No, the Apolcalypse is not Four Fat Chicks’ forum being hacked or the front page disappearing. My post Fallout 3 Apocalypse is a severe case of Gamer’s Drift.
After playing a game like Fallout 3 , special in so many ways, I find it very difficult to find a next game to play. Gamer’s Drift may take on personal idiosyncrasies, but perhaps some of these symptoms will sound familliar.
1. Install game after game, genre no barrier. If it’s on the shelf, it’s worth a shot.
2. Watch intro with one eye skimming a manual for enough comprehension to create a character. Easier to jump in when choices are limited but not so nice when none are appealing.
3. Flip quickly through manual for a simple list of keystrokes. Why can’t all maps open with M, all inventories with I? But I digress, that’s a post for another day.
4. With the most rudimentary understanding of how the game is played coupled with memory shards of recently installed & rejected games, try to stay alive long enough to run across a couple of screens & talk to some npcs. Bonus points if the UI is intuitive enough to cast any spells, damage or otherwise.
5. Finally, hit ESC and stare at the screen. Is this worth saving, was it fun? Or a total chore and something that feels like work? Loki and The Chosen: Well of Souls should have paid me for my efforts.
I’m doing fine now, settled in with Legend: Hand of God. Not by any stretch a great game, but I enjoy the dissonance of an articulate Canadian in a land of orcs’n’elves. As it’s a short game, very soon I plan to merrily skip wihout hesitation into a meatier game like The Witcher Enhanced.