The Hilarity Of Playing Multiple Games Concurrently

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One of my 2016 gaming resolutions was to simply play more games. And I’ve done that. Some might say I’ve done that to a bit of a nonsensical degree.

I’ve already completed six games so far this year. Six. That’s not bad! But I’ve gotten so gung ho about maximizing my time, that I’ve found myself in a new situation: I’m juggling several very different games at once, and I have to say, it’s a bit confusing at times.

Most of my time has been occupied by the stellar Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. I started the game last May when it released, and due to a couple of issues with glitches in the game that I was waiting to be patched out, I put it aside and then never got back to it until this past week.

The Witcher is known for being one of the largest open-world games out there. It’s massive, dense, and intriguing. I find myself wanting to play it when I should be doing basic things like eating and sleeping and…writing (this is my most last minute post ever!). Those effects are hallmarks of engaging and wonderful games, and I love that I’m finally getting my hooks back into The Witcher. I was so nervous about picking up where I left off (about 20 hours in to the game), but I’ve gotten my bearings and I’m doing okay (more or less).

I’ve also picked Dying Light back up to be ready for The Following DLC which drops on February 9th. I had a blast with Dying Light when it released early last year, and I can’t wait for the DLC.

But that control scheme.

It took me far longer than it should have to pick up the controls (and interface), in no small part because my brain is all about The Witcher. I nearly ate it a few times because my grasp of the controls was muddled with the controls for various other games I’ve been playing.

But it certainly made for some amusing moments.

Add to that that I’ve been catching up on some games on my Vita and 3DS (which means I’m trying out a lot of games, hence a lot of new control schemes), which only adds to the mental chaos which is me trying desperately to recall how exactly I’m supposed to play any given game properly.

It’s pretty funny.

I typically only play one new game at a time, so this situation is a new one on me. Some games I’ve played so much and gone back to so often (I’m looking at you, Borderlands), that I am comfortable jumping in anytime, anywhere. But hand me a slew of new games and I’m suddenly thinking to myself…what does the right trigger do? Is that to use my sword? Or to cast my signs (it’s the latter)?

Eventually I figure it out and everything goes along moderately well, but I do miss having full confidence in whatever I was doing. Now I’m just trying to go with it and have a good time.

It’s working!

Has that ever happened to you? If so, which games were you juggling? Did you end up failing more often than you wanted because of it?

I know I sure have. But no regrets. I’m just glad to be playing.

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  1. This is why I’ve been playing the Banner Saga and ONLY the Banner Saga. I couldn’t imagine trying to balance that game’s story with anything else. Also the reason I haven’t gone back to Witcher 3. I’m terrified of trying to remember what I was doing or how to play that game. It’s been a while since I last touched it.

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    • That’s smart. I’ve had to kind of restrict how many games I’m playing as I’m trying as hard as I can to finish The Witcher by the 9th.

      And dude, you can absolutely dive back in. Sure, there will be an hour or so where everything feels weird, but you will pick it back up in little time. I mean if I can do it, you definitely can.

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  2. Sounds like your year is off to a great start! That’s wonderful!

    I have a really hard time trying to play more than one game at a time for the same reasons you mentioned. More often than not, if I try out a new game before I’m finished with a current one, I end up completely lost when I go back and end up starting over.

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  3. Switching between two control schemes is actually a huge problem for me when I’m playing diablo. Takes me a handful of runs to get my pace back up lol.

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    • Okay, I don’t feel so bad, then. I had to hop in to a Destiny match the other day at a moment’s notice and it wasn’t even my preferred character and wow…I was a mess.

      I really need to finish The Witcher so I can move on to all these other games.

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