If you have the misfortune of getting locked in conversation with me, itís almost inevitable that the topic of video games will come up. I can talk non stop on the games I played growing up and my experiences with them. If we get stuck on the topic of Mass Effect, Iíl be spewing praises of the game left and right. Even if we were to cross into that vast category of Ďgames I havenít playedí, Iíve kept up on my reading enough to manage a halfway informed conversation. Or at least I used to be able to.
The domain of games I havenít played is growing larger by the week. Sadly, Iím hardly playing video games anymore. I could fall back on the dead-xbox or busy-with-school excuse, but even if I had a functioning xbox and all the free time in the world I probably wouldnít be doing a bunch of gaming. I still love video games and the idea of them, but I canít seem to get into them like I used to.
The last three games Iíve bought were Catherine for the Xbox, Harvest Moon: Animal Parade for the Wii, and No More Heroes for the Wii. I havenít beaten a single one. Iíve put maybe 5 hours each into Harvest Moon and No More Heroes. Both are great games, both deserve my attention, but I canít bring myself to dive into them like I used to. The last game I can remember beating is Portal 2, which I beat the day it came out.
Its not that games have lost their luster to meóI freaking love the idea of them and still stand by my beliefs that theyíre the most productive form of entertainment mediaóits just that Iíve gotten to the point where the idea of gaming means more to me than the actual game.
I have been playing Skyrim when I can, as well as Saints Row: The Third on the weekends, so my most time consuming hobby still has a presence in my life (albiet a smaller one). To be honest, I want to be playing games more. Thinking back to my childhood and remembering the presence games had with my sister and I at the time makes me miss the days where we threw hours at Super Mario World, passing the controller between deaths and trying to take down that third Castle.
Maybe my hobby just needs a push to get back on the right track. Maybe when I get a new xbox or an upgraded computer Iíll be able to get back into games again. Or maybe Iím just waiting for the right game to come along. Whatever it is, Iím hopeful itíll happen soon.
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