We all get sick and have to miss work or class or other obligations. Sometimes we get so sick that we can barely lift our heads off the pillow. Sometimes it’s merely a stomach virus and when not giving birth to food babies, we manage to find time for games. And sometimes, we don’t care and play through the pain anyway. After all, the world needs saving!
I remember in high school, I was taking summer classes to lighten my load for my senior year. I came down with a horrible case of mono. Awesome. Not only was I nursing a broken heart due to a certain girl, but I got to lay in bed all day and not be able to move! Seriously, I had to crawl to the kitchen the first few days just to get some cereal. But it wasn’t all bad because that summer, I played two of my favorite games ever for the very first time.
First, I borrowed a copy of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night from my buddy, Ben. I had not played a game in this series since Castlevania II for the NES, but I had always been a fan. So I gave it a shot. I loved the 2-D graphics and the awesome music. I loved the exploration element, which was like a Gothic version of Metroid. And I loved just becoming immersed in the whole game and discovering all kinds of amazing things, like the upside down castle. It was truly an amazing experience and I am glad it happened the way it did.
The other game I played was Final Fantasy Tactics. Anyone who visits this site knows I love me some Final Fantasy. So I wanted to give this spin-off a try. At first, I did not really understand what I was supposed to do, but once I got the hang of it, I started to enjoy myself a bit. Then, the job classes started opening up and I was addicted. I needed to unlock every single job and try them all out in order to build the most powerful party ever seen in Ivalice. MWA HAHAHA. Sorry.
But honestly, the job system, with its classic Final Fantasy icons like the Black and White Mage, just lured me in and has never left me alone. I sank 60 plus hours into that game. The story, though poorly translated, was another aspect that I really loved. The traitorous church and demons and political strife…I ate it up. I played until the mono wore me out, then I rested and played some more. That summer started off so badly, but when it was over, I realized I had played some of the finest games of my life. And I actually miss having mono.
What about you guys? Any times you were sick and ended up having fun because of a game?