I never, ever, thought I would be wanting classes to start again. It dawned on me yesterday that I am actually wanting Summer to end. I can’t wait for August to be over and September to be on the way out. Obviously, I game in my free time. The summer has given me nothing but inordinate amounts of free time, but that does me absolutely no good when I’m in a gaming drought.
There are no MMORPGs that I want to play until September 20. Call of Duty 4 (my go-to game in a drought) isn’t fun for more than short 20 min bursts. Heroes of Newerth is fun, and my current primary game, but due to the amount of time being invested I’m starting to feel fatigued when I play – that feeling of “I like this game, but I’d rather be watching TV”.
When I bounce between games I stop enjoying gaming. I need consistency, progression, effort leading to reward, and comfort in knowing that what I’ll play today will still be fun next week.
It’s that feeling I’ve come to call ‘Looking Forward To Syndrome’ where you could be happy playing what you have, but you’re looking forward to what’s coming out and become emotionally detached from what you currently have on your plate.
September 20-22 – Aion (MMORPG)
November 3 – Dragon Age: Origins
November 10 – Modern Warfare 2
Those are three titles that I will be playing (with release dates) for a long (barring any unforeseen change of opinion post-release) time.
Til then, it’s a drought for me. I’ll be trying to conserve and ration my fun with the games I can tolerate playing until it’s over. Side projects for the blog (that we’ll be introducing within a few days) will be a great distraction as well.
Does anyone else feel like we’re in a drought? I know a lot of people are currently enjoying some of the games out there, but for those of you that were not swept off your feet and dazzled, what are you currently playing? Feels like the industry as a whole is just trying to get by each day. Checking Massively (no offense to the EVE crowd, but when EVE is the biggest thing to talk about all day you know things are slow), Shacknews, and the other news sites daily shows a slow trend. I’m even uninspired to dig into and blog about mechanics or to analyze and theorycraft about the coming up games. In a way, it feels like my muse went on a vacation and won’t be back for a few months.
Maybe it’s the calm before the storm… +1 Optimism!