The internet has become “that thing to talk about Oblivion with”* and people will likely continue buzzing about it for a few weeks (or months). I don’t have The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. For various reasons, I’m probably not going to buy it. I have never played most of those other supposedly “must play” games like Diablo, Doom 3, Half-Life 2, etc. WOW? I’ve played about 5 hours worth of WOW since I got it last Christmas.
The sum effect of the gaps in my gaming shelf is that sometimes I have very little to talk about. I really enjoy vicarious pleasure, mind you. The enthusiasm of others is pretty easy to get caught up in. And, one very good friend excepted, most people I trust are pretty enthusiastic about Oblivion. But I’m on the outside. I can’t ask good questions about the game. I can’t answer good questions about the game.
I survived middle school as a wallflower. This too will pass.
Until I find more time to play games (doubtful), I don’t think I will get involved with long-winded, free-roaming, sandbox-type RPGs, no matter how pretty they are, and how much the critics rave. I will have to live vicariously through all the gamers around me who are currently obsessed with this game. No doubt I’ll be getting an earful of Oblivion at Sunday’s D&D game, as I’m told that every single person there last week (except one) had played it.
*I can’t for the life of me remember where I read this quote.