It’s a scenario that has played out countless times. Here I sit in my living room, and the urge hits me to play a game, but which game? Maybe I’ve just finished one game and am looking to find my next adventure. Perhaps I’ve just become frustrated with the games that I’ve been working on lately and I need something different. Either way, this will likely be one of the most difficult decisions I will be forced to make in recent memory. In order to understand why this is such a conundrum, I must introduce you to my gaming habits.
I’m a 31 year old father of three who has recently decided to go back to school and get a degree that has been on hold for over a decade. In order to attend classes and still put food on the table, a roof over the head, and transportation on the road for my family, I am forced to work nights. Vastly limiting the time I have to spend playing video games. I’m also engaged to a marvelous girl who is not the biggest fan of this video game hobby of mine. If I’d like to see the day when she becomes my wife, I need to shower her in the attention she deserves.
This being said, I refuse to miss out on what I believe is a golden age of gaming. It seems like every year there is a long list of games that are better than the ones from the previous year. With the rate that I am able to complete a game, four more games have come out that are “must have” titles. Admittedly one of the benefits of this situation is that I can afford to wait for the next big game to come down in price substantially before I pick it up. I can’t remember the last time I paid full pop for a new game.
Because of my lack of time to play at any length, and my ability to sniff out a great gaming deal, I have amassed a very respectable backlog of “Triple A” titles. These games, many still in their shrink wrap, are just sitting in my game cabinet. They patiently wait for their turn, to provide me with many hours of excitement and adventure. I know that not one of them will disappoint me. Every single game received top marks from review sites and universal acclaim. I’ve had the luxury to let the gaming masses weed out the inferior games for me, ensuring that every single one of my gaming dollars is spent on nothing but pure gold.
This glut of wonderful older titles has now presented a unique problem for me though. Now that I have been invited to put words to digital paper about my thoughts and experiences with this wonderful pastime that we all share, I feel obligated to play at least some of the new titles as they are released. This way you won’t have to read me ramble on about a game that you may have played two or three years ago. If I can’t somehow hold your attention, or peak it in the first place, this may be a very short lived gig indeed.
Troy “NMReign” Starrett