A year ago on this very blog I was worried that Diablo 3 was overheating my computer. I hadn’t done any current-era gaming on this machine before and had no idea if this was okay or not (it was okay). Having successfully played Diablo 3 I moved on to other games on the PC: Fallout 3, Bioshock, Portal 1 & 2. In my review of D3 I faintly praised it, but I can safely say I haven’t even thought about playing it in months. Frankly, there’s nothing about it that calls to me to revisit it, even though I still jones a little for Diablo 2 every now and then (Borderlands 2 pretty much scratches that itch now.)
I don’t see anyone talking about Diablo 3 anymore, other than when it popped up because of some scandal involving gold hacking and the real money marketplace or something. Actually playing the game for the game itself isn’t something I hear anyone claiming to do anymore. I also haven’t heard anything about any downloadable content or expansions, suggesting that even Blizzard has pretty much lost interest in it.
In addition to those gateway games, I also grabbed the complete Ultima 7, Crusader: No Remorse (which I’d been aching to play again), the Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition, Torchlight, and Legend of Grimrock. Out of all of those, the amount I’ve touched since I got the Xbox in September is nearly zero. I did a fair amount in Torchlight, but haven’t even looked at the opening screen of Legend of Grimrock. BG:EE, which I couldn’t wait for, languishes on my hard drive.
Part of it is, of course, the Xbox. The experience of gaming there is so much more robust that it’s just something I enjoy more. I even re-bought Fallout 3 for the Xbox, so when I re-play it, it won’t be on my computer. But that’s not the whole story.
Let’s say it’s an evening when Becky wants to watch a movie or tv show, so I don’t have the TV. That would be a perfect time to do some gaming on the ol’ laptop, no? No. I don’t know why, but I don’t. I’ll sit in front of the computer still, reading things online, goofing on Twitter, or whatever, but firing up one of those games and playing it, for some reason, just doesn’t happen, and I don’t know why. After rediscovering videogames on my laptop I’ve inexplicably rejected it as a platform. People tell me about good games to try out, such as FTL, but when I find out they’re PC-only, that kills my enthusiasm. I already have a bunch of PC games, and they don’t get played, so why add to the pile? (There’s a similar issue with the iPad.)
I don’t know what it is. Part of it might be that the games I like to play are all long-ass questy things, so an occasional night away from the Xbox would mean figuring out where the hell I was since the last time I was at the computer. But that seems like more of an excuse than an explanation. I really don’t know what the deal is, and I should work to fix it.