Read Play Blog is a meme about video games and books, posted every 16th of the month. Bloggers are encouraged to answer a discussion question, and recommend a video game that is similar to a book they liked. Hosted by Happy Indulgence Books & Read Me Away.
This month's question: Single or multiplayer?
If a game isn't fun or playable in single player mode, I have no interest in it. Sure, there are plenty of games I like to play with JV (Little Big Planet, Super Mario Galaxy, Minecraft, once in a while some Sonic 2 or Streets of Rage 2 from his SEGA arcade collection), and who doesn't love a few rounds of their favorite fighting game among friends, or a marathon co-op beat 'em up run? But overall, gaming has always been a solitary, withdrawn activity for me. It's one of the things I like to do when I've had too many people.
Minecraft, mostly. I think this is what I was playing in February, too. Sometimes I just gotta go on a block bender, I guess!
But truthfully February and early March were crappy, busy times for me. I've been too busy doing things like filing taxes, renewing a whole bunch of ID paperwork, and preparing for a Swedish oral exam—very little focus left over for games. I couldn't handle much more except plunking down in front of the TV for a couple hours, losing myself in the almost-hypnotic task of shearing my pen of sheep and the ambient mellow-out Minecraft soundtrack.
Can we all take a moment to remember how great Streets of Rage 2 was? This game sucked away hours of my free time and despite all of that I've never managed to beat it...
There were so many great beat 'em ups from this era, I know, but this one is my favorite.