Gaming Through the Holidays

It’s that time again, where everything seems to go by the wayside except for family, food and gift giving. Some would say that’s enough, but the gamer inside is always looking for what to do when everyone else is asleep. The holidays are a crazy busy time for our small business, and for my family, but what am I doing to keep my sanity you may ask? It is NOT grading papers that’s for sure!

Dragon Age: Inquisition

This game is one of those rare gems that if I had waited, and asked for it for Christmas, I would have felt like I’d missed the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer in theaters because I don’t live close enough to the 30 theaters it was released in. Okay, that was a little venty. The truth is, DAI is an amazing game I bought for two reasons.

One, it’s BioWare! Those that know me, know I’m a BioWare fanboy.  I think my dedication to the Star Wars: The Old Republic community for over three years says that loudly enough. I’m a sucker for BioWare storytelling, and outside of SWTOR and Mass Effect, Dragon Age truly tickles my fantasy fancy. I think I spent the first hour messing with the character creation system. So far, I’m only about twelve hours into the game and I feel I’ve barely scratched the surface. I’ve leveled a few times, and ran screaming (literally) from my first dragon, and my quest log is overflowing. There’s so much to do in this game I really needed to get a head start before I get distracted. That leads me to reason two…

Star Wars: The Old Republic’s Expansion

The second reason I couldn’t wait to put some time into DAI is BioWare related, but has little to do with DAI itself. Star Wars: The Old Republic’s Shadow of Revan expansion releases next week. Every time SWTOR releases an expansion I dedicate all of my “free” time to it. Just when I thought I was all ready to go, and prepared for it’s release I got the silly idea to get all eight base classes to max level BEFORE the expansion. Thankfully, 12 times XP helped with that, and at the moment, I have a few missions left before finishing the Trooper class story, and my Jedi Consular is almost level 45. With Thanksgiving, and real life stuff, I’m not sure I’ll pull it off, but I hope to have all eight base classes sitting at 55 before next Tuesday. While I’m being ambitious, I’ll even wager I’ll down my first dragon in DAI this week.

Assassin’s Creed: Unity

I was really hyped for this game, and because I’ve done less and less console gaming the last few years, I pre-ordered ACU at San Diego Comic-Con on PC. I even got this nifty T-shirt! When the game arrived I didn’t really have time to play it, so I looked up the reviews of the PC version. I’m so glad I did. Turns out on release, there was a whole host of issues with the PC version. Rather than hope I wouldn’t be affected, and deciding then and there to buy DAI releasing the next week instead, I returned the game. It’s still on my wish list for Christmas. Hopefully the great patch gods are able to fix what I had hoped would be a great game, and the first one of the franchise I buy on PC.

Sleep?

My gaming time is limited to late in the evenings and I rarely manage to do much outside of that. Add the holidays, and parenting while my wife is out town next week, it’s hard to say how much gaming I’ll actually get in. Oh yeah, add all of that to revising my finally completed novel, blogging, and my full time job, something has to give. Usually, the first thing to go will be sleep. Who needs sleep anyway…right? Happy holidays!

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