I like video games. I’m not particularly good at them and I rarely beat them, but I like them.
Of course, I don’t like all of them. I don’t really care for first-person stuff at all (I make an exception for Portal because it’s Excellent). As a rule, I tend towards the less reflex-intensive genres: RPGs, turn-based strategy, empire-building, etc.
The problem with these types of games is that they can be unbelievably tedious.
At the moment, it’s a sleepy Saturday morning. I didn’t get a great deal of sleep and I’ve been up for a while and I want something to distract my attention for a bit. I know! I’ll play a video game! But what should I play?
A JRPG grind-fest where I do the same thing over and over and over to gain a few levels? I don’t think I could fight more than two battles right now before throwing the controller in frustration.
I could put in Civ, but there are too many constraints and too many things to juggle and my brain is just not up for that right now.
I’ve been toying with the idea of playing through Mass Effect again as a bad-ass soldier, but then I think of standing in one of those freaking elevators again. I’m trying to relive boredom, but that would only transplant it.
Frankly, I need a Tetris for the new millennium. But all we have is Tetris. And I’ve played that (and Bejewled, for that matter) to death. So I’m bored with those too, but in a completely different way.
So I want the richness and non-reflex-driven experience of an RPG without the tedium. Maybe I should just watch a movie.