Last week before the podcast, Todd mentioned that he didn’t have a lot to talk about during the “what we’re playing” section because he hadn’t been playing any games lately, wanting, as he put it, “to just get away for a little bit”. I’m fairly certain I don’t know what that means.
I mean, I know what it means to get away for a little bit, I just don’t know why you’d want to. I honestly can’t remember the last time I had a day when I didn’t play anything. Between my consoles, my handhelds and my laptop, I play something every day.
I’m just wondering if I should.
Right now, I have six games in my 3DS case: Nintendogs, Radiant Historia, Pokemon White, Ghost Recon, 999 and Pokemon SoulSilver, but that last one is simply for Pokewalker purposes. That’s easily over a hundred hours of gaming right there. On my laptop I’m playing Battle Slots like a fiend, but I also have Torchlight and Bejweled 3. Consoles have Clash of Heroes, Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Tiger Woods.
Will I finish all of these? No, but not all of them can be finished in a proper manner. You can finish the story in Pokemon and still capture to your heart’s content. Nintendogs will go on forever if you let it. Some of the games you can finish, and I probably will, but for some, time and a reduced attention span will be the death of them.
I’m not a Whale, in Bill’s definition, I just tend to get distracted easily, or am easily swayed by a review for a game that sounds different. 999 sounded very interesting, so I picked it up despite only having a few days to play it before moving on to a review game. Same with Radiant Historia. I bought that game two days before Pokemon White came out. Two days! What the hell is wrong with me?
Well, lots, but in this case, I just like games too much. When I see a game that sounds interesting, particularly handheld games, I’ll buy it out of fear that if I don’t, I’ll forget it. Now, this is a ludicrous idea as I keep an Amazon wishlist for books I want to remember to read, so there’s no reason I can’t do the same thing for games. The other part is that I absolutely abhor having a gaming drought. I get very cranky when I don’t have something to play and having games in reserve keeps me from having a drought.
The problem is that in the act of getting a bunch of games to stave off a drought, I’m ensuring that I never spend time doing anything but play games. See, when I watch TV with my wife, I can’t just watch TV. I’ll fall asleep if I do. It’s silly, but it is what it is. My wife used to get upset with me because I was always reading or playing a game and I’d miss important plot developments so I stopped, and then I was asleep in my chair at 9PM. At least this way I’m still awake and I do my best to pay attention.
Because I have to have something to do constantly when we’re watching TV, and we watch a lot of TV, I always have books or magazines to read or games to play. I’m buying, and playing, a lot of games, but I’m also buying a lot of books. Books I end up not reading. The table beside my chair in the family room currently has in it:
- One issue of Cook’s Illustrated
- One issue of Entertainment Weekly (the summer movie preview, woohoo!)
- All but two of the Y: The Last Man TPB’s
- All of the Seven Soldiers of Victory TPB’s
- All of the Scary Go Round books
- Two Little Dee compilations
- The Battle for the Cowl TPB
- The Complete New Yorker cartoon collection
- Book one of the Calvin and Hobbes compilation
- One or two Bloom County compilations I picked up at a library sale
- One or two other things I know I’m forgetting
That is a lot of stuff to read and it’s not like I don’t like reading. I love reading! I just can’t get myself to stop playing games long enough to do it and with my birthday right around the corner, and my wife getting me an iPad 2 for it, my gaming and technological tinkering will only increase.
So maybe I need to pull a Todd and get away from it all for a little bit. It can’t be good to spend so much time gaming, because eventually, when I have to do review work, I’ll burn myself out. Maybe I need to take a break from the battling of slots and training of puppies to read about zombies, or Batman or zombie bat men. Then, when I have something I have to play I’ll be enthusiastic and able to approach it in the right frame of mind. Then again, maybe I can just get all of those books on my iPad 2. You know, when I’m done checking out Sword and Sworcery.