The only other hobby that I have actually stuck with, ever since my dad brought home the original Nintendo back in the 80s, is video games. Since then, I’ve enjoyed games on all sorts of platforms from PC to consoles.
As a kid, I loved platform style games. Super Mario Brothers, Mega Man, Sonic, all were some of my favorites as a kid. I quit playing for most of high school, because, well, I was a teenage girl. I picked it up again in my early 20s, but kept it on the down low as not very many girls I knew played video games. My gaming experience by then had evolved into racing games & NHL games, mixed with a little Halo & some Grand Theft Auto along the way. I even dabbled in World of Warcraft for a while. I’ve got a level 58 Night Elf out there somewhere named Staranna.
My gaming tastes have had to evolve over the years as I don’t have the time I once did, because well, I’m a grownup and I have grownup things to do. I also have come to the realization that I have the same level of commitment with video games as I do other hobbies. I hardly finish games anymore. A few years ago, my New Year’s Resolution was to finish all the games I had started, but never finished. Dead Space, L.A Noire, Dead Island, Bioshock 2, The Last of Us are all started, but sadly never beaten.
I’ve since discovered the solution to my “I never finish games” & “I’m a grown up with limited time to play.” I can play RPGs like Skyrim, Fallout, Dragon Quest, etc. I’m not entirely stuck to a single linear quest line. I can make whatever kind of character I want & I am able to spend my time how I want. I can do main quests, side quests, craft, build or simply explore. And I don’t have to go online or raid at specific times to get the good gear.
Out of all the games I’ve ever played and fully meets my criteria, Skyrim, is my favorite game of all time. I can play for 30 minutes or a few hours after the munchkin goes to bed. It is a game that I have played 100s of hours over several characters. I started playing when the game come out in 2011 & I have never “beaten” the game. There is so much to do that there isn’t really an ending to it. There’s times where I’ve spent more time taking screen shots in the game then actually playing. Below are some screen shots I’ve taken in the game (the main photo is my current character, Caelia.)
Another genre I love is simulation games, which are similar to RPGs. These are also games where you can play whenever you have time. Games like The Sims 4 or Sim City are fun to play on a whim because you have full control, no quests to do and well, you’re kinda playing God. Plus, things like this happen:
For me, playing video games is an awesome stress reliever. Sometimes, it takes finding that perfect kind of video game to suck you in. But once you’re there, you’re hooked.
“I’m not like a regular mom. I’m a cool mom.” ~Regina George’s mom, Mean Girls.