Following in the footsteps of Jaeda at Dragons & Whimsy, Ysharros at Stylish Corpse and a few other video game bloggers, I thought it was about time I started my own gaming to-do list. I’m somewhat using the rules laid out by Izlain in his post The Gamer To-Do List. You can read his suggested guidelines over on his blog!
First of all, why would I do this? Like a few of my fellow gamers, I have a Stack of Shame (on Steam and elsewhere) the size of a skyscraper at this point and it’s ever growing, and I have a few too many unfinished games piling up on the backburner, not to mention games I own but have never even installed.
Instead of feeling excited that I have so many options, I feel, well…stressed. I know that’s absolutely ridiculous, but I get so overwhelmed with a long list of games that instead of just picking one and playing it, I stare at my list and end up doing something else instead. Or, in some cases, doing nothing.
So for me, organisation can sometimes help! When I’m on my time off, I often even write myself a list of games I want to play so that I don’t get distracted or waylaid. With that in mind, here are some things I want to achieve in my video games of choice so that I can feel accomplished and make some progress on my gaming to-do list!
I never knew how attached I could become to a virtual dinosaur until my first battle dino pet, Smiler the little girl Dilo, was slain in a valiant battle in ARK: Survival Evolved. We took our newly found pets (you might remember them as the small dinosaurs in Jurassic Park who spat at everyone who passed them by) hunting, killed a few of their own kind as well as even a few raptors, until one of them (I blame Giggles, T’s little dude) accidentally got on the wrong side of a Trike and pulled an entire horde of them.
In my efforts to defend the pair, I got myself trampled and lost all my gear, hence the nudity in the screenshot. I may not have been able to get back my gear, but I found the bodies of our little warriors, plopped them unceremoniously next to a rock, and promptly went about punching trees through great damage to myself (when you have no tools, punching trees to get materials really hurts!) to build a signpost in their honour.
Rest in peace, Smiler and Giggles. I’m sorry T harvested the meat and hide from your corpses while I was trying to build your memorial.
This week’s screenshot of the week is an image of me riding my newly tamed raptor, Violet, in ARK: Survival Evolved. I’ve been spending a huge amount of time playing ARK and am enjoying my time taming dinosaurs, exploring, and building everything. It’s a ton of fun, and I’m actually surprisingly enjoying the fact that there are only two of us playing together, like we’re two lone survivors battling the elements! (And dinosaurs, of course!)
In case you missed it, here’s my First Impressions review of ARK: Survival Evolved! I definitely recommend it to any fans of the survival genre, particularly if you like dinosaurs.