I game, therefore I am: But — you know this — the last thing the web needs is another gamer review blog. And, seeing as how I’m about three years behind on my gaming anyhow, who’s going to read it? 8-Bits-Short is a (new) series of snippet-posts, glimpses into the gaming life of this part-time video gamer a’la-dad-indoctrinating his daughter on his love of button mashing and pixel pushing. Share & enjoy…
Is it possible to say that you are obsessed with a game after just a few hours?
I downloaded the latest (mobile app) offering from Bethesda Softworks this afternoon after it was just shortly released in conjunction with E3 2015. As far as I can tell it is a kind of cross-promotion-slash-mini-game to tie in with the upcoming release of Fallout 4, a game which has me drooling over new hardware because my current consoles are not quite up to snuff.
I say obsessed because after installing it and then loading it up on the train on the way home after work, I found myself completely draining the battery on my phone while playing it after supper.
Then I charged my phone… and completely drained it again. Until Karin found me sitting on the floor tethered to the wall with a charging cable. This is partially because the game is a bit of a power hog, but also because I haven’t been able to put it down all evening.
After (almost literally) burning through my first crack at fallout shelter micromanagement and mourning the quick turn of favours that left me survivorless an infested underground bunker (everyone died!) I started a second game and took a slightly more conservative approach. The game is not super-generous with assistance (following the initial standard tutorial) which makes for a few surprises (pleasant and otherwise.)
The game also is not super generous with resources or probability. Perhaps it is a kind of confirmation bias, but my perception of a 40% chance of something really bad happening and the game’s perception of the same seem wildly different. Plus, after the initial crush of people that form your starting survivor base, new people are few and far between. And though I seem to have a lot of digital pregnant women running around on my phone right now, this doesn’t seem like a long-term viable solution for a quick build up of valuable workers to speed this game along.
I’ll keep playing, but I’m still not sure what this game expects from me in the long run: watching and waiting while my battery drains away and I build up my little virtual shelter like SimCity … or just daily check-ins to check resources, sorta like Tiny Tower.
I’ll keep playing, but reserve my judgement after seeing if it can hold my attention longer than for one cool pre-summer evening.