August 31st, 2011

rpg

PAX: Looking forward, not backward

Blow it up. That's what I learned at my first Penny Arcade Expo last weekend. My gaming queue is a logjam of classic titles I've "got to play" and which I therefore acquired without the free time to spend on them. Blow it up. I don't think anyone will notice or care if I default on my gaming debts. In the time it would take me to finish Final Fantasy XII, I could probably get through both Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age 2. When phrased that way, my choice is clear.

And those two games are already aging, yesterday's news. The next wave of games reaches yet farther, threatening to leave me farther and farther behind. The last game I finished was the original Mass Effect, but seeing the graphics on Mass Effect 3 left me feeling ridiculous. It's time I put aside my guilt at never having finished Bioshock, let alone System Shock 2. Or Baldur's Gate 2 and Planescape: Torment.

In hindsight, I should have arrived at this conclusion earlier. In all aspects of my life, I want to embrace the idea of living in the present instead of working always towards the future. From now on, I'm only buying games I want to play now, not games I want to save for a nebulous later.