Last Edit: 2020-04-04
Lots of time and lots of games
As with a lot of people, I've had a lot of time during the global pandemic. I've tried to see the bright side of this by returning to one of my favourite hobbies: video games. It's a passtime I've dissapointingly left aside once university (and even high school) picked up. I used to think about it as being sort of a waste of time - it didn't contribute to my school work, physical well-being, or career prospects. After my friends experienced a similar decline in gaming, it lost its social appeal too.
But in the time of a tumultuous real world, the appeals of virtual ones couldn't be more enticing. In some ways it can be an escape, like playing the soothing Animal Crossing. In other ways, it can be a deeper dive to reflect on reality itself, like in the post-apocalyptic world of The Last of Us. And in a time where everybody is bored at home, it finally gives me and my friends something to do together, planning tactical raids in Call of Duty: Warzone.
Here are the games I've finished (or played a substantial amount of) since returning back to Canada for social distancing. I really enjoy well-crafted, single player experiences. Working through this backlog of games is what keeps me looking forward to each day - I try to finish around a video game a week, making use of whatever sales on Steam I can.
Here are the games I've been playing/tracking since March 2020 (to be out of date as of March 2021):