The Ever-Closer Loom Of November 10th

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I know it’s been October for over 36 hours now, but it occurred to me this morning that one of the biggest days in gaming is fast approaching: November 10th.

When I sat back and realized that date is next month, I couldn’t believe it. I am so far behind in my games released in 2015 (let alone everything prior), the impending arrival of two presumably excellent games in under six weeks sort of put me in a panic. Especially because one of them is a massive open world game.

Combine this with my seemingly endless playing of Destiny, and you have the makings of a video game bottleneck of epic proportions.

From everything I’ve seen and read, Fallout 4 looks pretty spectacular. The scope of the game is massive. If Bethesda’s history is anything to go on, the game will keep people playing for indefinitely long amounts of time.

And that’s a little imposing to someone staring down a huge backlog.

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Crystal Dynamics’ Rise of the Tomb Raider arrives on the same day. Oof.

While I have both Fallout and Tomb Raider on pre-order, I will definitely be tackling Tomb Raider first. I played through the previous entry in two days and I’d rather knock that one out before diving headfirst into a game that I very well may be playing weeks and weeks of.

When combining these two games with the backlog of major games this year that I’ve yet to even start (e.g.: Batman: Arkham Knight, Tearaway: Unfolded, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain), not to mention the ones I’ve started but come nowhere near finishing (e.g.: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Bloodborne), I find myself looking at a pile of games that I may not get to by December 31st.

As someone who likes to be productive, that’s a weird pill to swallow. And as much as I’d like to make progress before November 10th, I find pretty much the only game I want to play right now is Destiny. And playing countless hours of Destiny (instead of any other game) makes progress pretty much nonexistent.

So with these thoughts, I ponder the bizarre cycle that is my lack of video game productivity.

Are you also looking forward to/dreading the arrival of November 10th? If so, are you planning on knocking out other games before then? Or will you just drop everything when that day arrives to take part in all the digital goodness?

With that, I wish each of you a glorious weekend. I have high hopes that I won’t have to spend the majority of it resting in bed trying to shake off this nonsense sickness that seems hell-bent on hanging around.

Cheers, friends!

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  1. November 10th is insane! Two games of such epic proportions on the same day is both incredible and a little bit intimidating.

    I too have a lot that I want to play between now and then. We shall see if there is enough time to complete everything worth completing. (My guess is no way!) But regardless, I can’t wait to dive into Tomb Raider and Fallout when they arrive.

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  2. Fallout 4 looks amazing, in true Bethesda fashion. Also in true Bethesda fashion it will likely need a number of patches soon after release. Not a judgement, I have no idea what it would take to release a perfect massive open-world game. It should be good to go by the time I start and get through Fallout 3 and New Vegas.

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    • Oh probably. I’m still really looking forward to it, even though I couldn’t get into 3 for the life of me. I’m actually kind of amazed that Bethesda makes games as big as they do and that they have comparatively few issues (considering all that COULD go wrong). It will be interesting to see how the launch plays out.

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