I don’t know about you, but I have been all over the place with video games as of late. Bouncing between:
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
- SteamWorld Heist
- Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
- Wolfenstein II – The New Colossus
- Horizon Zero Dawn
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
I’ll race through a cup in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and then play a level or two in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. Following that up with a couple hours of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and then a level of SteamWorld Heist. I feel like a kid at a buffet who keeps dashing between food items… and deep down I know that I just want to get a single plate of corn fritters (deep-fried cream-corn goodness).
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Wolfenstein II – The New Colossus, and Horizon Zero Dawn all equal games that require time to get into the games head-space; time to feel out the game’s rhythms and core gameplay loop. I have found myself attracted lately to games that can be played in quick bursts. Racing a cup (4 races) in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe takes 10-15 minutes, count me in! Destroying Wyatt in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (more likely the other way around), I’m there!
Gets me thinking about the larger list of games I have laying around, waiting to be continued. Games such as:
- God of War – I played for a few hours and liked what I played.
- Anthem – Picked up for $5. Played the first mission. It’s okay.
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – Have sunk at least 10 hours into.
- Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Have sunk 15-20 hours into the game only to realize I need to stop and level up a bunch to progress.
- Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition – Wyatt and I have played towards the end of the second act and then quit. This game is dark, ya’ll! Even worse, boring?
- Hollow Knight – Have put in some time on this game… I keep getting lost… but I love the atmosphere.
- Ori and the Blind Forest – Same as Hollow Knight, I get lost which equals frustration.
So many games… so many worlds… so many play styles… so many experiences waiting to be had. But, right now, I keep gravitating towards the games that allow me the maximum amount of gameplay for my time. I’m not looking for deep video game experiences. But I would love to settle down with a plate of corn fritters soon.. and maybe Ni No Kuni II… and Destiny 2: Forsaken… does it end?
How about you, do you ever feel like you are bouncing from one game experience to the next?
2 thoughts on “Distracted Gaming”
Bryan, I’ve definitely been feeling this way lately. I’ve been playing Rimworld, Spiderman and some Madden 19, but I’m itching to try some other things as well. However, I find that I enjoy things more when I buckle down and focus. That’s been true for me in reading, watching and playing. I’m not going to say I don’t like my gaming “corn fritters,” too, but I walk away more satisfied when I choose to focus on less. I’m also in a season of life where I need to accept that fact that I cannot play every game, watch every show or read every book. I need to choose wisely and remember that the greatest spectacle in the universe is not on a screen, but in the person of Jesus (Tony Reinke’s book, Competing Spectacles has been helping me with that lately). Easy to say, but hard to live in a world where seemingly endless entertainment awaits at our fingertips.
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What’s funny, is that I’ve been doing well with the Five Day Reading Plan. I am kind of a serial bouncer when it comes to games. Takes me awhile to find something I enjoy/want to buckle down into. Spider-Man was one of the last games I loved play through. Can’t recommend it enough. Favorite depiction of him in awhile.