Oh hi there. It’s been a while, eh? I was doing well with keeping some semblance of regular posting, but then…Stardew Valley happened. I wasn’t planning on getting it so soon, it was supposed to just go on my wishlist and fight for a place near the top. But then I recommended it to my friend’s partner, and she decided to gift me a copy instead and make me test the waters. I felt obliged to fire it up pretty much immediately, and 130+ hours later, I can report that yes, I’m a fan of it.
The biggest revelation for me wasn’t that I would enjoy Stardew Valley, but that I could still become obsessed with a single player game after all. I played it every day for weeks, and for hours at a time. It never felt like a chore, like I had to finish it so I could move on. This is something I haven’t done since my peak WoW days, and before that my Golden Era of gaming in the late 90’s/early ’00s with Half Life, Civ 2, Age of Empires, Baldur’s Gate and the like. I thought I’d lost the ability to “binge” on a game like that, due to the lethargy and depression I’ve been dealing with over the years. So it was kind of a relief to find that I just needed the right game, after all. The flip side to that thought, though, is why aren’t all these other games – games that I sincerely enjoy – doing the same thing for me?
So the last month or so has been mostly Stardew Valley, and Hearthstone. Can’t give up the Hearthstone addiction, especially with the new shinies of this week’s expansion! I’ve barely touched FFXIV, and not done anything TSW-related…and, of course, the blogging has suffered too. I have a bit to catch up on, as I was churning through some of the bigger games on my list, so I have a few impressions posts to do for those. I think I have managed to resist the lure of Black Desert Online, though Blizz has made a bid for my return to WoW by gifting me a copy of Warlords, with a 7-days-free offer, as well as a boost to 90. I am glad to have Warlords, but still no desire to play. It’ll only happen if I get reeled in by social connections, I’m afraid.
Oh, and I heard that Game of Thrones is back on. Sweet.
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 07:41:10 +1100 at 7:41 AM
Good to hear from you! I still haven’t picked up Stardew Valley myself, but I’ve got it on the top of my list. 🙂
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:40:46 +1100 at 11:40 AM
Beware! It’ll grab you by the tail and never let go!
I hope to make more of an appearance in FF from now on, I might be getting Heavensward in the next couple of weeks so I really should actually level. 🙂
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 13:18:17 +1100 at 1:18 PM
You should consider Heavensward right now if you plan to buy it. It’s 50% off in the Square Enix store until May 8.
I’ve taken a little break from FFXIV myself to mess around with other games, but plan to be back to it soon. I have goals to meet! 🙂
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 22:27:29 +1100 at 10:27 PM
Oh thanks for the heads up!