Now that I am firmly into a month without access to high speed internet and the ability to game online with the proper bandwidth I can give the world some observations from my time traveling relocation to 2004 while still being in 2018. I must admit, my initial reaction as a gamer was less than thrilling.
I have found that my overall gaming has dialed back exponentially. Not only have I been playing less in general, I have also noticed that with a turtle speed wifi connection I have less inclination to turn on my console. The fact that it takes me an absurd amount of time to download a simple patch for any game is enough to make me wish I had a proxy controller to throw in a fit of gamer rage. Yet, there is something nice about seeing these limitations. The first is that first person shooters like Call of Duty and Battlefield aren’t even installed on my console. In their place I have Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy and Borderlands – The Handsome Collection… both of which I purchased at bargain prices last week. I will soon be replacing MLB 17 with MLB 18 on my PS4 as well (we will get into my reaction to their Online Franchise abandonment in the next article).
One observation about gaming without high speed internet is that you are forced to play hard copy games you already own that you may not have completed to this point. For me, this means looking at Dark Souls 3, Shadow Warrior, The Last of Us, Shadow of Mordor, Murdered: Soul Suspect and Titanfall 2.
It leaves me feeling like an old man reflecting on my parents telling me as a kid that I didn’t need new games if I haven’t beat the games I have. I suppose that is similar to the other observation I made in this new trip to the gaming stone age… I have been reading a lot more as well. I am already quite the bibliophile, but now I basically get a chance to dive into the pile of books we finally managed to unpack and my wife sorted out in her wonderfully efficient manner. Seriously, we have a small library right now and it doesn’t even start to touch the amount of books we still have in storage. It’s a nice problem to have, I suppose.
The moral of this story is that while I am inconvenienced in one of my favorite hobbies I am not without other avenues to pursue my gaming. Not to mention, it’s rather enjoyable to read some books I might otherwise leave on a shelf. Whether it is your books or your games that have yet to be finished, you really need to take the opportunity to beat the games you have ignored when you do lose high speed internet.