I did something this weekend that I haven’t done in quite some time. I took a break from World of Warcraft. For probably the first time since I started playing WoW earlier this year, I consciously chose not to play on a weekend, and it was great.
My self-imposed exile from Azeroth came about from the simple fact that I’m a total sucker for a good game trailer. In this case, it was the “Last Day” video for Gears of War 2. I previously never had any interest in Gears of War, having bought my Xbox 360 for Halo 3, but this trailer sparked my interest. I watched a few more videos and left convinced that I wanted to get Gears 2 when it came out, which of course meant that I had to check out the first game so I knew what the series was all about.
So, on Friday night I sunk into my couch and played some Gears of War, fresh out of the shrink wrap. It was very refreshing to substitute the confines of my computer chair for the comfort of my big cushy couch, and even more refreshing to not be playing an MMO. Consequently, any free time I had this weekend to play games was spent with my 360 instead of the PC. Gears of War also provided a nice change of pace to the slow progression of the RPGs that I predominantly play; I guess sometimes it’s nice just to mindlessly blow stuff up.
This also got me thinking about Fallout 3. I fully intend on buying Fallout 3 (just as soon as I finally put Oblivion to bed), and up until this weekend there was no question that I’d buy it for PC. My couch session got me thinking though, about how much more comfortable it would be to play an RPG from a couch in front of a big TV. Plus my computer, although able to run Oblivion just fine on mostly high settings, is now five years old (minus a newer video card) and not getting any younger. It annoys me to no end that there’s no flippin’ demo for Fallout 3 to test whatever performance I’d get from the PC, so that also has me leaning towards the relative safety of the 360 version.
Hopefully by the time I’m finished with Oblivion (currently projected for August, 2045) it’ll be more obvious as to which platform I should get Fallout for. In the meantime, I imagine I’ll continue to spend some quality time with my 360, probably until about November 13th, or so.