Hello there, dear fellow gamers! As that most rocky year 2020 is drawing to a close, I hope you're doing fine, in gaming as well as in life. 2021 will hopefully bring better things on all fronts; but since we're talking about games here, I'm gonna focus on my gaming plans for that upcoming year. And let me tell you: there are mighty changes ahead, oh yes precious.
Here's the situation in a nutshell: after a few years of general quietness and uneventfulness, my life has picked up the pace and is now busy as heck. Concurrently, my beloved game collection is larger than ever, and still growing by the month. I'm no math buff; but even I can plainly see that things are not going to add up. Something's got to give: and that something is the average time I spend on any given game.
This neatly squares with another recurrent issue of mine, which is none other than RPG fatigue. While I tend to favour short and sweet RPGs, the current gaming scene is in no mood to humour me: the general consensus seems to be that 50 hours of play is a bare minimum, and that any RPG that offers less should cower away in shame. You know I can pour 50 hours into a game if I love it, dear fellow gamers; but you also know that I much prefer to keep it at 15 hours and move on to my gaming instinct's next pick.
And so, here's my plan laid out for you, dear fellow gamers: starting 2021, I'm going to operate on a 'One Week, One Game' basis. What I formally dubbed the OWOG system will be pretty simple: each week, I'll choose a game, play it as much as I can or want during that week, blog about it, and then put it back into its case when the week is over — rinse and repeat. If I cleared the game by that time, good for me; if the last boss is still prancing around, it'll just have to wait until next round.
This system will keep my gaming nicely fresh and varied, while giving me lots of momentum and motivation. Not only that, but it may actually be the ideal way to play games as far as I'm concerned, since I'm a serial game replayer that usually enjoys latter runs much more than first runs. And don't get me started on all those times I picked up a game, only to start a second run after a couple of hours and enjoy it ten times more than the initial run. Heck, I really should have implemented the OWOG system years ago, now shouldn't I?
Well, better late than never, as they say. December will be all about VNs, as I have a serious VN itch to scratch and a ton of titles reading for the reading; and after that, we'll roll with the OWOG system. I'll see you soon with my next run report, dear fellow gamers; in the meantime, keep playing a take care!