Not playing any MMORPG leaves a big hole in your time management. For a while I was able to fill it with all those things I've always wanted to do. Then I had lots of visits going on. Finally I watched Game of Thrones, but that was over in about 10 hours. Then I played Crysis 2. It took 12 hours. I don't even want to know how long it takes at easy difficulty.
And now, this morning, I was scanning through those games I have installed.
Fallout New Vegas. Mmh, the character control is terrible. Higher difficulties make the enemies immortal instead of the game more difficult. Very easy to optimize the fun out of it. I started it nonetheless.
I am in the doctor's house. He tells me all kinds of stuff. I try to take some of his things. He looks at me and .. nothing. I rob the entire fucking house. He doesn't care. Ragequit.
Mass Effect 2. This endless intro cannot be skipped. sigh. The gameplay is fun, but the story is so damn boring, because I already played through it !! Then I need to scan planets for metals. After 5 minutes I quit. If I could just play the game instead of following the 08-15 story and farming minerals I probably don't even need, it might be fun.
Minecraft. Lovely Minecraft. If only my creations had any meaning. If only the combat would be more than completely rudimentary. I think I'll wait for the next adventure patch.
Neverwinter Nights 2. Always trouble to get used to the interface again. But the character creation is so much fun. To read through all the gods and religions. I could do that forever. I do do that for forever! Then I start the game. Next I have to take that stupid dwarf with me. HEY! hello? I don't want him! I am perfectly able to beat every enemy on my own. At hardest difficulty. Sigh. I suck it up. Eventually I get more and more companions. Suddenly I have to leave some of them behind. Why? For gameplay reasons? Stupid game design! Oh, did I mention that I know the story?
Rift. puhhh.. see Wow.
Risen. That could be nice. I haven't played through the warrior part of the game yet. I bet it works the same way the mage story worked, but who knows? I remember those stupid portals in the end and how the last 20% of the game were so very terrible. But, hey, I might try Risen tomorrow.
Civilization V! Now that is a game. Just a game. I have played so many Civ V games by now that it's all a bit too boring, however. I already know that I will hate that slowing the game down will also slow my unit creation down. So, instead of being able to do more each era, I will have to press 'next turn' 30 times instead of 10 times in a row. Oh, and what is the automated micromanagement for? In the end, those enemies will either cheat me to death or I will destroy them. Civ V is good. But the AI is so damn terrible.
Starcraft II. I remember that stupid stupid story that was told even more stupidly. If I went multiplayer it would all be about execution and speed. But I would like to have fun watching my units and stuff. Speed and RTS doesn't work for me. And it's meaningless, anyway: a game ends and is forgotten after a few hours max.
Witcher 2. If I could only crawl through the few dungeons for more than a few minutes. But I would have to play through the story. Which I know from every perspective, because stupid me read through that little book that came with the box. How could I know that the entire story would be in there? Damn. Too story-focused to be re-playable anyway.
Two Worlds II. Now, last time I looked at it, I quit after I watched the character models. My main character looks to bad that I couldn't make myself play. Also, the story seemed too be so boring. Maybe I'll play it tomorrow.
World of Tanks. Oh no, I still have this on my computer? Tanks are boring. And driving around, firing at everything you see, only to be destroyed by gold ammunition or some tanks that don't even take damage and are 3x as fast? And for what?
World of Warcraft. Yeah, it's still installed. Let's imagine I resubscribed. I could run with my druid tank through daily dungeons until he is equipped. That would be a major time investment to get some +15% stats. Then what? Raiding, killing some sorry creatures, that are 100x as large as I am, in a scripted way? No thanks.
I could make a new char. I could try to read every quest and die of boredom while the mobs die from me looking at them. Or I could try to do only orange quests. What a grind to do meaningless orange quests that I couldn't care less about, because I am skipping the story! Even if I did this, I could then either die 1000x times in BGs while I farm my equip. Or I could wait 30 minutes for 20 minutes of LFD 'fun', and gain meaningless equip to .. raid. No thanks.
Dungeons of Dredmor. I bought it just recently on Steam. Let's try to ignore the graphics and immerse into the fantasy world ... ... what fantasy world? DoDr is just a joke. A big joke. Everything about it is sooo funny.
How can I immerse myself into a fantasy world that doesn't take itself seriously? How can I pray to survive the next mob if the mob is meant to be silly? 4.50 € wasted.
I did play two rounds of good old Windows Chess Titans. First I won, then I increased the difficulty and lost. Not that it meant anything to me.
I did a search for another good fantasy miniseries. Nothing.
Now I just ordered all ten "Malazan Book of the Fallen". I guess reading fantasy is what it has to be right now.