t think it’s for me.
I’ve been stuck a bit recently too because I want to play all the games I own. I’m awful for buying things and never playing them, because I just buy more. I have a backlog of stuff that I’m really interested in playing, but then I put 40 hours into Call of Duty because it’s easy to jump into. It’s right there, I don’t have to make a decision or learn something new. Then I look at the stuff coming out early next year. Dragon Ball FighterZ, Monster Hunter World, Ni No Kuni 2 and Shadow of the Colossus are all must have games, which will eat into time I could be playing through my backlog, or (hopefully not) will be bought and put aside for something I’m already playing.
I’ve also found myself wanting to buy a PC. There’s a lot of backlog on my steam account and my laptop isn’t up to it. It’s close to death. I want to jump back on World of Warcraft, too, but again, if I do that, I will spend all my time playing it instead of something else.
I’m stuck. I know that these moments pass and it’s a silly, good problem to have too many good things, but for right now it’s frustrating.