On Playing Multiple Games At Once

Todays topic is one I’ve thought about on and off for awhile now, and that is, is it really possible to effectively play more than one game at a time? I know plenty of people who are very good at this, or at least have an effective schedule set up to allow them to play more than one at a time. Personally I’m not very good at this, and often say I have video game ADD.

For example, right now I have 2 reoccurring MMO games, World Of Warcraft and Elder Scrolls Online. These are on top of the other PC/Console games I’m trying to work through, namely Dark Souls 2 and the new Wolfenstein game. That list is going to grow pretty quick once Watchdogs and Murdered: Soul Suspect come out over the next couple of weeks.

For me, this presents a bit of a dilemma, what game do I play? I feel like I should play the PC/Console games first as they all have a definitive ending, unlike the 2 MMO’s. At the same time however, I feel like I am neglecting my online friends by not being around to hang out and talk or participate in guild events. Not to mention I’m stuck paying $30 a month between the two and not really playing either one. As you can see I feel like I am in quite the pickle.

Right now I’m probably going to put Dark Souls 2 on the back burner, mainly because that game frustrates me so much and because I think that Wolfenstein is probably a shorter game, and while not the hardest game ever, it is also pretty straightforward and mindless. To be honest, that is the kind of game I want to play right now. I don’t need complicated dodging mechanics, or have to worry that much about death penalties. I just want to blow things away.

The other problem I have is that I’m go to the gym at least twice a week if not more, and those days I get home fairly late and generally don’t feel like sitting in front of my computer. Even on days that I don’t go I tend to gravitate towards the couch just to relax after work. This would probably be fine if all I had were console games, but I feel like I should be on the MMO’s more than I am because of the subscription costs.

So I guess to poll any potential audience, how do you work out your gaming schedule? Do you give specific games specific days, or do you just wing it?

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On The Most Frustrating Game Ever

If you read my post a few days ago, you’ll know which game I’m referring to here.

Dark Souls 2…

Yeah, this game is probably the most frustrating game I’ve ever played. Which is saying a lot since I did finish the last Dark Souls. Now, if you don’t know anything about the series I’ll sum it up for you really quick. You’re going to die. A lot. This is not an understatement, or the fact that I feel like I suck at the game. You’re going to die and it is going to make you want to throw your controller through your TV (or in my case PC monitor).

I really am not sure why the game designers hate the players so much, but I think they new there is a little bit of a masochist in everyone and that they would play this game until they wept. Or in my case get very creative with the foul language, which would make my mother weep to hear me say such things. So in truth, if they want you to go through that, they did an excellent job.

When I say this game is frustrating, I’m not even sure that is an accurate description. I do think that is the best word for the situation, but I don’t think it accurately describes the amount of anguish and self loathing that you will experience while playing the game.

Now there are a couple of things about this game that I don’t really care for (besides the feelings of insecurity it places on me). Namely always online connectivity and cheaters. Let me point out I am playing the PC version of this game, so I don’t know if the console versions make it easier to stay offline. The only ways I know to accomplish this on the PC is to start Steam in offline mode, or hope their servers are down. Personally I don’t like playing single player games online. I don’t like some random person being able to come in to my game at inopportune moments and screw me over. That is just not appealing to me. I don’t like pvp in MMO’s and I certainly don’t want it in my single player game.

The other thing I don’t like, but have not personally experienced, is cheaters. A friend of mine, who has put out a few gameplay videos of this, has had several run ins with people who have hacked their save file to allow them to have infinite health, or infinite souls. Personally, if you’re playing offline, I don’t care. I just don’t think it’s cool to go invade another players game (pvp) when they have no chance to kill you. I’m also not saying cheating is cool, because in this instance it defeats the purpose of the game. From what I’ve read though I think the game has been patched to either prevent this, or deal with players who have modified source files.

Now I have live streamed this game a couple times so if you feel like watching me suck horribly you can go to my twitch channel and watch. There is no commentary so it might be a bit boring. Note: So I’m not sure what is up with twitch, but my videos don’t seem to be there anymore, so never mind on the “go watch me suck” part.

I’ll leave with saying I am not sure when I will finish this game, because man, I can’t seem to play more than an hour or two without wanting to throw something. Oh and a couple screenshots, cause this game has some amazing scenery on the PC version.

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On being lazy and forgetting my password

So as always it’s been a terribly long time since the last time I’ve posted anything.

What can I say, I’m lazy. ¬†And I forget my password a lot.

I’m going to try to keep this one short, and try to write up some more detailed posts soon. So to start off I’m going to talk about what I’ve been up to since the last time I posted.

Work

This is probably the main thing that has been keeping me busy. I work full time as a software developer focused primarily on internal business applications. Last year we added a new client and as a result had to translate part of our windows application in to a web based application. This is because the licensing for the web software is cheaper than the windows license and this particular client will have a lot more users than the other clients typically have and they don’t have that kind of money.

So most of what I’ve been doing is trying my best to make these pages function as close to the original version as I can. Which, according to my boss should be super easy, which it isn’t. We only recently went to beta testing and have already had to make a lot of changes, which needless to say, keeps me crazy busy.

This kind of affects my desire to play PC games when I get home. The harder the day I have a work, the more I don’t want to see or touch a PC when I get home. Now, my online friends are awesome, and I enjoy talking to them, but there are just days I can’t bring myself to go home and sit in an uncomfortable chair for 3 hours. Most days I barely have the energy to even play console games, so I just Netflix binge.

Gaming

So I just said I didn’t play every day, but that does not mean I have not been playing any games at all. Around mid march I bought a PS4 and and new TV and don’t regret the purchases. Granted there is not much out for the PS4 that I want yet, but playing it on a bigger tv that supports 1080p resolution is great. Right now I only have Thief and Metal Gear Solid 5 $40 demo but I enjoy them both. Right now I have 3 games on pre-order and can’t wait for them to come out (Watchdogs, Murdered: Soul Suspect & Witcher 3).

On the PC side I’ve been playing WoW again because I’m a sucker, and Elder Scrolls Online. I picked up Dark Souls 2 for PC when it came out on Steam and it is already more aggrivating then the last one. But that is for a different post.

I don’t really fall in to the PC or Console camps as I enjoy both for different reasons. I love PC gaming cause I prefer staying inside to going out and I have several friends that I talk to on voice chat. I love console gaming for the same reason, except that there is noone to talk to, and it what I do when I don’t really feel like talking to people.

So in general not much new going on. I’ll try to put up some more detailed topics soon. I plan to talk a little bit about some thoughts on MMO’s as well as talking about specific games I’m playing.

Other Stuff

One of my friends, and most of the time guild leader Belghast (aggronaut.com ) has started up a podcast and I think you should go listen to it. Yes this is a shameless plug, but I find it fun to listen to.