Since I started playing Warcraft, I don’t think I’ve played any other game in anger. Any. That is bizarre, given it’s been 2 years or so.
Before WoW (WoW-BC) I would play games like NWN, KotoR, HL2, etc. Post WoW (WoW-AD) those kind of games are all languishing in my Steam queue unplayed. I still buy the occasional game (hello Dragon Age) with the intent to play them, but never seem to get around to it - the siren call of WoW always wins. This is probably not a good thing. And yet I can’t seem to find the time required to invest in a new game (which is not an FPS or something of similar pick-up-and-play simplicity) and also keep Warcraft chugging along.
The only other game I play regularly is Civ4, and that is only as a participant in a PBEM game with a few friends - in other words, about 1 minute of play every few days. This kind of MMO-obsession, or MMO-exclusivity, is nothing new. It’s probably even an official affliction these days, like being Tiger Woods. It is strange however that one game can absorb all your gaming time and needs. Sometimes I resent it, which is also not a good thing.
I’m not sure what the conclusion here is, and maybe one game is enough. But I can’t help feeling like I’m missing out on all that other gaming action that people rave about - Mass Effect 2 being the latest. In fact, I’m going to fire up Steam right now, and download Mass Effect 1 (I’m a series completionist at heart). And I’m determined to actually play it. Lok’tar!
kraak - Mar 1, 2010
I think it depends on how much time you have available. WoW is time-intensive - in and out of the actual game - it’s epic. But if you just want to have a bit of quick fun you can’t beat Gridrunner on the Vic-20. Pure gameplay.
Stroeb - Mar 1, 2010
Ahhh, Gridrunner. An update has just been made available on Steam as it happens! But what we want is the original, complete with off-centre screen :-) http://www.llamasoft.co.uk/grintro2.php