Living Without Games... Sort Of
Sometimes it's easy to forget how good something is until it's gone. In my case, the realisation that I wouldn't be playing on my consoles or my PC for a large chunk of time was one of the worst realisations I've had. How am I faring? Read on to find out.
Over the last month, my usual gaming routine has been non-existent. After being overseas for two weeks, I came back home to find I that I would be moving out of my apartment. All my gaming gear, including my beloved PC, was packed up, and I was left with what I had brought with me on my overseas adventure: my Playstation Vita, my 3DS, and a largely incapable laptop.
But surely, even handheld gaming is still better than nothing, right? Well, I guess that depends on who you ask, since some people really do abhor the idea of handheld gaming. For me, handheld gaming works depending on my mood. While in the Philippines, I really enjoyed playing more convenient PSP games. Patapon 2 and Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley took up most of my time on the Vita. I was surprised that my go-to game on the 3DS ended up being Professor Layton and the Curious Village. Lucky for me, I forgot the answers to most of the puzzles, so it was fun replaying it.
My use of those handhelds probably totaled more play time than all the other moments leading up to that trip, yet I wasn't feeling like I was missing out on something. That's when it occurred to me, "I can do this. I could totally live life playing games much less than I currently do."
Holy crap was I wrong.
When I got back into Australia, I completely mistook those feelings of not wanting to play something as "I have cured my addiction to gaming". On the contrary, being faced with so many decisions as to things I could play and not knowing what I felt like playing, I was overwhelmed and chose to not play anything at all. Oh, how I regret doing that.
With everything currently packed away, I'm itching to play something so immersive that I start confusing the game with reality, like the time I played Fallout: New Vegas so much I tried collecting the tops of beer bottles at a party because I thought they were currency. Yes, I did that. I want to climb the rooftops in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and yell at the townsfolk for getting in my way. I miss swearing my head off at enemy soldiers in Battlefield 3 for killing me when that's part of the game.
I really miss being whisked away into another world, playing a character that I will never be, saving the day from the perils that face the NPCs who know nothing of their impending doom.
So, while I wait to get that shiny new apartment where I can set up my gaming command centre, I've had to find something to tide me over. You'd think that I'd go back to the handhelds, or even play Minecraft on my barely capable laptop, but no, I've fallen prey to mobile games. On my Android phone, I play games like Triple Town and Plants vs Zombies until it goes flat. Then I connect it to my phone charger and keep playing.
It's a sad state of affairs, especially when I know that I'm a power point and a few cables away from my games. But I know if I rip one box open to play my games, who knows where it will stop? I feel like I've been starved of my games for so long, that I'll be completely uncontrollable when the time comes.
I hope that time is soon.