So I have started playing video games, pretty much for the first time ever. I mean I used to be into Zork back in the boop beep boop bop blrrrrrrrrr eeeeep kssssssssssssssshhh bding bding KSSSHHHHH dialup days but that’s definitely been a while and I don’t know if you know this but games have totally advanced since then? Anyway I got this game called Subnautica on a whim and I spent actual entire human days playing it — I know this because the load screen gives you a little ongoing tally of how much of your life you’ve been wasting — and I got OBSESSED. I was taking notes and printing maps and then I was watching those YouTube videos of dudes who publish their gameplay which I had previously believed was probably the lamest corner of the entire Internet. Who watches a video of a stranger playing a game? The middle-aged lady who can’t figure out how to get past the scary LEVIATHAN REAPER, that’s who.

I had such a good time with Subnautica I started checking out other titles, and Tomb Raider was on sale so I started playing that, and I’m thinking about Portal and Stardew Valley, and also I am letting Riley play Far Cry 5 because it is delightfully profane and there is an awesome dog who attacks evil hillbillies on your behalf.

Games! Turns out they are fun!

Plus they maybe add a little vicarious thrill to a pleasant but decidedly un-thrilling lifestyle, along with a satisfying sense of linear progress when one is trapped in a pile of ever-replenishing tween laundry.


13 Responses to “Now playing”

  1. Lara on April 6th, 2018 4:44 pm

    You will LOVE Portal. Portal II is even better.

    I’ve recently returned to video games myself; I bought myself a Switch and have been playing Zelda for weeks. It’s so relaxing, and such a gorgeous, lush game. I feel you so hard on this.

  2. Melospiza on April 6th, 2018 6:17 pm

    Zork!!!! I miss that game.

  3. Pete Haidinyak on April 6th, 2018 9:38 pm

    Careful. If you reach the event horizon you can never escape from the time suck which is gaming. Mine is Doom4

  4. Donna Plumley Brubach on April 7th, 2018 8:10 am

    Dude it’s been awhile but Nancy drew mysteries for the PC. Although I love the hidden item games. Lamest gamer ever. And the doc I work for now plays some submarine game lol.

  5. Angela on April 7th, 2018 8:55 am

    So glad to see you posting on CafeMom again!

  6. Jenny Hoffman on April 7th, 2018 9:11 am

    SKYRIM!!! I am about to take on Alduin, the evilest dragon in the game, and I’m not READY.

  7. Kate on April 7th, 2018 9:12 am

    I’m 31 years old, with four male children. We have 6 PlayStation 4s, and two mounted 65 inch TVs hooked to our PCs is my husband and I can play World of Warcraft in the same room. We are a house of extreme gamers, diligently working on indoctrinating our kids, and it’s my single favorite part of my family life. Welcome to the dark side!

  8. Kate on April 7th, 2018 9:13 am

    Oh, and I need to second: get a switch, play Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It’s the most perfect game ever played IMO.

  9. Stacy on April 7th, 2018 10:42 pm

    If you guys have xbox live then there’s a free game (best price ever) this month called The Witness. I think you’d really like it, it’s pretty and it’s really cool puzzles. I’m guessing there’s a slight storyline too but but started it so but but sure yet. 😀

  10. Michelle on April 8th, 2018 10:31 pm

    I’ve always dabbled in gaming, but took about a 10 year break.

    My husband LOVES Portal. It straight up drives me bonkers.

    We both enjoyed Firewatch tremendously, and are currently working through L.A. Noir. Great stuff, highly recommended!

    Of course, there will always be a special place in my heart for Resident Evil, especially Nemesis and Code Veronica. And Silent Hill still induces great anxiety. Ah, memories…!

  11. Caleal on April 9th, 2018 7:51 am

    I am deeply in love with the Fallout games. When Fallout 4 cape out I took actual days off of work to be able to play it to my uninterpted slovenly delight.

  12. Erin on April 9th, 2018 12:42 pm

    Try Overcooked! It’s multiplayer, so you can scream at everyone around you to “bring that pot over here!” “Cut your onion!” “I need clean dishes!” and it’s so much fun. The kitchen works against you, so you have to work as a team. Highly recommend for some family fun. My tween daughter and I play often, and we end up laughing every time. It’s on several platforms, including the Switch.

  13. Eilis Byrnes on April 27th, 2018 11:00 pm


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