In the last few years I’ve never been able to figure out how people my age can lose hours and days playing video games non-stop.
It’s one thing doing that as a kid, god knows I sure as shit did in things like Halo 2 and 3 in my teens and even early twenties, but these days I just don’t have the time to commit to sitting down and losing hours upon hours to it.
There are too many other options that keep it from even being appealing to me and far too many real world distractions that make it simply not viable.
Lockdown changes a lot of things though and a couple of times this week I’ve found myself shutting off the Xbox expecting only an hour or so to have passed only to realise it’s been closer to four.
The biggest factor isn’t that I’ve got nothing else to do or less distractions, it’s that I’ve been online with my friends. Having that constant chat back and fourth with two or three other people makes it less of a straight video gaming experience and more akin to hanging out, maybe getting a beer or just being social.
Mitchell and Ed have both started streaming recently on Twitch and Mitchell especially has been putting a lot of time and effort into building up his following on there so he can really turn it into something. It’s a great idea for him as he’s naturally funny, charismatic and an extrovert. After joining him online for a few streams though and sitting through all the technical difficulties and then the general streamer culture I can confidently say that it is not something that I would ever be interested in doing myself.
I’m happy to join him and be a part of his stream if we’re playing a game together though, that’s always fun. As I’ve mentioned a few times this week we’ve been playing a lot of Payday 2 recently and it now that we all know what we’re doing in it and are grooving it’s a hell of a lot of fun!
Playing with those guys has shown me just how easy it can be to lose hours into video games when you’re having fun with others.
I still prefer a good single player experience primarily, but having good co-op online options has been an awesome way of mixing it up.
Happy Sunday people... I miss pub roasts and seem to be getting my dads hair as it continues to grow in a world without barbershops.