A Lazy Weekend Apart
I have to say, it was a pretty good weekend. I called it lazy in the title, but I did an adequate amount of work each day – grading, yard work, chores, etc – to not feel totally sluggish, but still, I spent plenty of time playing games with my wife and/or my buddy.
The and/or is because something new and slightly frustrating has come into my life. It truly is only slightly frustrating, but ever since we “finished” Torchlight 2 and my buddy lost interest in LoL, my wife and he have not been able to come to an agreement on any game for the 3 of us to play. I’ve always busted my bottom trying to find stuff that would interest both of them (and I think Monaco would, but since it’s not on sale, my buddy won’t consider it), but both of their extreme finickiness when it comes to games has finally rent their interests into two camps with virtually no overlap.
My wife isn’t interested in FPS games. My buddy isn’t interested in 4x games. My wife doesn’t like Magic: The Gathering. My buddy won’t consider going back to MMOs for a second run. It has become harder and harder to find a middle ground, and, finally, I’ve given up trying to. My wife and I enjoy Guild Wars 2, League of Legends, and Civ 5 (though I’m interested in a new 4x game for the summer when we both have more time to kill. My ideas are to get Gods and Kings (the Civ 5 xpac), get her a copy of Endless Space, or to find something totally new for both of us so we’ll start on a level playing field. I’m happy to hear any suggestions). My buddy and I play Warframe, Neverwinter, and M:tG. It seems that never the twain shall meet.
Often, it’s not a big deal, since both of them have weird schedules, but on the weekends, there’s the unique problem of having to choose. Since I can’t just say, “Let’s go play Torchlight!” I’m stuck with picking one over the other. Well, brace yourself, world, but my wife always wins that contest. But that means that my buddy and I haven’t played much of anything for the past several days, and with summer coming up, my wife’s schedule will open up a lot.
It’s odd; I’ve worked hard to avoid this situation by trying to find games they’ll both like, but now that I’ve given that up, it doesn’t seem like there’s nearly as much pushback as I’d expect – or want. Both seem complacent to just let me play with the other. That should be comforting, but, and perhaps this is just my nature, it’s not. Regarding my wife, it doesn’t bother me because I see her all the time, but for my buddy to be so willing to just fade away into obscurity bothers me. I feel like he should want to find something to do together, but his inert lifestyle may very have crushed any motivation in him to strive for anything. I don’t know.
Regardless, hopefully something will come along soon that will entice them both. As always, only time will tell.
Stubborn (whose birthday is today)