Play to Satisfaction
For me, saying “Play to Satisfaction” gives me explicit permission to drop a game that’s not working for me, but also to grind away for nerd points if I’m really loving something. I’m trying to make it a policy for myself that I will always play to satisfaction – no more, no less.
I still have a few outstanding game-related stuff I’d like to finish up over the next few weeks, but there’s plenty of stuff I haven’t already talked about I’d like to add onto my plate this month.
Subscription MMO – World of Warcraft Retail
I expect that this will be an even slower month for World of Warcraft – I haven’t been all that into leveling more characters, and there’s less and less in Shadowlands I feel like I have to do. I’d like to keep up with renown on all four characters, and continue raiding Castle Nathria normal. I’ll work on anima collection when the world quests are worthwhile, and I’d like to keep cleaning up unfinished stuff from old expacs. It still sounds like a lot, but since I’m pretty much in a holding pattern outside of raid progression until the 9.1 patch, if I manage my time well, I could probably spend about 1/3 less time on WoW this month as I did last month and not feel like I’m missing out on anything.
I am also excited to check out BlizzConline, which takes place from February 19th and 20th, which will hopefully give us some insight into what comes next for Shadowlands.
I picked up Kitty Powers: Matchmaker during the Steam Winter Sale with the intent of playing it this month for #DatingSiMonth. I’m not a huge fan of dating sims as a genre, but I love the idea of combining them with a management game, so I think I’ll enjoy this one.
I’ve also selected a couple “back up” games for the month from my library – Speed Dating for Ghosts, and Hustle Cat, in case either I don’t find myself enjoying my first choice, or I burn through it quickly and am looking for more!
Subscription Game Service – XBox Game Pass for PC
With the amount of MMO time I’ve been putting in, I haven’t paid much attention to the subscription gaming services in a few months. However, the end of January saw a couple of additions to XBox Game Pass for PC that I’m very much interested in, but probably wouldn’t actually buy. This month, I’m looking at trying out The Medium and Control, but honestly, I’ll be happy if I get around to one or the other. I’d be giddy if I manage to squeeze in both during the same month.
I’m still struggling quite a bit with the controls on Hardspace: Shipbreaker, so I’d like to spend a few more hours with it this month until moving around starts to feel natural. I have no idea when to expect the next major patch, seeing as one just came out, but I’d like to be able to dive right into story mode when it does.
Looking over this now, there’s a lot here, and as per usual, I know I won’t get around to half of it. However, I do game a lot more during the winter months, when other hobbies seem so much less appealing, so maybe I’ll surprise myself.