I rediscovered the gamer in me this weekend. It had been ages since I let myself get sucked into an artificial environment, otherwise known as a “game.”
Who had time?
But I’ve lately been bemoaning how much of my days are being sucked up by work and writing, feeling bad when I didn’t devote every waking moment to one endeavor or the other, and getting pissed off at myself for it.
If I was working or editing, I was being good. If I wasn’t, I was being bad.
WTF! Who made up these rules? I was asking the question even though I knew the answer. I was making up the rules, and when I deviated, I wallowed in guilt… or worse.
I work hard. Why shouldn’t I play hard, too?
Saturday, I tried to load my favorite world-building game, Zoo Tycoon 2, on the new desktop. It has tons of memory and a 24″ monitor. Unfortunately, though it installed, it wouldn’t play other than the first time. I spent at least two hours researching the reasons for this, and after trying various things, realized I was never gonna play that game on that machine.
Disgusted, I turned to my Acer laptop with the 17″ monitor. It works on that computer. I played for almost three hours. It was glorious.
Concerned I would soon lose the ability to do that as operating systems progressed, I started researching similar games and discovered Wildlife Park. I’d heard of it, but that was it. Never paid it much attention, which surprised me because I remembered it showed animal mating much more realistically than ZT2.
Google led me to Steam, a gamer site. I knew R and a few other people of my acquaintance used it, ; I asked R about it, and he said go for it! So I did, and Sunday, I spent five hours playing Wildlife Park 2. 🙂
It was so cool. I learned new things, got a minor headache from concentrating so hard, felt bad about ignoring Suki, who hates it when I’m sucked into the computer, and in the end, loved every minute.
I bought seven modules of Wildlife Park 2 and can’t wait to explore them all. And when I’m finished with that, I’m moving on to #3.
R doesn’t get my fascination with these games; he’s into the “run around and kill everything in the way” games. *eyeroll* Can’t stand ’em. So boring. I require games that demand input from my creativity. I want to see a direct correlation between my vision and the game, and these world-building games give me that.
Isn’t it odd that no one is making games like this right now? The ones I like are all old, at least five years old, but those are the games I like. SimCity is another favorite, though the last iteration pissed off me and a lot of others because they insisted you play on their server. Fuck that! I don’t want real people getting in the way of my fantasy. 😉
Today is Monday, and that means it’s back to the regular schedule. Work, writing. It’ll be another wonderful day in south Florida. And maybe, if I’m lucky, I’ll be able to set aside a couple hours to play. 🙂
Christmas happens this week, so I won’t be posting Friday. I have a lot of things to do. 🙂 Have a terrific holiday! Hope it’s everything you expect and need. See you again next Monday.