… but I am probably at the point where it is reasonable to say that I really, really should find a way to insert some video game playing time into my life, because I haven’t played a video game in at least 3 weeks. Despite having my long list of games to try to play and finish.
The reasons for this are pretty much the same reasons why I haven’t posted on the blog in over a week:
1) It’s a fairly busy time for me at work, as I’m approaching one of those intermediate deadlines on my feature. At some points, my feature was going poorly, and now while it’s going better I still have to put in a fair amount of time on it, which means for me working more on weekends. This cuts into my free time.
2) I was sick a couple of weeks ago, and was still working roughly my normal schedule. That meant that my free time went to basically sitting around and watching TV while I tried to recover.
3) Around that, we also have some snow, which required me to shovel it, which not only cut into my spare time but just gave me more encouragement to sit around and read when I finished (it’s not intensely difficult, but enough that you might not feel like jumping up and running to play a game after doing it).
4) I recently bought the entire series of the old gothic horror soap opera “Dark Shadows”, which had over 1200 episodes. I started watching it. I like it. But if I watch it at a decent pace it will still take me until sometime in June to finish watching the whole thing. That’s a long time. So I feel some pressure to try to finish it. But I watch it on my TV, which limits the games I can play. Obviously, since the PS3 uses the same TV I can’t play PS3 games and watch the show at the same time. And PC games like The Old Republic suffer from being in another room and from the volume on this TV not really penetrating to there; I can see the screen if I look up but if I’m playing a game I don’t look, and I can’t even really hear the conversation with a game that was any sound effects.
5) The two games I’m pushing at the moment are TOR and Persona 3 PSP. Both of them require a bit of time to play, more time than I really have. It takes me about 3 hours to clear an area in TOR, and the dungeons in P3 have always required a significant time commitment to play. I don’t really have that in the evenings, especially since there are at least a couple of days where I don’t want to play games in the evening anyway. And the fact that playing a game right up until the time for me to go to sleep is a quick way to insomnia. Add in that I want to spend a good bit of time watching Dark Shadows and evenings aren’t that great for me. I could play the PSP while watching Dark Shadows, but P3′s dungeons take a long time and usually dedicated time to do, and are the worst part of that game for me, so it doesn’t work out so well. And I’d try the previous game, but I’m not sure it’ll be any better. The PS2 would work as well, but there isn’t really anything that grabs me on it.
6) I’ve been re-reading the X-Wing novels and some other books, which fits well into watching DVDs but not so well with playing games. And it actually fits better into watching DVDs than playing games does.
7) And some nights and days I’m just tired and don’t want to play anything.
But, still … at least 3 weeks without games when I have a list of the things I want to play. And took a look at Rampant Games again which has a number of games that look interesting and are reasonably priced. I really need to find some time for games again …