Ok, so part of the title may be an overstatement. It hasn’t taken over MY life, but it has taken over my T.V.! While I have played it I am not the one responsible for the number of hours logged (last I checked, it was approaching the 500 mark!) .
For those of you not familiar with this game (although I would find that hard to believe!), Destiny is a first-person shooter , massive multiplayer game developed by Bungie, and is their first since the Halo series (my favorite, right next to CounterStrike!). Among the many interesting things about this game is that it was developed with a 10-year life span plan. Yes, 10 YEARS!! Ambitious for a game, I know, but I see the potential!
The video game library in my house is present. Nothing spectacular, and a lot of repeats as we moved from XBOX to XBOX 1 (WHAT?! Not backwards-compatible?! Sneaky). What’s interesting to me is the WAY these games are played by the main player in my house. Once the story is complete, does the CD go back into the case and get stored on the shelf? Oh no. The game is played more and more and more until each story arc has been completed by each character available! Play as the anti-hero all the way through? Well, start over again as the hero. Played as one character? OK, start over again as a different character, and so on until ALL of it has been completed. Then, and only then, can a new and different game be started! Well ok. That works for me I suppose, because it gives me time to go out and get the next game. But I digress…
Here’s what I see going on with Destiny–there are so many arcs, so many ways to play, and so many characters to play (there is a limit of three that can be created). Bounty completions earn rewards that can be ‘cashed in’ for weapons and armor upgrades. And if the Random Generator Gods smile upon you, the weapons and armor upgrades can be EPIC!
But none of this really points to how it has taken over my life and television. Well, aside from the fact that I’ve already done four paragraphs and still haven’t gotten to the crux of my title. It’s taken over because everything now revolves around when Destiny can be fired up. Have we caught up on the shows we recorded on the DVR? Check. Has dinner/lunch/breakfast/whatever been eaten? Check. Is my S.O. needed for anything? Check. And then the music begins…..
Last weekend, I awoke to find a marathon session had taken place. An epic marathon session. Gaming began at 8:00 P.M., and had ended at 5:00 A.M. Let me repeat that….began at 8:00 P.M. and ended at 5:00 A.M.
So my question to all of you out there….what is it about these games that draws you in and keeps you playing, even long after the story has ended? What is the longest continuous amount of time you’ve played? Did you shower at all?