I find that I spend more and more time reading about upcoming games, and less time actually playing the games I already got. I really enjoy finding out more about the games I'm anticipating, reading up on the news and previews.
I have great games lying around that I haven’t played yet, like Mercenaries, Splinter Cell: Chaos theory, Resident Evil 4 and Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence. This is only my ps2 games and even though I have finished Snake Eater twice, and the fact that Resident Evil 4 is really too scary for me, I just don’t seem to get in the mood to wrap my hands around those games.
It’s not like I don’t have the time to play them because I’m spending a lot of time online reading about other games that I’m looking forward too. So why is that? Am I getting tired of games? If so, why do I spend so much time reading about games? I subscribe to EDGE magazine, and I’m still exited every time a new issue drops into my mailbox.
My PSP haven’t seen much attention lately, either. And that’s with games like Exit and LocoRoco sitting nicely on my shelf. Both games was exactly two of those games that I previously was anticipating and reading a lot about, before they where released, just like I am now anticipating and reading about other games. Maybe I’m waiting for my traveling to pick up, so I can play my PSP on airports and other potentially boring places? Will Okami and God of War II also end up just sitting on my shelf?
Maybe I have become a game enthusiast; you know, like a car enthusiast that reads car magazines to get the latest news from Ferrari or Porsche, even though he (or she) never will be able to afford the cars he’s reading about, it still gives him pleasure to read about them. Maybe that what I’ve become; more of a game enthusiast that always stays in the news, but don’t really play games that often any longer? Or it could be a case of the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence?
I have preordered my ps3 months ago, even before I knew that I would not get it this November, but would have to wait until March 2007. But it doesn’t really bother me that much. I’m still looking forward to MotorStorm and Resistance, but sometimes the anticipating of something can actually be better then the thing you are anticipating.
I think my interest of playing videogames has turned into an interest in videogames as a whole. Like a wine collector buying bottles of wine he has no intention to even open. I know I will still open my bottles of wine, and still be playing games, but the subject of videogames has all of sudden become just as interesting as actually playing the games.
So I continue to enjoy the world of games, just in a slightly different manner than I would have imagined when I first got my Game & Watch 25 years ago.
As of right now? I’m enjoying a glass of wine, reading the latest issue of EDGE, while MGS3 Subsistence sits quietly in my ps2 with its red power off light greeting me gently in the night.