Before I write the rest of the post, on a podcast I was listening to, Seth Godin, mentioned that he thought everyone should blog every day, if they are following something and paying attention to it. I don’t know if I have much insight to share these days, but the challenge of writing something every day, even if it’s just a quick blurb, is a worthy challenge.
No Man’s Sky is a game released this week that has been the subject of a lot of coverage. I have not purchased this game, and I definitely won’t until I clear some of my backlog (Fallout 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Metro Last Light, Witcher: Wild Hunt, etc). There is one aspect of it that seems pretty interesting. The game is not so much a game, as it’s a simulation of a life on other worlds. You’re alone, exploring a planet, trying to get your ship back together. It was suggested on the Vergecast that you play the game while listening to audiobooks. Now, it could be anything you listen to, but yeah, audiobooks. That would be a cool thing to listen to while i’m exploring the planet looking for material for my ship. That makes total sense.
In a way, that makes No Man’s Sky seem like a series of chores, and not so much fun. However, games, for me, are about fun, story, escape, learning, and challenges. They don’t have to be all those things at the same time. We call them “games for lack of a better word, but what I do could just as well be called a digital extension of my daily life. When I drop into Fallout 4, I don’t think of it as just a game, I think of it as a valuable escape from all the stress I’ve been under. It’s hard, it’s fun, it’s challenging. Maybe No Man’s Sky doesn’t turn out to be super fun, but instead, it ends up being a time I spend “away”, listening to audiobooks trying to repair my spaceship.
That sounds like a super interesting thing. Maybe I should try to see if I can do that in Fallout 4…..