We’ve all got movies we love to watch over and over. Monty Python. Princess Bride. Airplane. Friday. Usually fun and lighthearted, these flicks allow us to sink away into an enjoyable place, without worrying about tracking characters, plot, and the like. Of course we’d get bored if we only watched these movies, but they’re comforting and it’s nice to have them around — it’s so relaxing to just zone out for a while and watch an old favorite.
I feel this way about some games. There’s no surprise anymore, nothing new to see or discover — but there is a soothing enjoyment in treading over familiar ground and seeping into the world I’ve come to love.
Skyrim has become one of these. Not only is it the first game I’ve ever bought for both the PS3 and the XBox 360 (so I can play down in the video game gym), but now I’ve got two games going simultaneously on each system. Ridiculous, I know.
But sometimes at the end of a crazy day at school, it’s just so darn nice to head out into the wilderness and take on a cavern of bandits. Or rescue a long-lost blade from a Dwarven ruin. Or whip a little fus ro dah on some Forsworn jerks. I don’t have to keep track of the story, I don’t have to pay attention to cutscenes or dialogue. It’s just 100% smooth sailing in the mountains of the north.
Quantum of Solace is another of my go-to games. I never get tired of shooting those bad guys and sniping the snipers. I don’t really know what it is about that particular game — I recognize that it’s not the greatest title of all time. But it’s a perfect combination of elements for me.
What are your comfort games? Which are the titles you can go back to over and over and never get bored? Share your thoughts and we’ll discuss ‘em on the next podcast.