Video games have never been my thing. When I was a kid I never had a game console so I just didn’t get into them. Occasionally I would play when I was round at friend’s houses who had a PlayStation or Nintendo. I remember playing a Mario game where you jump into paintings that I really liked. I wasn’t bad at Fifa 2004 and I liked driving around and crashing into innocent pedestrians in GTA.
The Sims and Minesweeper were the only games I really remember being properly into. I am proud to say that I have completed Minesweeper on expert! Life achievement right there.
But I’ve never been a “gamer” and I definitely believed that it was a “boy thing” when I was growing up. Video games were a thing that sad lonely boys played all the time in their bedroom because they were bad at social interaction. Those were the messages I received and believed about people who played games.
Skip forward to 2017 and suddenly I have found myself in a relationship with a man who loves video games. Not something I expected. But what I’ve learned is that there’s so much variety in videos games that there’s a game out there for everyone. The people reading this who are into video games are like “duh, Hannah!”. Dan knows me very well, he also knows games very well so he know how to make a good match. So far every game he’s introduced me to I’ve loved and playing games has become a really great couple’s activity for us.
So without further ado… here’s a list of my new favourite video games! Oh and these are by no means “new” games, they’re just new to me.
This game is by far my favourite and the one I am most addicted to. It’s an itch I need to scratch and I’ve wasted so much time playing it, it’s a problem you have to help me! In the game you are a Civilisation e.g. Rome, Egypt, France, China etc. and each civ has it’s own unique abilities. You start the game with one settler and one warrior and you have to build your cities, expand, maybe go to war, start a religion. I am obsessed with this game! And it’s the ideal game for me because it’s turn-based so I can take my time. I’m not good at games that require quick reactions. Ah just writing this now makes me want to play!
This is a fantasy board game and Dan & I play the digital version. We’ve thought about getting the actual physical board game but there’s so much maths involved it would take twice as long to play if you didn’t have the computer doing it all for you. I’m not really sure how to explain this game but it’s fantasy and you play as a character and you go around the board collecting things and fighting enemies and each other and there’s lots of different win conditions. It’s part skill but also part luck because it does involve some dice rolling. This was the first computer game Dan introduced me to. We were in Copenhagen and we played one game after another until 4am getting increasingly more drunk…
I don’t like the name of this one, I think it’s stupid, but I love the game! Dan and I have just started playing this and I feel like it’s a loooooong game-play kind of game so I can’t say much about it right now. Again, it’s fantasy and you can play as a team. You’re some kind of magic people and you’re prisoners and you need to escape this island and find out secrets and fight people. It’s great. We’re currently playing as two dwarfs called Judeline and Lorean. Unfortunately, we can only play it when I’m at Dan’s and most of the time he’s at mine in London. I also love this game because even though there are fights, it’s still turn-based! Update: we’ve escaped the island now but there is so much more to do in this game!
I wasn’t sure whether to include this because I don’t actually play it and probably never will because it requires very quick reactions. But Dan loves League of Legends and throughout our relationship I have watched him watch it. At first I had no interest in understanding what the hell was going on but then he started to explain it to me. I still don’t understand most it but I can roughly follow a game now. When the analysts do all their talking before/after games I have no idea what they’re talking about. But I can enjoy watching it! Dan’s team are Misfits so I have adopted them as my team too. I feel like I’ve just dipped my toe into the world of eSports and it’s like Pandora’s box!
So there it is! My new favourite video games! If you didn’t know, sometimes when we are at Dan’s we stream on Twitch! Haven’t in a while but hopefully when we move in together it’ll become a more regular thing. I’ve also played XCOM II but I didn’t want to put that on the list because I’ve only played it once!
This is probably a very niche post and not many of my readers will enjoy it but hey! thanks if you made it until the end! I’d love to hear in the comments if you’ve played any of these games and what you think of them or if you have any recommendations for me!
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