I made a realisation the other day, I own a lot of games. Not just on PC, but on my Nintendo Switch as well. Of all of the games I own, I’ve played maybe a few hours of a couple in 2020, but for the most part, haven’t really spent much time gaming whatsoever.
And it isn’t for lack of trying.
I recently bought the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2 remastered version and I was instantly taken back to my youth, the days where I could game all day and then all night, get up and go to school the next day and somehow function.
Playing the game made me realise that I don’t game as much anymore, with work, family and being knee-deep in renovations taking up the majority of my time.
It’s quite strange to think that in 2020, as we are all at home more than we ever have been, not having to commute into the office, we’ve been given back quite a few hours we would normally lose during an average normal year day. And yet, I still can’t get any solid gaming time.
I actually sold my Playstation 4 to buy my Nintendo Switch. I was annoyed that every time I went to play a game, I would spend most of my time waiting for a 30gb patch to download. Even with auto updates, I would seemingly always have to wait for a Playstation update to finish. The Switch appealed to me because it was pick up and play.
And in a huge bout of irony, I recently built a new PC which is quite a beasty gaming machine. I bought Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 and I have maybe played 4 hours of it so far, which is more time spent gaming than I’ve probably spent on average the last two years.
The Switch definitely gets a workout, though. My five-year-old son loves the Switch and plays it more than I ever have. He’s managed to unlock all of the characters in Super Smash Bros (which I love him for) and I occasionally battle him in it. When he started I had unlocked about 8 characters.
On my bucket list, I still have The Legend of Zelda to complete and there is a new Zelda game coming soon: Breath of The Wild 2. No release date as of yet, but it was revealed back in 2019, so suffice to say, it’ll probably be here early 2021.
By the time Breath of The Wild 2 is released, I might have got a further 5% into the game. I can’t even remember where I am up to.
And then there are all of the PC games I own. I used to hit Rocket League on PC quite hard until I got it on Switch and then I played a bit on that. I’ve got Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, I still have love for Dota 2 and one I’ve been meaning to sink my teeth into is Red Dead Redemption 2.
I have no time for gaming, but I want it. As soon as our renovations are done, I’ll be able to spend a little more time having fun and less time precariously drilling into walls to find the drill bit breaking hardwood studs beneath.