A reader offers some tongue in cheek advice for the fact that there hasn’t been a major new game release in nearly three months.
The end is nigh! With international turmoil, dubious leadership, and virus outbreaks hitting the news, what we need is some decent game releases to take our mind off the world’s troubles. But to make matters worse, 2020 has suffered from a dearth of new high-profile releases, leaving me in something approaching a state of panic. But – no, stay calm. There must be something I can do to stave off this crisis. Let’s look at the options:
Duck and cover. While this might have once been an appropriate response to a nuclear strike, its less clear how this will help survive the more pressing concern of a games drought. Realistically you can only duck and cover for several days before boredom kicks in, and then you’ll have the added issues of food, water, and your friends’ concerned faces.
Take a look at your backlog. The main issue with this, is that it’s a backlog for a reason. You’ve not played these games in part because there are newer and shinier options, but also because they simply don’t appeal. Perhaps we should stop buying all these games? Distract yourself by staring listlessly at all the games you own, but have no desire to play, and then either sell or delete them all. That should kill at least an hour. Progress!
What’s on TV? This is somewhat controversial, but I hear TV is pretty good these days. What if we, and I’ll lower my voice now, did something completely different? Netflix has some excellent series: Godless, Russian Doll, Breaking Bad, The Crown, Black Mirror, and House of Cards to cover a range of genres. If you can find them I’d also recommend The Wire, The Expanse, Band of Brothers, and Deadwood. If you really want to get your gaming fix through the medium of TV then The Witcher is worth a look. But all these different genres are making me think…
Go for something different. We all tend to stick in our comfort zones, only buying AAA games, games from series or genres that we like, or only brand-new games. More and more games are released that don’t fall into the AAA bracket but are well worth playing. Their cheaper prices let us experiment more in genres we wouldn’t normally, and the same is even truer of older games. If there’s nothing new out then maybe we should look for something that isn’t new? Get some recommendations from friends or look through some of the better reviewed games from as long ago as 2019. Will we be able to cope with the antiquated technology? There’s only one way to find out! (GC’s best games of the year is a great place to start).
Write a Reader’s Feature. This obviously isn’t an approach I would take but might work for others. If you are struggling to find something to play, writing a Reader’s Feature can use up valuable minutes while you wait for the next release. I like to feel that there is an element of giving back to the community here, as you dispense your carefully crafted words of wisdom. Everybody wins – even GC!
So there we have it, enough to get me through the current apocalypse. Or at least until next month!
By reader Matt (he_who_runs_away – PSN ID)
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