How many times do you hear people say that? In my case, it’s truth. Games are how I relax. If I’m not playing, I’m not relaxing. Sometimes I feel like the only woman in the world opening up her calendar to see if she can fit 20 minutes of gaming in there.
When I went to college, I used my very first paycheck from the new job to buy a Super NES and a game from the pawn shop. (Pawn shops in college towns are incredible. I snagged the most amazing CDs there.)
The game? Illusion of Gaia. Check out this action. You slide under things. And have a sword. And fall down nearly dead of scurvy. I’m not kidding. That’s my favorite part!
I would come home from school, finish work at 11:00 pm, and play Illusion of Gaia for half an hour. Then I could go to bed.
I realize that I associate specific events with what game I was playing at the time.
Senior year in high school was Tekken with my dad and brother. The fact that my daughter’s name is Nina? Yep. Tekken.
9-11 happened during Chrono Cross.
I moved to Seattle during Devil May Cry.
My son was born during OKAGE: Shadow King. I literally played with his tiny, new body wrapped up on my chest.
And there the timeline stops. Children plus writing plus more responsibilities equals no game time. And this makes me sad. I realize that it is also unhealthy. I need that escape. That respite.
Thanks to my dear friend’s urging, and physically putting the game in my hands, I played BEYOND: Two Souls
last night. And it was incredible. An experience, to be sure. I’ll be making time for it in my life. A simple pleasure that pays dividends.
Plus! Games! YAY!
So what about you? I know I’m not the only one who loves my console. What do you guys play? Any fantastic games you’d suggest?