Blargh, I tell you. Blargh!
I find it extremely difficult to write about gaming when I am not gaming. It's frustrating as I see all of you poking your noses in here to see what I'm writing about - and no doubt that comes with heavy dissapointment. Bored and Unispired Gameaholics Anonymous (BUGA) chatter, after the break.
I haven't been playing anything. A little bit of MLB 2K9 - which has beauty presentation but the more you play the lack of basic baseball mechanics sucks. There is nothing wrong with all pretty and nothing upstairs for a little bit, but after a while it lacks any sort of staying power. First date yes, second date maybe not. I took the WAR 10 day trial (again) and made it through 30 minutes before shaking my head and wondering... why am I doing this again? Booted up the EVE trial - SUCH a beautiful game. I could just fly around and enjoy the immersive scenery. After waiting 20 minutes for my first skillup I was reminded why I didn't stick with it. (I am too casual for EVE - make no mistake about it. While the visuals and mechanics are sweet, I need a game that LOOKS like EVE, plays like EVE, but made for faster gratification in shorter bursts. I am not bashing the game, I have done trials on it a few times and often very close to buying. It just doesn't fit me, unfortunately). I popped into L4D for a couple survival modes, and flirted with the thought of honing my leet FPS skills with my shotty in BF2142. I just.. well.. not having fun playing games right now. It just isn't doing it for me. I almost resubbed to WoW (yes, I unsubbed again - 4th or 5th time) just to see the new Druid skins. I am in a downward cycle of booting up games I have, being "surprisingly" disappointed after 20 minutes, then digging deeper on my harddrive for the next "dissapointment".
I am in dire need of a new experience. My wife thinks I am cheating on her right now. Usually come Friday and Saturday nights, and my little one is off to bed I am entirely content toiling away at my PC gaming while she watches her shows. It has been a very consistent thing in our lives, and we are both happy for it. Lately I have been going out "with the boys" for the odd adult beverage. "Whats going on with your games?" she asks - inquisitively and hardly trusting. She doesn't mind I play them, and realizes it is a huge source of entertainment for me. "Nothing. Sadly, nothing is going on with them."
"Did you just put gel in your hair? Is that cologne" - cue suspicion
"I thought you wanted to raid again?" - blow below the belt, of course. That's just mean.
With the lack of fun gaming on my agenda right now I have stuck towards working Friday and Saturday nights. It is amazing how productive you can be when the phone isn't ringing off the hook. For the sake of my marriage, and my sanity (all work and no play...) I need a new game. I need a single player game though, something I can jump in and out of. This game needs to capture my imagination, challenge me in some ways (physically, intellectually, or hell, even emotionally at this point).
I have promised myself to go give M59 a whirl for something old, something new (something borrowwed something blue?) to support Psychochild after reading his input on many o' blogs (I do like to vote with my wallet for support - whether it has any real effect in this market or not, it's the principal) but hardly have the time for any sort of MMO and actually want to give it a fair shake.
I am curious about Blood Bowl - I never played the table top game, but I love sports, and fantasy characters, and blood, and uh, strategy games. Mostly here though I am curious if that Blood Bowl is a pure tabletop conversion with fancy graphics - can someone please do that to Battletech?
Other games I even have an inkling for are a couple years stuck in development. I can barely Beta test the games I am in right now as they are the same games I have been playing for 6 years already.
Any suggestions? Anyone else feeling the same pain as me?
Remember, the first step in BUGA is admission.