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Slow News Day

No High Scores

Ok, I know we probably shouldn’t post stuff just to post stuff, but honestly, seeing nothing but that Batman graphic from my previous post was starting to unnerve me. Bill is away today, Todd is busy and I’m not sure if Barnes or Danielle have anything planned for the day. Me, I will soon be off to a parent teacher conference for my son. I’m hoping that I won’t have to kill him when I get home. If I do, I’m hoping that I can restrain myself long enough to play a little of Batman and then maybe kill him on Wednesday.

Speaking of Batman, I am strangely unexcited for the game. I think it’s because I’m currently knee deep in assignments and Batman is just another one for the pile. I don’t like to approach review games this way, but alas, it’s the curse of the holiday season. Oh, woe is me! I have to play a lot of games! Boo-hoo-hoo! I’m sure that I’ll get excited for it tomorrow once I start punching criminals in the face. On a related note, while I plan on looking for Layton after the conference today, I’m secretly hoping that I don’t find it so that I can read the copy of the new Hark A Vagrant book that recently arrived. It’s not procrastinating if I don’t have the game, right?

What about you? Are there high profile games this fall that you’d normally be all excited for but find yourself less than enthused about as the time approaches?

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Brandon loves games, which shouldn't be a surprise given where you're reading this. He has written for GameShark, The Escapist and G4, and made them all less relevant as a result.

12 thoughts to “Slow News Day”

  1. My day has involved HOMM6 in the morning (write up soon) a trip to the bank for a refinance meeting at 11, and a 3 PM appt to see my doc to get a referral due to my nerve issues after getting landed on playing basketball.

    Seriously. My back hurts and my entire right hand is numb.

    That’s not right, I assume.

  2. Let’s hope is nothing too serious.

    I was starting to worry ’cause no news were beign posted today. About the games, i remember losing enthusiasm for World of Warcraft … like the third time i reinstalled and redownloaded the patches … just because of the incredible long time it took. And i mean the Wotlk patches, i stoped playing at the last TBC patch.

  3. I’m currently reviewing Dark Souls for one of our local gaming outlets. That’s pretty exhausting. With Battlefield 3 approaching – which I am very psyched for – I find that nothing else this year tickles me, not even games I should rightfully be excited about. Skyrim? Completely on the fence about it. Uncharted 3? Can wait. Mass Effect 3 is far enough away to not think about it yet. It’s highly unlikely I’ll even buy another game this year. Still have Deus Ex to finish, and a second playthrough of The Witcher 2 is also on the cards…

  4. I could personally care less about first person shooters or and I’ve never played an Elder Scrolls game (not sure why really), so Batman was the only big thin on my radar for this holiday season, but I have no intention of buying it anytime soon. My son is 4 months old now and I just don;t have time to invest into a game, not that that’s really any different from the way I was before. I still have Gears of War 2 and Mass Effect 2 sitting on the shelf unplayed, and those were both bought within a week or so of release.

    Thank god redbox came along so I no longer buy DVDs i don’t need.

  5. I’m not pumped for anything. I think I’m too drained from school and I don’t want to spend money since I’m expecting my first child in January. The only thing I’m really focusing on is SWTOR and the occasional board game release.

    I find myself playing a lot of Terraria though and hanging out with my friends by playing Gears3 and drinking alone.

  6. Yeah, I’m kind of weird about Arkham City too…it’s kind of like when the last TV on the Radio record came out…I was like “yeah, it’ll be awesome, I’ll listen to it sometime”. Still haven’t. Plus I’m flush with assignments too,finished Ace Combat and Forza 4 over the weekend and I’ve got Payday: The Heist and Battlefield 3 on the plate. And I’ve barely gotten to really dig into Dark Souls, Driver: San Francisco is just waiting for me to quit driving sexy European supercars…then there’s Guardian Heroes and God Hand, both of which I’ve never played until last week. Oh, and I wasn’t quite done with Gears 3′s online offerings. And I still haven’t finished Deus Ex! So yeah, I’m like “Batman, yes, aweseome.”

    Also, I don’t always laugh, but when I do it is sometimes due to “Hark, A Vagrant”.

    Oh, do I have anything planned to post? I dunno…two reviews on Bill Abner’s desk and now my “real job” is calling…maybe later a post about how God Hand is FUCKING AWESOME.

  7. I am more excited about the next two months of games than the rest of the year. My only complaint is not having enough time. I am a compulsive game purchaser so I have a backlog that literally means I could not purchase a game for two years and have something new at hand.

    I have Mafia 2, Fable 2, Catherine, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Etc etc…

    The only want games I am not getting are the new Driver and Assassin’s Creed because they’ll be twenty bucks by March. That still leaves Layton, Batman, Saint’s Row, Zelda, Uncharted, and Old Republic I already pre-ordered and paid for.

    I am wishing I wasn’t so excited; the wait for some of these is just killing me.

  8. Sony’s online selling of obscure titles is the shit. I was more than happy to add GrimGrimoire to my big list of PSN titles.

  9. I’m getting both Battlefield and Modern Warfare but only to play with my friends. I’ve been content with Halo Reach and L4D2 for my first person shooting needs, and I don’t know if it’s war game fatigue or fatigue at how similar fps’ have become but I can’t just get excited for these two games that should be epic. I did enjoy Bulletstorm immensely, although I think Epic and EA forgot about it.

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  11. Schedule is so crazy and money is always so tight I have a hard time getting super-excited about any new games nowadays.

    I know I’ll get Skyrim pretty close to release, and that I’ll really enjoy playing it, but I also know I won’t be able to give it the justice I gave to the other Elder Scrolls games. That’s the kind of game where a large time investment really pays off, and I honestly don’t have the time anymore to log 100+ hours into all my games combined, much less one.

    Had a very related conversation with a good friend recently about this. We still both consider ourselves gamers, and still spend a decent chunk of our entertainment funds on games, but we noticed we don’t have the same zeal for them as we used to. Back when we were younger–grade school, high school, and even college–we could easily get lost in a game and spend 12 hours straight playing. Never seems to happen anymore. We couldn’t decide if it was an issue of us becoming more adult creating new priorities, or if it was just an issue of the new games coming out all feeling stale.

    Playing a game like I used to definitely isn’t an option anymore; there just isn’t enough time in the week to log the hours I once did and still function. However, most new games I play now, even with all their bells and whistles, don’t draw me in like I remember. Even if I could play 8 hours a day, I don’t think I would.

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