Too Many Games, Too Little Time/Energy

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My usual game consumption per week involves logging in for my SWTOR operations three or four times a week for about 2.5 hours per session. Filthy casual, right? Sometimes I feel like it’s too little and too much gaming at the same time. I spend a lot of time at work, at the gym, doing housework, taking care of my dogs, and running various other errands. I am so impressed how people can balance their lives around gaming. I’m so tired all the time, and sometimes playing games is more taxing than I’d like when I want to relax. (I’ll expand more about being exhausted all the time when I tell you about my aerial classes in a future blog post!)

If I had more time and energy, I’d love to be playing more games, but I feel guilty sometimes playing other games when I know I have things to work on in SWTOR. Before, I already felt like there was pressure to do a lot in-game, and know more than the average player, due to the podcast and the blog. Now that I’m a guild officer, I feel like I should be in-game even more. However, I should just play whatever I want and not worry so much.

Here are some games that I look forward to playing when I get around to them:

Fallout 4

My boyfriend, I think (from hearing his comments about various Twitch streams we watched at home), is unimpressed with Fallout 4, but he hasn’t played any of the previous Fallout games or Skyrim for that matter. I loved Skyrim, but have not played any of the previous Fallout games. Since it’s developed by Bethesda, though, I think I would really like the game, and I want to try it out. Maybe I can try out some of the older Fallout games that are on sale first, but if it’s anything like Skyrim, it seems like it will take a lot of time to play through!

Nancy Drew Mystery Games

There are so many games in the Nancy Drew Mystery games series that I’d love to be playing through, but they require a bit of focus and playing through all at once. It’s difficult to stop playing in the middle of these games and come back, because you have to remember where to go, what to click, what clues and puzzles you’re working on, and more. If you haven’t tried out any of these games by Her Interactive, I’d recommend them! I think they’re pretty challenging as an adult (not just for kids!), and sometimes you can learn some scientific and/or historical information from them as well.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

I tried Rise of the Tomb Raider when I went to PAX Prime earlier this year, and the graphics were amazing! Cinematics would play, but then it transitioned smoothly into gameplay. Basically the gameplay graphics are as good as the cinematics. I don’t have an Xbox One, so I can’t play this game right now anyway. When it comes out on PC early next I definitely will get it!

The Sims 4

EA released a new expansion “The Sims 4 Get Together” in November. With The Sims, I tend to binge-play it in a week and leave it alone again for months, but I still like the game! I’d like to try it out sometime, but since the expansion is new, I think I’ll wait a little while until it possibly goes on sale or when I have more time and motivation to play The Sims 4.

Witcher 3

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I still haven’t played Witcher 3, and I hear the game is absolutely amazing! In fact it won Game of the Year at the 2015 Game Awards about a week ago. I haven’t played any of the prior iterations of the game, and I only vaguely know what it’s about (there are witches, right?). However, it looks like so much fun, especially with the things I’ve heard about the game, where some of your actions and choices really do affect what happens around you (Ex: kill too many wolves, overpopulation of deer. Is that a real thing?)

What games would you recommend for me, considering the ones I’m interested in playing now? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @Heather_PLS!

3 Comments

  1. Cherkov

    December 11, 2015 at 8:44 am

    When I was single, I work all day and play all night. Now I am married with two kids, I sleep early with the kids, around 8 pm, get my 8 hours zzzz, then wake up at 4am, play swtor or Total War (Rome 2 or Shogun 2) till 6am, then prepare for my kid’s school and work. That’s 2 hours at most everyday. 😀

  2. Joseph Brown

    December 11, 2015 at 10:02 am

    I found with my Job there times i can my gaming time then went away with On 6 month duty or longer things pass you by and in need of a major fix and not able to get it. Then the day my life took a major turn and now have all the time in the world to play and enjoy making friends and ops can be a taxing on the mind cause your downing a boss counts on 7/15 others not standing in fire or not on the ball. And trying to rush cause there in a time crunch.

  3. Marc

    December 14, 2015 at 10:05 am

    I know the feeling. A few years back I was raiding in WoW 4 nights/3hours. Slowly I went from 3,2,1 and now…..I’m only doing Ops every other week for one night. I told myself after leaving wow for SWtOR that I’d keep it casual and to my amazement I’m so much more happy in my day to day gaming. No pressure or grinding!! However I do miss the deep camaraderie you get with a consistent team. Hopefully I can find a team that raids consistently 1 night for like 4 hrs. Hard to come by, I know ;p

    @ffpmmarc (Megacode)

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