Homecoming: Why are video games so hard to come back to?

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A long time ago (2014), in a living room far far away, I asked Wyatt to help me create my Dragon Age: Inquisition character.

Me on my throne.

We created a:

  • Scrawny Elf
  • With a facial tattoo that covers his entire face
  • Who carries a two-handed sword
  • And has a deep voice

I loved playing as him.

I sunk hours into Dragon Age: Inquisition until I hit the wall and got stuck in the game. At this point, I am sure, a new game entered my orbit, and I blasted away from my elf and the inquisition.

My throne room.

I loaded Dragon Age: Inquisition once more last night. Combat/gameplay rhythms were unfamiliar after being away from the game for so long. My elf had not changed… but I have.

Unlike reading multiple books at the same time, I think video games are harder not to play fully invested in. With big AAA games, I tend to forget about the:

  • Controls (muscle memory does help with skill-based games)
  • Story (I’m thankful for the games that feature a story recap)
  • How much I cared/was invested in characters

So I wanted to ask you:

  1. How long is too long to come back to a game?
  2. At what point do you give up/delete/move on because you simply do not care anymore?

Let me know in the comments below!

The Gamer Devotional: In the Image of God

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“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” – Genesis 1:27

The anticipation of actually playing/ entering the game world for the first time is killing you. All that stands in your way is the character creation screen. Do you settle for the default avatar or do you choose to add a bit of personal flourish?

mass-effect-3-character-creationPatience wins out this round. Good for you. Soon you find yourself adjusting:

  • Eye Color
  • Hair Style
  • Armpit Hair Length, etc.

Depending on your preferences, this process could go on for quite sometime. Finally satisfied though, you confirm your creation and embark upon the latest adventure.

When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

Do you see someone made in the very image of God?