The State of the Geek – Gaming

As you might imagine, I haven’t had much time to properly game for a while. :-)

The issue is mainly one of time. I’m usually up early to help get Lucas ready for school/daycare, and in the evening, by the time I’ve gotten Lucas to bed I’m ready to go to bed myself. So, needless to say, getting really involved in games usually doesn’t happen.

At this point, there are three games I’m playing relatively heavily: Overwatch on my PS4, Vainglory on my iPad, and Team Fortress 2 on my PC.

Overwatch is getting the most playtime by far, as it’s so easy to start a game on Quick Play and go for a few rounds. As most rounds last at most 10-15 minutes, I don’t need to invest a great deal of time. My current mains are Reaper, Widowmaker, D.Va, Ana, and Mercy, depending on the role the team needs. Admittedly I’m not that great as a sniper (which is the type of character Ana and Widowmaker are), but I find it fun nonetheless. I’ve admittedly considered trying competitive play, but I simply can’t guarantee the time for it. It’s just a nice bit of diversion.

Team Fortress 2 is the same way, but I have to admit I only play if my friend Sinc and his usual fire team are playing. Otherwise, I stick to Overwatch if I want to play a team shooter.

As far as Vainglory goes, I like the concept of MOBAs, and this one is simple enough for me where I don’t feel lost trying to play it. Not only that, it’s nice to be able to play it when I’m in bed or the living room. I haven’t even tried playing true multiplayer yet, though, as I’m not that confident in my gameplay abilities just yet. Still, it makes for a nice little diversion.

Other than those, the only games I’ve been playing have been Pinball Arcade (especially now that both the original and remastered Doctor Who tables are available), and DOOM. DOOM has been vexing me, simply because I’m stuck in this one particular section. It’s not that I don’t know what to do; I just keep getting killed before I can finish killing all of the enemies in the area. I’ve also tried Heroes of the Storm, but I think I need more practice in tutorials because I get lost so easily. :-/

In addition, Injustice 2 will be out in a few months so I’ll be hitting that one then, if only for the Story Mode. Unlike Mortal Kombat, I can only do well enough in Injustice that I can finish single player mode. If I even try that one multiplayer, I’d be smeared all over the pavement. I also considered Mass Effect: Andromeda, but I simply don’t have the time to devote to a game of that length of complexity.

Ah, well. When Lucas gets older, I’ll have more time to play, plus will have the joy of introducing him to gaming. For now, though, I’ll just keep getting my games in when I can, like I have been doing. :-)