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Playing Catchup

March 2, 2010

When a new game comes out I tend to eat it alive until completion. I always have an urge to own the game day of release, even if I know I won’t have the time to play it until a week or 3 weeks later. Why is that? Maybe I am just really materialistic or maybe I have some kind of sick obsession. Who knows.

So it is pretty funny that I picked up Bioshock 2 at 7am in some train-station on release day and have only played the multiplayer. Loved seeing where my priorities lie as I stumbled around an empty HMV grabbing onto the PS3 version and then soon telling the clerk I wanted the 360 version instead. I walked out and realised not only did I just spent £40 on a game I don’t have time to play but I also didn’t think about the paracetamol I was desperately needing to dull the thumping pain in my head from colourful cocktails the night before. Oh no.

I have Tales of Vesperia sitting proudly on my shelf. I was so desperate to get that game, nagging my boss at the time over and over to take it home with me. “Wait until bloody release day!” he’d scowl back. He wasn’t a fun boss. I still to this day have not touched it. Don’t get me wrong, I’d do anything to have the time to sit and plough through 100 hours of delicious Japanese RPG goodness. The only excuse I have right now with Final Fantasy XIII is because I am getting paid to write a bunch of things on it.

It is a vicious circle. I love writing about games and playing them. Ironic that now things are starting to pick up for me with the writing, casual time with games is rapidly decreasing. I need to work out a way to sleep less but always be full of energy!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. March 2, 2010 11:28 pm

    It goes downhill from here, I’m afraid. You kind of make the choice to be a writer of games-related stuff, rather than a player of games. One of the perks of the job is you get to play a lot of games, but 95 per cent of the time it’s still for work, in some capacity.

    • March 2, 2010 11:34 pm

      I knew what I was getting myself into so I am not surprised but I am now only starting to see it happen. I’ve been lucky that it didn’t happen so rapidly.

  2. March 3, 2010 11:00 am

    You paid almost twice as much as I did for a brand new game that you haven’t even played. Tisk tisk, you’re terrible at being a cheap student.

    • March 3, 2010 11:10 am

      If you are referring to Bioshock 2 then tbf Iwas quite drunk :p If you are referring to ToV then I got it launch day…. and I suck.

  3. March 3, 2010 8:31 pm

    Less sleep but more energy?

    Caffeine, lots of caffeine. Soda, coffee, energy drinks, IV bag, whatever. Then just live the high life until your heart stops. ❤

    tbh the lack of time is why I generally avoid some genres of games these days. Especially JRPGs, which are proud of how much of your life it'll suck up. It's a bummer, as I believe we discussed before how I need to play FFXII and get FFXIII.

  4. March 3, 2010 8:45 pm

    Also this is why I really don’t want to get into the gaming industry. I feel like it would just become work for me, and gaming is too important to me to be considered work. 😦


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