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


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!

Surf Report


Surf ReportWelcome to the Monday edition of the Surf Report. A quick stop to the Bryan shop.

.: God:

Church is about what you do, who you are, and being the hands and feet of Christ. Too often we, as Christians, get caught up in the physical building of the church. The walls we build can blind us and hold us back from doing what we need to do.

Yesterday, after a quick breakfast and message, my family and I loaded up and headed to a local grocery store. There we handed out giftcards, in the store (with permission), just to make someones day better.

I’m hesitant to write about this because I don’t want it to come across as bragging. I was/am excited about getting out in the community and making a difference, even if that difference is a giftcard to help with groceries.

.: Life:

Had a date with a rototiller this weekend. Together we attacked:

  • Two flower beds
  • Soil in the garden
  • A small space out front for seed planting

There is something satisfying about working outside.

.: Gaming:

Accidentally found myself fighting for the Traveler once again in Destiny. Completed a level I had been stuck on for awhile. Actually the reason I had quit playing the game.

destiny-2Destiny, even at it’s worst, is still a better game than Dragon Age Inquisition. The shooting mechanics are solid, there are no Rare-like fetch quests, and I feel like the game respects my time. The story may be a bit undercooked but the music/graphics/gameplay make up for it. I’m in love with Destiny again. Oh, I also made it to Venus. Goodbye Moon!

Side Note: My experience with Paperbound will be up tomorrow. Stay tuned!

Wave SplinterThat’s it for this weeks Surf Report. Make sure to comment below and have a good week!