The holidays are approaching, and for me, this means games. I do not do it deliberately, nor consciously, but somehow in the weeks surrounding the Christmas holidays, I tend to fixate on games with particular intensity. Sometimes I even finish games. This trend is due partially to the fact that, growing up, Christmas was when I received my must-have games as gifts. Some of these titles are Final Fantasy 7, Xenogears, Lunar: SSC and Metal Gear Solid. I’d anticipated the unwrapping of these games for weeks and months beforehand, so it was natural for me to obsessively play through them. Another contributing factor, though, is my uncanny ability to fall ill in December, to the point where all I want t do is flake out on my bed with a game controller. Now, after so many years of intended and unintended repetition, playing games is as much a part of my holiday experience as my Grandmother’s meat pies, Christmas mass, and visiting friends and family.
Lately, as you may or may not have noticed (you may not, because most of you have not known me long) I have shied away from gaming. It has, literally, been years since I have finished a game. I have been drawn back to books, television, and films more now. I have skipped out on WoW raids in order to read Twilight, set aside the RPG of the moment to spend all weekend with friends watching nerdy Sci Fi DVDs. Yet I just know that come December, when it becomes colder and therefore more annoying to go out, when my friends are busy with family, and I am just feeling more reclusive and insular, I know that I will head back to the console for more than the 30 minutes here and 30 minutes there that I spend now.
So what ever shall I be playing this Christmas?
I will not be able to resist the lure of Assassins Creed, and if I like it, I will likely finish it. I will also be playing my fair share of Dragon Age: Origins on my PC, though that game is so epic, I know I will not finish it this decade. I am also sure that I will continue my playthrough of Final Fantasy 9 with renewed vigor. It is my game of choice when I am under the weather. I vividly remember doing nothing for days last year, except play that game and eat my way through holiday leftovers. Finally, I hope to finish Disgaea: Hour of Darkness. Simply because it is too excellent a game to remain incomplete for long, and I am bound and determined to play it when the urge to seriously game hits me.
How about you guys? Many of you will probably be on holidays from work and school, unlike me who will be working extended hours. How will you nerdily (totally a word now) fill your time?
As an aside, Happy Thanksgiving to those of you celebrating this week. I am not, alas. I am at work, being paid to do next to nothing.Alas!