I was all set to finally start playing Dragon Age: Origins last night. There was nothing planned on my schedule, so I figured once my daughter was in bed I’d be able to sneak in a solid two hours of game time, three if I was lucky (and willing to be a little bit tired at work the next day).
Things, of course, didn’t go according to plan. As usual I spent the evening playing with my daughter and our rousing game of hide-and-seek around the house riled her up a bit too much because she was way too wired to fall asleep after going to bed at 8:00. It wasn’t until 10:00 that she finally closed her eyes and drifted off to never-never land. Unfortunately, by the time 10:00 rolls around, I need to start heading off to bed myself, otherwise there’s no way I’d ever hear my alarm go off at 5:00 AM.
Don’t get me wrong, I’d gladly trade any amount of “free time” to play with my daughter, but there are certainly times that I miss the days when I could get home from work, have a quick supper, and then game all night. It’s incredible to think of all the time I spent playing EverQuest II for instance. In fact, it outright blows my mind.
This is the big reason I don’t really play MMO’s any more; I just don’t have time. Games like Braid, my game “du jour”, are perfect. I can pop in, play for a few minutes, and pop back out. Brad is even extra cool because it saves your progress in such a way that I launch the game and I’ll be standing exactly where I was when I previously quit. No load screens, no menu screens, just instant gratification.
I think I may have trouble getting into, and subsequently through, Dragon Age. There have been times where I’ve had a few minutes of free time but I gather that you can’t really play a game like Dragon Age in twenty minute chunks, so I’ve played something else, or just browsed the web.
Is this what it feels like to be a grown up?