Spring cleaning is traditionally done in the spring, for reasons unknown, but my family always tends to have a post-Christmas bout of cleaning as well. We try to declutter a bit, maybe just to compensate for all the new clutter from the holidays. I find myself doing this with gaming as well, going through my game library and either finishing games or uninstalling them and calling them “done”, mostly so I can get on with playing other games in the bits of time I get here and there to play.
…and there’s the crux of the matter; I almost never have blocks of time to play. I get an hour here, fifteen minutes there… and that’s about it. That’s part of why MMO subscriptions are a pathetic value for me; I simply don’t get 20+ hours a week to sink into any gaming, much less devote myself to a single game. There are way too many good games out there to tie myself down like that. (As my Steam library, GoG collection and Humble Bundle folders will attest.) So, I have a large library of games, and way to little time to play them.
As a result, my gaming is more like grazing than gorging. I nibble a little on something like Uncharted, then I go munch on Tactics Ogre, then savor a little bit of Guild Wars 2. (By which I mean, I create my characters before the game inevitably crashes, then maybe move around the starting areas a little bit.) The next week, I ruminate a little on Journey, then chew a little on LEGO Batman with the kids. Once upon a time, I’d ride an exercise bike and play FFXII for a nice 45 minutes or so, but circumstances have made that indulgence obsolete. (And I find that FFXII just doesn’t work well as a game I only play for 15 minutes in a sitting.)
So it’s no surprise that I play more Plants vs. Zombies, Symphony, Triple Town and Puzzle Pirates these days. It’s all I can sneak into the schedule. I still haven’t finished FFXII, and I have FFXIII, FFXIII-2, FFVII: Crisis Core, Blue Dragon, Infinite Undiscovery, Lost Odyssey, Batman Arkham City, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, LEGO Batman 2, LEGO Harry Potter and a host of other, smaller games that I really want to dig into… but just can’t right now. They aren’t really grazing-friendly. Heaven help me if I get the itch to play an MMO. I still have WoW, STO, RIFT and GW2 installed, and I grudgingly uninstalled LOTRO. I want to play all of them. I probably never will.
…there’s something sad about that.
Still, I’m not complaining. I have a lot of gaming options, and that’s a good spot to be in. Since I work in the industry, it behooves me to play a variety of games, and be aware of what’s out there, rather than simply be a game fan and devote my gaming time to a single or few fandoms. And then there’s the fact that my kids and I still love Minecraft (if I only had one game for the rest of my life, that one would do), and my oldest wants to learn the Pokemon card game… yeah, my plate is full to overflowing, but it’s all I can do to nibble at the edges.
Is it any wonder why I like the Tauren, perhaps? Moooooo