Like Siks post on parenthood a while back, I too have encountered some difficulty in getting to play all of my games. It comes with the territory. But there are other concerns: being older.
I’m 42. Which means I have fuzz in places I’d rather not mention, and am steadily losing it in places I’d rather keep. But being an older gamer (more than 16 years old) means my priorities in gaming are also different. I not only have limited time to play each game but I also have limited time left on this planet. So (when not reviewing them) I choose my games carefully.
I choose games because of their speed and accessibility. I don’t have time to sit around building up to a level 94 character on WoW, or endlessly grinding on Destiny for the sake of a shiny shekle or two that I can then save up to hand over to some less than trustworthy chap from Jupiter for a big boom stick with a catchy name. I just don’t have the time.
In fact, in the time you’ve read this part of the article, the grim reaper has taken a dozen or so steps closer to my mortal coil. It doesn’t look good at all. So speed is of the essence. And my games follow suit.
Some of my favourites do unfortunately require a fair bit of playtime investment: Forza Motorsport 6, GTA V, Shadow of Mordor, and the Skyrim. They’re all great titles and deserve plenty of playtime, especially when you consider the amount of money and time invested in creating them.
But, for me, with my receding mortality, it’s too much in terms of time. Forza requires my time to rank up, unlock cars, perfect track times, create improved liveries and so on.
GTA V is a big game with plenty to do. Too much, in fact. I haven’t even completed it and my online rank is a measly 22. And the other two games? Well, let’s just leave it at that.
The solution I’ve found for this is campaign or career games that can be completed reasonably quickly. And online multiplayer that’s quick to jump on and get involved. World of Tanks, Halo, Battlefield 1, Forza Horizon, Destiny.
“Wait a minute!” I hear you cry. “You just said you don’t have time for Destiny.” That’s right, mostly. However, Destiny is one of those games that that I can quickly jump in and out of. I don’t need to sit there for twenty minutes trying to get a game. It’s popular, which means people are always playing it. And it’s a persistent, open world title. I don’t necessarily need to donate large periods of personal time to Destiny, it’s sort of always around if I fancy jumping in for a quick strike mission or just wandering around. Though I’ll admit it’s longevity for me isn’t based around countless skins and weapon upgrades.
It’s the same with Skyrim. I don’t have to play for hours. I simply can’t. But I can complete a single quest in one sitting, which means I gradually level up. But GTA V is just too big a game, with too many distractions for me to devote considerable time to it.
At the moment I’m frequently playing World of Tanks, Skyrim, Forza Horizon 3, the Division and Titanfall 2. They’re all quick, easily accessible titles. And I can get out what I want from them relatively easily and relatively quickly.
I’m looking forward to retirement, when I’ll have time to play with whatever is current at the time. Most likely a penis-based VR derived questing game called Halo: World of Duty the Battlefield of Elder Scrolls VI.
Flugel Meister (Dave) is a longtime video gaming fan, who's love for all things pixelated began way back in 1980, when he ventured onto his brother's Grandstand console before progressing to a Dragon 32 and then a Spectrum 48K. That's right. he's old. When he's not gaming, he can be found swimming in the country's reserves of cheesecake.
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