Now Playing: Mass Effect 2

It is really odd to me that over the last six months I’ve found my penchant for computer gaming really just go kaput. I’ve always been a pretty avid gamer, and it used to be a subject of much discussion among my friends and even periodically on my blog. Thing is, around the time I quit drinking, I started picking up books instead of beer cans and, well, it is hard to read and play a game simultaneously.

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So my gaming fizzled out for a while, with the exception of weekends when my son and I still usually find time to play Civilization V.  This weekend we even played a little bit of Fallout 3 (the Mothership Zeta DLC, to be specific) and I’m really surprised at how much more fun this stuff seemed to be when I was drinking. Or maybe it is just that I’ve done it all before (more than once) and know how to beat it, so it isn’t at all challenging anymore?  I don’t know for sure, but Fallout 3’s pace just seems so much slower than I remember.

The Normandy, destroyed in the opening minutes of Mass Effect 2.

So, I’ve decided to try out Mass Effect 2, which was gifted to me by my sister, Shelly, for Christmas. I was going to try its prequel, but for some reason it will not play on my PC. It seems like a neat game; given enough time, I’m sure I could become quite engrossed in it. I love how the player starts the game in a fight for his (or her) life and, within the first few minutes, has his ship completely destroyed by an unidentified enemy. This sort of opening does an amazing job of immersing the player in the story, which is kinda important when you consider I’m missing out of the prequel’s story entirely.

Further compelling the player, your character dies, is then somehow technologically revived and brought into the service of some shady men who, after you do some work (proving yourself, perhaps?) give you a brand new ship to command, which is, perhaps not coincidentally, almost identical to the one that was destroyed at the beginning of the game.

Commander Shepard oversees the operations of the new Normandy.

Those who have followed my blogging for a while may know that I used to devote hours upon hours to my gaming. It was not uncommon for me to spend three hours every night playing Fallout 3 (or New Vegas). This simply cannot be done anymore, by choice, as I’ve come to feel like such obsessive self-amusement (whether it be games, TV, etc) can be damaging to spiritual progress. Of course, that isn’t to say I’m ready to give up gaming entirely, and, I think I’ll find time to eventually finish Mass Effect 2. I’ll be sure to share my thoughts a little about it as I go along.

I hope you are well today and I will post again soon.

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