I really wanted to call this post ‘Restoring Balance’ — but I’m not even playing the Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Empire game yet. So it might’ve been a bit on the nose. … Well, even more on the nose. But there is a bit of a tie in. We’ll get back to that soon though.
Perhaps unsurprisingly since the Five Game Challenge wrapped-up, I’ve been like a kid in a candy shop. Sampling some of this, a bit of that. Further, I went so far as to buy two new titles in a sale on Green Man Gaming’s Black Friday sale.
- Resident Evil 2 (2019 Remaster)
- Hitman 2: Gold Edition
In fact, looking at my games played just since I published the wrap-up, there is already 3x the number of titles compared to what I played all of last month.
|Rank||Game||Hours||% Gaming Time|
|2||X4: Foundations 3.0 Beta||1.7||20.1%|
|4||Resident Evil 2 (2019)||1.0||12.2%|
I recognise the behaviour. I suppose it’s similar to fishing. Casting the line out again and again to see what catches. Partly I think the return to this behaviour is an over correction to the (relatively) strict limits placed on myself over November.
I think there is going to be by necessity a bit of a process to go through, to learn how best to achieve these ends. I noticed the struggle trying to set new goals for the month of December once I went beyond the known quantity of Warframe.
In a setup wherein I can play anything — not just a small selection from a set of predefined games, how does one actually set meaningful gaming goals?
It’d be a lot easier if I was fully invested in an MMO to the exclusion of all else. Warframe isn’t quite to that level (even though I do expect it to be the #1 game by time played again this month), so I needed more.
I was saved this month by having a new title (Transport Fever 2) that I knew I was going to be interested in covering. But that isn’t always going to be the case. Not by a long shot.
Then I had the bonus goal. Going back and finishing The Outer Worlds, which I rather pushed to the side in order to embark on the November Five Game Challenge. Also not a usual case.
So tackling this come January is going to be interesting. I’m sure I’ll think of something. (Either that, or I’ll decided goals aren’t for me. ;))
Oh. Right! Also, I mentioned a tie in to the Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Empire game.
With the forced period of not being able to jump in on the initial impulse, and having to let it sit for a while — it has been interesting observing my own interest levels for the title over time. Before it released I was very ‘meh’ about it. The gameplay trailers didn’t really look all that compelling.
Then some of my favourite Streamer’s started playing. And while I didn’t watch a great deal in order to maintain a degree of freshness for the story — I watched enough for the hype curve to start peaking. I wanted to play right awaaaay.
But I couldn’t.
And over a relatively short period of time, the hype returned to a degree of normalcy. Relooking at it with a more critical eye — noting of course I’ve still had zero personal hands-on time — it started to become a little more apparent that maybe the ranting hype drives around this game is just that we’ve come to expect so little from EA as a publisher.
And here we have a singleplayer title. With no microtransactions.
Everyone wanted to support EA in making more of this.
And I do too — but while Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Empire was great in that respect, it seemed very cut back in others. Some might say ‘streamlined’ but I suspect instead ‘made on a budget’. (Although don’t get me wrong, the production values themselves look very high!)
The forced delay tempered the desire to play. Even though I can access it via my Origin subscriptions without needing to pay another cent.
So I think that if I can hold off on a new-game purchase for even a period of a week or two, I can likely much a more rational purchase decision. I think this might be a rule I try apply to myself in an effort to get better value out of the things I already have.
There will be some exceptions — Hai2u Cyberpunk 2077 — but for the most part, I’m going to try apply this rule and see how it goes.