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Steam Clean Out Week: Failed Edition

Steam Clean Out Week: Failed Edition
Melissa

It’s Clean Out Your Steam Inventory week at Can’t Talk Media and I’m here to tell you that I’ve utterly failed. I didn’t even look at my Steam inventory.

While I have feelings of guilt and failure for not adhering to this week’s theme I also think I have a really good reason.

Really.

I recently started playing Dragon Age: Inquisition again. When I say again I don’t mean a second or third playthrough. I mean I hadn’t finished my initial playthough. If you were just holding a hot beverage, I apologize. You just dropped it on the floor at that revelation, didn’t you? As a Bioware fan, I understand. You’re now questioning my fan-credibility.

I was right there with you on release day. The digital copy was pre-loaded onto my laptop. I spent hours creating the perfect protagonist. I went hardcore for days in the Hinterlands. I made it to Skyhold. And then two things happened: I decided that I didn’t want to rush through the experience like I did with Mass Effect 3 and my personal life went a little off the rails.

It wasn’t that I lost interest. Not at all. Dragon Age: Inquisition is completely deserving of all those game of the year awards and then some. The thing is, the game is so great that I wanted to experience it at my best and, at the time, I just wasn’t in the right head space.

While I’ve had my ups and downs since then, I finally found my way back to Thedas. I’ve been careful to draw out the experience. Finding every shard, every landmark, completely soaking up as much Dragon Age as I possible could.

On March 9th, 2015 at exactly 4:19am the credits finally rolled. And then, you know.

I immediately tweeted and texted, common courtesy in the wee hours be damned. The respective parties understood. And then when I came down off of the excitement I slept. I honestly went about the whole day in a surreal state. I perused the internet. I caught up on the fandom. I searched the Commander Cullen/Cullen Rutherford tag. I appreciated the fanart and even some of the fanfiction.

The next day the withdrawals came. I swear, it’s like I’m an ex-Templar and Bioware games are my lyrium.

So here I am. Maker have mercy.

Instead of playing other games or really doing anything a functional, responsible adult should be doing, I’m listening to the Dragon Age: Inquisition soundtrack and pining for more story, more character cut-scenes. more party banter, and definitely more romance.

 

 

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