This is a common favorite topic of mine, but goddamn is it relevant to my gaming life right now. Currently I am playing four games: Rock Band (with roommates and friends), Eve Online (as usual), Etrian Odyssey (when commuting), and DOTA (with real friends, as always).
Right now, Rock Band and Eve seem an awful lot like work. Rock Band I’m being forced to play practice mode to learn some of the harder song’s drum lines so that my virtual band might succeed (also, I’d like to get better at the drums). This experience has made me want to murder anyone who thinks that Rock Band and Guitar Hero are toys and not like real musical instruments. I feel like I’m taking drum lessons as I play the song at 50% to learn the muscle memory, then slowly speed it up to full. It’s a process that honestly isn’t fun, but it is rewarding.
In Eve-Online, my fantastic alliance recently made a land grab and is in the process of moving. As a result, I’m in an administrative nightmare of moving all of my assets, which is a bit rote, but well worth it. Still, it feels like work.
The result is that when I play DOTA, I feel like I’m skimping on the “real” video games I’m playing. I should be sorting through starships or practicing the drums or something. This is the strangest feeling, since I’m pretty sure I already have a real job.
I’d say I should just go play an old Nintendo game for fun, but those were even freaking harder than today’s game. Kids these day’s don’t realize what agony Alex Kidd in Miracle World was or the original Metal Gear.