I am using this post to announce that I’m going to be taking a break from hardcore gaming for a while. Not gamevain.com, but just hardcore gaming. While games are certainly a huge part of my life, and will continue to remain so, I think there comes a time when you need to step back and look at the big picture of what you want to accomplish in life. For me, I dream big. I want to develop a game, and it’s nearly impossible to develop a game when you can’t stop playing the fucking things. It’s also impossible to spend any amount of timing writing for a proper gaming blog if I can’t pull myself away from 11 hour marathon sessions of FTL. Where the fuck I even found 11 hours is beyond me, but I’m on a massive sleep deficit, I work 40+ hours a week, and I have too much else I want to do with my life at the moment.
That said, my desire to take a gaming break for a bit also comes from a desire to enjoy playing games again. If you saw my games of the generation article (please read, I measure my self worth by your page views), you will probably notice that my tastes are a little odd. This is because I have spent too much time playing games to the point where really good, highly polished, AAA experiences have become less fun for me. Nowadays I tend to be only entertained if a game is doing something new and interesting, regardless of the actual polish level of the product. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but when I can sit on a game like Bioshock Infinite and have no freakin’ desire to even load it up because I’m jacking off my beam saber in No More Heroes 2, something is going wrong.
Of course, maybe this is just a permeant change in my tastes of games. Who really knows. What I do know is that I have books to read, languages to learn, and scripts to write, and I can’t do any of that when I have four consoles on hand at any given time.
OH FUCK. The new Final Fantasy XI expansion is out soon.