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It’s not what you play, it’s who you play it with

I’m writing this the day before Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 releases. At least for me and all the other season pass pre-orders. If you bought the Ultimate Edition, you could be playing now but if you only have the standard you have to wait another few days. Sad, but true.

That’s a comment for another day. What I wanted to write about was a question Kim asked me recently: “Why don’t you write about how exited you are for The Division 2?” Relatively straightforward at first but the truth is, I’m not. I’ve dropped a load of money on a game I’m not hyped about at all.

So why spend the money? Well, because Pete is beyond excited about the game.

Every Tuesday night, Pete and I play games online, or at least try to as sometimes life gets in the way. I look forward to it each and every week and I’m always gutted if we can’t play. Over the years we’ve played all sorts including Destiny (both the original and 2), Rocket League, Strange Brigade and currently Fallout 76. We’ve also played The Division.

Pete loves The Division. I’ve never known him be so passionate about any other game. He loves the setting, the look and most importantly the grind. Long after I was bored (and frustrated) with the bullet-sponge baddies, Pete was playing it on multiple systems and ranking up his characters to super powerful levels. He’s an absolute Division nut and his enthusiasm is infectious.

I love seeing passion in people, I love being a part of their happiness and it’s games like The Division which give that. Am I looking forward to the actual game? Not really. Am I looking forward to playing it? As long as it’s with Pete, you bet your backside I am.

Ben View All

Dad, Gent, Geek. Occasional grumpy old man. Console Peasant. Should know better.

13 thoughts on “It’s not what you play, it’s who you play it with Leave a comment

  1. i am completely the same, i have loads of games i absolutely despise on my own just because i don’t have the confidence in playing them, but as long as someone else is there who loves it , you bet it im finishing that game! x

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  2. This is nice to hear, and it’s cool when you can find a game you can enjoy with other people. I’ve been finding that more and more difficult with my local friends recently, which is a real shame; we just can’t seem to agree on the sort of thing we’re interested in playing.

    Well, no. I think the problem we have is that we get too “ambitious”. We think “oh, wow, yeah, it’d be super-cool to play Vermintide long-term and get loads of awesome loot and kick arse!” — then we play it once every three weeks and it’s not much fun because we don’t have any of that awesome loot, so we end up giving up. And no-one has the inclination to commit if not everyone is on board.

    Short-form one-shot games don’t seem to be the answer, either; while some of us have had fun with simple things like Half-Life 2 Deathmatch (still one of my favourite online shooters, purely for the fact you can kill someone with a flying toilet) others want something a bit more substantial.

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  3. The games I buy can often be influenced by the games my friends buy. If I know someone else is getting it and it’s got some kind of online coop element the chances are we will all get it. We play together a lot, and we have a hell of a lot of fun playing games together.

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  4. I bought Division 2 for the same reason. A good friend who I play online with (when I can) was getting it and convinced me to get it as well. If not for him, I would not have bought the game as well but I am looking forward to going through this one with him and other players 🙂

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