Two weeks ago I decided to challenge myself to play at least six new-to-me games before the end of July.
I’ve played exactly zero new-to-me games.
Look at me go.
I kept telling myself last week that I’d somehow get to a new game, but I’ve long since discovered I will almost always boot up a familiar game instead of a new one. I’m an awful creature of habit.
I went gung ho on Destiny 2 and finally finished my full set of Escalation Protocol gear (I’ve still never obtained one of the EP weapons, though) and it looks SWEET. Lots of time was spent obtaining it, but it was time well spent; it’s easily my favorite set of gear in the game to date. I also finally (FINALLY) finished getting all the Osiris weapons and hoo boy that took a lot longer to do than I’d ever have expected.
I also finally (again, FINALLY) found all 40 Sleeper Nodes and good god. It took forever. Okay, not forever, but for-areallylongtime. From the time I found the 39th node, it took me over two dozen Override Frequencies to get the final one. I was so gloriously happy when I finally found it.
I also put in a stupid amount of time on various weapon catalysts. Some are straightforward and others are seemingly quite touchy. I’m doing the one for the Sunshot hand cannon now, and it’s a finicky thing. Every time I think I understand what it wants me to do, it foils me yet again.
Aside from my Destiny 2 exploits, I played an awful lot of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp for the sunflower event. After I completed all the challenges, I decided to put in the first of many “art installations” at my campsite. You can see but a smidge of my first one above, titled: Flamingohenge. I love flamingos, and every time they are available in the Marketplace, I buy them. I now have a couple dozen and I thought they should pay their respects to a mysterious stone structure. I do feel bad that my townsanimals seem to be bored, though. Maybe they just don’t appreciate art.
At the risk of inducing deja vu, this week I really want to focus on new-to-me games. Even if I can’t complete my challenge with the remaining 15 days in the month, I’d love to at least put forth a respectable amount of effort. I mean, I love games; shouldn’t this be a treat and not a chore?
Even though I’ve been playing, I just haven’t been playing what I “should” be.
Today I’m going to start a game. I don’t care which one. But so help me, I’m going to start something new.
With that I ask: what are you hoping to play this week? Have you ever gotten in ruts and only played the same couple of games even though you wanted to start something new? How did you snap out of it? Or are you still in it, like me?
My vacation was great for me to play some things than my usual. Albeit, they were all old games but ones I hadn’t ever finished (or in some cases even played). I got through Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, Castlevania: The Adventure, Super Mario Land 2, 6 Golden Coins, LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins, and Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge. And then when I got home from vacation, Octopath Traveler was waiting for me so instead of jumping back in to Fortnite or Halo, I just jumped right in to that.
So… maybe you just need a vacation?
Anyway, this week I am hoping to play more Octopath Traveler, Super Castlevania IV, and maybe some Fortnite with friends.
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I’m so glad your vacation was great! And sometimes going back to old games for a stretch is a rad palette refresher. I keep thinking I will hook up my NES classic and party like it’s 1989.
WHOA! You made it through a ton of games while you were away! Nice! And I’m curious to hear what you think of Octopath Traveler.
I would love to go on a vacation. Alas. Believe it or not, my partner and I have never been on a proper vacation. We do go back to our hometown once a year for a week, but we’ve not gone anywhere on a “real” vacation. Perhaps one day. He has definitely earned it! He works so hard.
You sound like you have a heck of a good week of gaming in front of you! :)
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Even though you didn’t play any new games, it sounds like you made a lot of progress in Destiny 2 and Animal Crossing Pocket Camp in terms of long term goals accomplished. That’s still an impressive feat even if it’s not a new game. I’m still playing Attack on Titan even though I’ve long since passed the point of new content. I get hung up on grinding out achievements/trophies a lot if they seem like a doable task even though it comes at the detriment of starting up a new game. As long as I’m enjoying my time with the game I don’t consider it unproductive. I also try not to get too caught up in playing the newest games, I just play what I want and when I get to it doesn’t really matter to me.
I’m not sure what’s going to be my next game yet. I picked up Shantae: Half Genie Hero and The Mummy Demastered from the PSN Mid Year sale and I’m wondering if I should start one of those or Yakuza 6. Enjoy whatever you decide to play!
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Well, that’s technically true, yes. I have been making progress trying to hit level cap in D2 (of course they just raised it yesterday…go figure!). I will definitely take that progress over no progress!
Hey, so long as you are enjoying the grind! I think that mindset makes a lot of good sense. I definitely have that mindset you’re talking about where I want to play the newest games and then don’t play any of them. I am super unproductive in that way. I want to get to a point where I play what sounds good at that moment, whether it be a long, short, new, or old game. I get too hung up on ideas and then play nothing at all. I would love to change that. I really like your take on it.
Oh man, I also got The Mummy and I’ve heard good things about it! Please let me know what you think if you play it! Oh man! Yakuza 6, too! Basically I’m interested in whatever you decide to play. :)
I often find it hard to get started on new games, my backlog is so intimidating that I usually wrestle with my own indecisiveness before I can commit to something. Last week, I managed to beat both Persona Q and Kingdom Hearts. Currently, I’m playing Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon.
I wish you good luck with your challenge!
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Oh man, we sound awfully similar there. I’m just glad you are able to finish games! I hope to take a page from your book there. And those aren’t small games, either!
Thank you! I really need it!