I have this image, right, of winter vacations. Of sitting in front of a fire with a mug of something hot and really thick woolen socks on and a blanket and a snoring dog. Snow hissing against the windows. The light gentle and warm. And, most importantly, a video game in my lap.
The amount of times that that has actually happened since I was a teenager are minimal because real life doesn’t usually allow for days like that. There’s shoveling and work and chores and always other things to do.
This year feels different, though. Not that I suddenly don’t have other things to do, it’s just that I’ve realized how many of them are false busyness, distractions. And I have trained my concentration back up so it’s not five minutes at a time, look at my phone, back for five minutes. And also? I have to say, I’m pretty happy right now.
So I have a lot of fun games on the radar, just to give you a sense of what I want to do.
– Finishing DA:I (this is looking like 100 hours of gameplay, I’m glad I didn’t try to record)
– Evolve – Giving this a first go tonight, including recording, and I’m expecting to be laughably terrible at it.
– More Minecraft!
– Possibly Dying Light
– Mobile games. I may have to throw in the towel on freaking Limbo — or buy the steam version and just finish it, because controls are the worst.
And you know what? The very first snow day I have, I’m going to make that image a reality. I might replace the roaring fireplace with a roaring stove, and I might struggle to not stress about real life things, but it’s going to be a thing. I had such a tough few years and suddenly things are ok, and I just need to grab that with every bit of my being while I can.
February, you’re doing me RIGHT.