Last month I attended a social event in which I met some new people for the first time. I’m usually a very confident person but under these circumstances, I was feeling a bit nervous. I was doing a pretty good job of playing it cool, however, until my date went to the restroom and then I was asked what should have been a very easy question for me:
“So, what games do you play?”
What games do I play? Oh, don’t even get me started! I am a lover of games. I am an addicted game buyer. I am a game writer and reviewer. I am a super-nerd when it comes to the world of video games.
So why, oh why, did I choke on this question?
My answer, “I, uh, like, ya know…”
I think I eventually managed some sort of weak answer and he either thought I was crazy or sensed my nervousness (or both) and graciously moved the conversation along. The most hilarious part of this embarrassing story is that I had prepared myself beforehand for all of the questions people might potentially ask me. I did not, however, prepare myself for what should have been the easiest question aside from “What is your name?”
While it is impossible to go back in time and give a more intelligent response to this question, what I can do is answer it for all of you.
What am I currently playing? Quite a bit of Sid Meier’s Civilization V (no, I am NOT addicted, why do you ask?) for one. I have over 3,500 hours played in Team Fortress 2. When the game was first released, I held a leadership/admin position in a very popular TF2 community for a number of years before quitting, coming back to the land of free hats and silly loadouts to once again become Division Leader in a second gaming community, only to leave that community in pursuit of a quieter gamer life with
fewer no obligations where I can play whatever-the-heck I want whenever-the-heck I want. TF2 isn’t quite the same without a great group of friends to play with but I do still love the game and have Steam friends from both of those communities that I sometimes still catch some games with.
I’ve also been working my way through Bioshock Infinite, a game that I am quite fond of for a variety of reasons. I’ll have to go into more detail on that topic later (do I smell a game review coming up soon?).
So those are my 3 “main” games of the moment, I suppose.
I have over 300 games on my Steam profile and no, I have not played them all yet. However, I have at least started/sampled at least 90% of them. I am a big Tomb Raider fan and have nearly every TR game ever released. I have almost all the Sonic games (yes, even the terrible ones). I’m also partial to Indy titles and off-the-wall games most have never heard of. I admit, some of them are stupid, poorly put-together or full of plot holes but they have a simple charm to them that I like. Plus, they’re fun to laugh at.
Some random titles from my Steam list that have more than 15+ hours’ gameplay include:
- Don’t Starve
- Counter-Strike Source
- Left 4 Dead/ L4D2
- Borderlands 2
- Bad Rats
- Octodad: Dadliest Catch
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- NiGHTS into Dreams… (I will let Cael tell you one day why we love this game so much)
- Ragnarok Online 2
- PAYDAY 2
- Day of Defeat: Source
- Mirror’s Edge
- Football Manager 2012
- Tomb Raider: Anniversary
- Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013
- Dota 2
- DC Universe Online
- Goat Simulator
- Insaniquarium! Deluxe (Do not question the Insaniquarium! #trustme)
- Garry’s Mod
- Portal 2
- BookWorm Deluxe
- PlanetSide 2
Then there are the games I have many hours invested in that are not on Steam, like SWTOR and World of Warcraft. That’s not even mentioning console games. It’s easy to see that I play a lot of games and I really should not have stumbled over this question. Hey, sometimes even I can be socially awkward. Shocking, I know! If someone were to ask you that question right now, would you know how to answer?
So tell us, what are you playing? What are some of your favorite games of all time? What games have you played that made you wish you could get those precious hours of your life back? We want to hear all about it in the comments.