As I sit here writing this, it’s almost 5am. Last night, I thought to myself, “Hey. I should play fifteen minutes of South Park: The Fractured But Whole so I can write a bit more about it.”
Five hours later, I realized what time it was, said, CRAP CRAP CRAP out loud, and realized I had stayed up all night playing.
It’s been quite some time since I did that.
The older I get, the more I realize I can’t pull all-nighters like I used to. Staying awake all night makes me feel like total garbage the following day. Or, wait, the same day? Today.
Clearly I am already feeling the effects of not sleeping.
If you had told me earlier this year that I’d be playing the South Park game (and that it would have released at all), and enjoying it so much that I was missing sleep, I would have laughed. Yet, here I am, having an excellent time of it.
It’s been a hell of a year. I think just the thing I needed was a ridiculous game, and this entirely fits that bill.
During my marathon play session last night, I wound up with a shark costume! I slapped that thing right on and went bopping around South Park with my fetching shark hat on display. It was magnificent.
Some of the jokes are so out there, I’ve actually said NO WAY out loud. I love that they aren’t afraid to make biting commentary on, well, anything.
I’m not especially adept at the turn-based combat, but I’m developing better strategies over time. I still wish I was more adept at the system, but I’m enjoying playing something so far out of my comfort zone. This is just the palate refresher I needed.
I’m hoping to make good progress in South Park today and, before Friday, I’d like to go back and pick up where I left off with Wolfenstein. With Wolfenstein 2 releasing on Friday, I’d like to have the first one under my belt in preparation. Also releasing on Friday is Assassin’s Creed: Origins, and I feel like the deluge of excellent releases this year is coming to some sort of fantastical apex. I’ve already made peace with the fact there is no possible way I will get caught up on all the 2017 releases I’d like to, but I’m still hoping to knock out as many as I possibly can.
I’ve heavily tapered off Destiny 2, as my frustrations with the game have been mounting. I’m checking in here and there, but until Bungie makes some sweeping changes (hopefully by the time the first expansion drops later this year), I’m going to continue to put in minimal time. I’m also feeling awfully odd about the Activision patent that was leaked last week. I was already feeling strange about loot boxes in gaming and how they are dangerously close to gambling. The patent had some fairly diabolical aspects to it, and it made me wonder, who are we supporting and why? If a game takes a long time to create and the developers need to make up that money somewhere, so be it. But if a board of people is sitting around trying to figure out ways to get people to pay for things that don’t even physically exist (and only a chance at those things, no less) and to do it by making them feel bad or get trounced in a multiplayer match, I have a problem with that. I’ve bought loot boxes in the past and I’ve always regretted it. I need to stop buying into that system. The only way companies will change is if we show them with our purchasing habits. I need to start with myself.
This week I’m feeling all kinds of motivated to be productive and knock as many games out as possible. I also have an outing planned that I’m looking forward to: Knott’s Scary Farm with some friends I’ve known online for a while, but will be meeting for the first time this weekend! Hooray for online friendships! Now if my health will just cooperate…
With that I ask: what will you be playing this week? Are you planning on getting any of the heavy hitters releasing this week? If so, which one/s?