Bored? Of course you are, the last big game came out months ago.
We are now deep in the midst of the summer holidays for a lot of people, which is often considered a good thing. For gamers, however, the case is quite different. We find ourselves with plenty of time and no games to spend it with; it’s so common it is now universally known as “The Summer Drought” among the community. What’s more annoying is that, to use the House Stark motto, winter is coming and bringing with it a plethora of new games that publishers bring out in time for Christmas sales. Fear not, however, as the advice below should help you through this long and arduous heatwave of gaming inactivity. Here are five ways to make it through the summer drought.
Delve into your backlog
It’s funny. Time is often a scarce resource that must be managed during the rest of the year for gamers, when they have to balance their other commitments with being able to play the vast variety of games that come out every month. We have to prioritize, which often leads to a backlog of games we have wanted to play or may have even bought, but have not got round to completing or even starting them yet. I’m talking about the Batman: Arkham Origins, the Lego Marvel Superheroes or even Luigi’s Haunted Mansion. Take a look back at the year and see what you’ve missed; you can often get them pretty cheap second-hand on Amazon and the like.
There are a number of positions you may be in regarding your relationship with Gabe Newell and his Steam service. You may have just emptied your wallet following the Summer Sale, in which case you can go and get your money’s worth and play all the hundreds of titles you bought this summer. If you missed the sale, fear not. Steam has plenty of great deals on every day and you can get some great little indie titles that provide hours and hours of gameplay, such as Don’t Starve, for less than a tenner. Go, browse, kneel before Lord Newell and play.
Remember those games that you loved as a kid? Chances are you’ll still adore them just as much now. If your PlayStation 2 or GameCube is gathering dust in your attic, bring it out and give it some love. There are so many classics from the eras that have passed that you could be playing them for years to come, let alone just the summer. If you sold off your old consoles, again Steam often sells old classics like Star Wars Battlefront 2 for a small fee, so this dive back into the sea of nostalgia is accessible for anyone who enjoyed video games as a kid.
Make plans for the winter
As I mentioned earlier, Winter is coming and you need to prepare yourself if you plan to get the most out of it. If you haven’t already, watch this year’s E3 to see which games take your fancy. Check out the calendar for what games are coming when, take into consideration your finances and time availability and makes a decision over what games you will be buying. If you feel definitive about your decisions, you could even pre-order to ensure you get special bonuses with your purchase. This won’t busy you for the whole of the summer, but it is certainly a worthwhile thing to do.
Try other forms of geek media
If you love video games, chances are you’ll love films, comic books and good television too. So go ahead and try them out. Binge watch Game Of Thrones, read Alan Moore’s Watch Men or go out and see Guardians Of The Galaxy. If you’re feeling super adventurous, go to a convention near you, which often take place throughout the summer. There’s plenty of non-gaming stuff to dig into this summer, so give them a chance.