Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

I'm not a patient person. I don't do well with anticipation. I don't believe that waiting to obtain something makes it that much sweeter in the end. Actually, I usually find that the more I look forward to something the more disappointed with it I am. So right now I am desperately hoping that waiting (impatiently) doesn't come back to bite me later. What is it that I'm so anxiously anticipating? What has my heart all a-twitter? A video game. But not just any video game. The next video game from BioWare. For the uninitiated, BioWare is responsible for two of my all time favorite games. The first is the game that got me hooked on video games for all time. I'm referring to Star Wars:Knights of the Old Republic. I had played video games when I was younger, of course, but only once in awhile. The only system I had as a kid was the Atari 2600. When I was older I owned a Sega Genesis but not for very long. So when I first saw the trailer for Knights of the Old Republic it was a revelation. I hadn't followed video game news for many years. I honestly didn't even know games had advanced that far. But seeing my favorite franchise in a video game that looked that good, well, I just had to play. So I did. A few times. The next game from them that I absolutely fell in love with was Jade Empire. It too was an RPG game, set in a world loosely based on ancient Japan. These two games remain my favorites to this moment and they gave BioWare an eternal pass as far as I'm concerned. I will try anything they have their names attached to. It's why I tried Mass Effect (which I thought was an alright game, not the masterpiece everyone else seemed to believe it was). All this rambling brings me around at last to my point. BioWare has been developing a game for a few years now that is right up my alley. It is called Dragon Age:Origins and from everything I've seen and read it is going to be abso-fricking-loutely fantastic. It's set in a fantasy world that BioWare has created from the ground up. Fantasy, of course, is my passion. The game looks like it will be similar to the Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights games that BioWare was also responsible for. I've had only a little experience with either game but enough to know they both are great. So, I've been waiting about 2 or 3 years for Dragon Age and the wait is close to over. But not close enough. The release date (as of today) is November 3rd. Nearly 2 and a half months to go and I am desperately hoping the game does not get pushed back. I am seriously jonesing for this game. I cannot wait to immerse myself in another BioWare masterpiece. I can't wait to immerse myself in another world so rich in depth I have to be convinced by medical professionals that it doesn't exist. I can't wait for my wife to complain about how much damn time I'm devoting to a video game (ok, so maybe not that part). I just flat out cannot wait. But I must. Hopefully the wait is worth it. Given BioWare's record, it will be.

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