By ryonosuke 3 Comments
Since February this year I have been out of the United States studying abroad in New Zealand. Unfortunately, due to the region differences/paying for electricity/voltage differences and internet pricing, i opted out on bringing my xbox360 or any video game system rather. I made it a goal on myself to not play videogames as much as I would have back home but damn do I miss them. I managed to have my nintendo DS shipped over that way I had a nice compromise and a fun way to kill time but it's not the same.
Right before I got to New Zealand I had purchased Mass Effect 2, a game universe that I am falling in love with just as much as I did Halo, and played the living crap out of it, beating it in a couple of days (note that I normally don't blow through games like this but time was of the essence). Of course there were, and have been, other games besides Mass Effect 2 that I longed to play but:
They weren't out yet
I owned them but never got around to them
I hadn't gotten around to buying them yet
All three of these issues remain unsolved while I sit in my flat in New Zealand. I feel like the odd one out, like a kid who hears about some party all the cool kids went to and the cool shit that happened, knowing that he missed out on being a part of it and if he ever does he'll still be behind. Thankfully I have a couple of good games I received as Christmas presents that I didn't touch and am now quite happy I didn't. For instance, I own Dragon Age: Origins but put it aside to play other games and because I knew I wouldn't fully enjoy it needing to leave the country in a month.
I'm not an obsessive gamer (anymore haha) and I do have a life. I've done a shit ton of stuff here in New Zealand from hiking, mountain climbing, bungee jumping, partying, and so on. Nevertheless, it may be a different country and a "once in a lifetime experience" but the fact remains that I am here studying abroad and am therefore here to go to school. This unfortunately means that sooner or later school eats up time to do fun stuff (bungee jumping and what not) and creates these gaps of time where playing video games would kill time quite well. This was at a time replaced by books but I read all the ones I brought and the ones I BOUGHT and had to stop since I knew I would eventually not be able to bring them back home.
Gaming is definitely a big hobby of mine. I enjoy them as much as I enjoy watching/making movies (my major) and I miss it. All these good games are coming out or have come out and I either regret that I'm not playing them or feel completely disconnected having NO IDEA what they are. I can't wait to be back home and gaming once again.