This morning, I woke up feeling funky, and not in a good way. After a few trips to the bathroom, some retching, some vomiting, and some feeling sorry for myself, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m sick in some way. Just call me Sherlock.
After I told work that I wasn’t coming in and my wonderful amazing girlfriend brought me saltines, ginger ale, ramen, and Pepto, I decided to make the best of a bad situation and settle in for the day. I watched an episode of Mad Men (still amazing) and caught up on some Kotaku articles (also amazing). Lingering in the back of my mind is the desire to play some video games, and the eternal struggle of figuring out which one to play.
Sick day games! I want something easy, yet engrossing, to make the time go by. I don’t want to have to pay attention to elaborate dialogue or worry about my reflexes in a game that requires quick ones. It’s got to be mobile, because there is no way I’m getting out of bed (unless, god forbid, I have to vomit again). That limits my options considerably.
My Vita is loaded up with at least twenty games, and at the moment none of them sound appealing. I could keep grinding away at Persona 3, but I’m still in the first fifteen or so hours of that game so nothing very compelling is drawing me to it. XCOM: Enemy Unknown Plus has been a delight, but there’s so much bombast that I’d want to play with the sound off, and what is XCOM without hearing “Overwatch, aye aye!” Hohokum could be perfect; relaxing, tranquil, maybe the most mellow game out there. But I think I’d have to dig it out of my (seemingly endless) download list first, and that’s always a hassle.
I’m leaning towards Darkest Dungeon. I know this sounds like the opposite of everything I’ve described above, but hear me out. I’m early enough in the game that the challenge isn’t too extreme, but still learning the ropes enough that I have to really take my time navigating menus and reading character descriptions. It’s turn-based, a plus. The music can be played quietly or turned off completely, as it feels kind of generic horror-y chants and dirges. The game asks you upon startup to do what I’ve been trying to do all day: make the most of a bad situation, so I get a nice little mirror held up to the real world.
What will more than likely happen is that I’ll finish this article, close my laptop, take out my Vita, and promptly fall asleep. Honestly? That doesn’t sound so bad.