I said when I kicked off this semi-hiatus that I hadn’t lost my interest in the pastime of gaming. While generally true, it certainly hasn’t been in evidence for a while. On the Mum front — we managed to convince her to go into hospital, despite the raft of fears and traumas that this entails. One of the main conditions for this being true is that we (her kids) were allowed to stay with her around the clock.

My shift is overnight which certainly has challenges of its own and is every night now rather than one in three, but in some ways, I find this easier even so. While we were helping Mum at home the view of the world was a very dark one. I couldn’t see any light, any source of hope that the situation would ever get better.

While there is no misunderstanding of the situation, we know full well that there isn’t any ‘cure’ for Parkinson’s as yet, getting the pain under control again and working through a new medication regime in the context of the hospital has at least shone that little ray of hope onto the proceedings that I think we all needed.

We still don’t really know when or how this will all end and certainly it continues to be a significant drain on energy and mental resilience but… Circling back to the post title; the urge to actually play a game — something more than just an idle game I occasionally check in on while it runs in the background — is increasing to the point where it might burst through the low energy barrier.

V Rising — Just launched into Early Access. (Screenshot from Steam; I haven’t loaded it up yet.)

V Rising might be one to push through. It just launched into Early Access yesterday and could be right up my alley. It’s an ARPG but with survival elements, including building your own castle. Oh- and also, you’re a vampire! So the daytime is scary.

I also picked up the Death Stranding Director’s Cut upgrade since a) it was cheap, and b) I never finished the originally released version but always wanted to.

Underlying all this is still Elden Ring waiting to be finished, too. According to ManicTime, I’ve only touched it for about 3-hours this month. Maybe I’ll manage some more before the month is done? It sits over me as a bit of a shadow too when contemplating any other game as I really wanted to get through it before going to anything else, and! I think I actually would’ve managed it too without the change in life situation.

As for Lost Ark, I think any kind of MMO is just out of the question for the moment. I’ll be cutting that from the sidebar for the foreseeable future.

Those are probably the main ones to provide updates on right now… Oh! Except to also note that it is my turn for the XCOM 2 Succession Game. UnwiseOwl had his turn at the beginning of May, so that means the game is now waiting on me. Perhaps this weekend I’ll give that a go.1 :)

This is all certainly going to cut into my recently created show watching time though. Hah.


  1. And hopefully not make too much of a mess of it!


Gamer, reader, writer, husband and father of two boys. Former WoW and Gaming blogger, making a return to the fold to share my love of all things looty.


MagiWasTaken · May 18, 2022 at 12:47 pm

Nait, I’m glad that there is some hope! Sending all the love to you and your family! You got this! Everything will be okay, I’m sure of it.

As for games, I understand the urge and V Rising looks interesting indeed! Hope you enjoy it!

    Naithin · May 19, 2022 at 9:23 am

    Yeah, looking forward to having a sit down with it when I get the chance.

    Thanks for the well wishes.

WCRobinson · May 18, 2022 at 12:47 pm

Hope things aren’t too stressful on the health front – not going to pretend I know exactly what the situation is like, but I am sending positive energy your way! Also hope you get some time to yourself to unwind and play the games you mentioned now and then. :)

    Naithin · May 19, 2022 at 9:24 am

    Thanks bud. My shift in the hospital is basically midnight through to anytime from about 9-12pm depending on how the day is going and when next person can get there.

    Usually rest a bit after getting home if I can, but then could, in theory, play some games in the evening a bit later before going to the hospital. Just… haven’t. So far, at least.

    I think I will soon. :)

Nimgimli · May 19, 2022 at 3:30 am

First, it’s great to see a post from you! Thanks for checking in with us!

I’m glad you got your mom in hospital so everyone can feel at least a little better and more hopeful and most importantly, that she can be a little more comfortable.

As others mentioned, it’d probably be really good for your mental health if you can find the time and energy to get lost in a game for an hour or so every now and then. You need to take care of YOU, too.

Wishing you and your family all the best.

    Naithin · May 19, 2022 at 9:26 am

    Thanks Pete.

    Doing what we can. The self-care such as have been able to do it, so far, has been in binge watching a number of shows in my downtime in the evenings.

    That’s all good and well, but thinking gaming might make a return to that mix soon. Then again, I have felt that for a few days now and haven’t quite done it yet!

Aywren Sojourner · May 19, 2022 at 3:41 am

I hope things work out for you and your family. Sending good vibes to you all!

Based on what you’ve written here, I’m a bit interested in V Rising. I really like the art style and the concept. Reading on the Steam page itself, though, it seems like there’s a bit of PVP going on, however. Is there a way to play the game without other people popping in to attack you? And if not, is it really that big of a deal? I’d love to hear more.

    Naithin · May 19, 2022 at 9:28 am

    Thanks Aywren.

    re: PvP — you can select the server type, ranging from PvE only through to a more hardcore PvP mode with full loot drop on death.

    Or, you can simply host your own / setup a single player instance and play without anyone else around at all.

    No idea yet first hand how the bosses are balanced. One would assume they’re all soloable, but I still haven’t dipped my toes in just yet.

Bhagpuss · May 19, 2022 at 8:38 am

Good wishes to your mum. Hope things improve on that front.

This makes the third or maybe fourth post I’ve read in twenty-four hours to mention V Rising. I sense a disturbance in the zeitgeist…

    Naithin · May 19, 2022 at 9:30 am

    Thanks for the well wishes, Bhagpuss.

    re: V Rising; I’ve seen in general reviewer commentary a number of them invoking Valheim.

    Less as a direct comparison, as beyond having survival elements there are more differences than similarities, but in the frame of, ‘The most fun I’ve had with a survival game since Valheim’ type things.

    So aye, it may well get there! My concerns (just from watching, not having laid hands on it first hand at all yet) is that V Rising may end up being a tad simplistic for my tastes, but we’ll see!

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