I doubt there’s any group of people who anticipate (and dread) the holiday season as much as gamers, since it’s the season of new game releases. Every console or PC owner knows this means frequent trips to your favorite game store and spending well-earned money on something you may or may not decide to invest 10-30 hours of your life in. There are the big releases, the one’s you probably have marked on your calendar and ordered in advance; the small releases, which you probably won’t be aware of until a few months from now and, of course, the postponed releases, the one’s you’ll have to be extra patient for and pray that it doesn’t get delayed any further.
This season however, in an effort to spare the contents of my wallet, I have narrowed down my holiday purchases to two titles. Unfortunately, it only took a few hours with the first (Fallout 3, in case anyone is wondering) to make me realize I might not have time to devote to even one game this year.
Actually, mine is a very familiar story in the industry. People enter the video game industry because they like playing games, but once you are in it, you probably won’t have much time to dedicate to actually playing. I, for one, had to sacrifice a few hours of sleep to get some quality gaming time in this week and I am sure I wasn’t the only one. Still, without people working hard to make games, there wouldn’t be any games for everyone to enjoy, right?
So, for everyone out there playing your title of choice 12+ hours a day this holiday season, think of the people who made the game, (and how they can no longer do what you are doing right now) and have fun!