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Well folks, with January already half over (!!) 2013 is well on its way. The past couple of weeks I have thought back over my gaming habits from the past year and ended up coming to a few conclusions about where I would like to see myself and L'Épée Magique this year. They are as follows:
I will place ME2 and Meriel's Story on hold.
I have enjoyed Meriel, but at the moment she has gone on too long. I enjoyed Mass Effect tremendously, and I even enjoy Mass Effect 2 when I can convince myself to play it. The operative key words here though are "convince myself to play it". For me, gaming is meant to be an enjoyable adventure of both the mind and imagination. Why then, should I have to feel like it is work just to place the CD in the drive and launch a title? I'm not sure where along the line playing ME2 began to feel like drudgery, but it's likely tied to the obligatory install of Origin alongside ME3 that will prevent me from ever completing the series and experiencing the final chapter of this trilogy first hand. That alone is enough to dispirit anyone. I'm not done with the title, and I would really like to see Meriel finish her current mission, but I think we both need space before that can happen. It's okay. The galaxy will wait.
I will make a dent in my GOG shelf.
I have a weakness for 90s/early '00 style adventure games, and GOG is more than willing to feed this fascination of mine. As the result of weekend and holiday sales across the past couple of years, shelf upon shelf of these titles now fill my GOG gamecase (as opposed to bookcase). I really want to sit down and spend some quality time with Gabriel Knight, Sanitarium, or my beloved Microïd titles. I have, after all, recently acquired the rest of the Still Life trilogy. It's been hard the past year or so to play this kind of game without feeling guilty about Meriel. With her on hold, I finally have a chance to both play and blog musings about these titles.
I will start another lengthy title.
I have so many epic length cRPGs on my shelf of both the virtual and physical varieties. It is time to make a series dent in that list. While I have not decided which of these titles I will plug in next, a decision will be made within the next week. I still want to story-tell whichever title I choose, but am not sure how exactly it will be approached. Look for posts regarding all of this around the beginning of February.