I know for a fact that my buddy Andrew is already laughing at me. I’ve always mocked fantasy based RPGs and those that play them. I just never really got into the whole fantasy thing early on and as much as I love sci-fi, it just seemed far more “geek” to me. Like this barrier that I dare not cross. Well, when Oblivion hit and that’s all anyone talked about for months on end, I had to find out what all the fuss was about.
Instead of merely trying my hand at it, I bought it at full retail price and was determined to give it a good, open minded run. And I did! I played it for about 20 hours and enjoyed most of that time spent. I did feel it was getting a little tedious and with so many other games out there, I traded it in.
I’ve thought about renting it a couple times as I’ve found myself craving a good sword swinging adventure after watching something of similar nature or listening to the beautiful music of Jeremy Soule (which I am doing as I write this, I might add). After getting my wisdom teeth pulled on Monday, doctor’s orders were to take it easy for a couple days. Seeing how I had a lot of time on my hands, I thought it would be a good time to re-watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy – something else I’ve only recently gotten into. Once peace was restored to Middle-earth, I found myself left with this horrible craving to play Oblivion. Even after I realized I would have to start over from the beginning due to my profile mishap from a couple weeks back, I still really wanted to play it again.
After picking Hannah up from school, we hit the local Rogers Video. I promised Hannah she could get Open Season as it was all rented out last weekend. She skipped over to meet me in the Xbox 360 section with a smile from ear to ear, where she found me scouring and pacing back-and-forth. No Oblivion! I asked a lurking employee WTF was up and she said their only copy got damaged and they never bothered to replace it. Sonofa! Luckily, there’s another Rogers Video close by, so we stopped by and their only copy was out. As a last resort, I figured I could pick up a used copy at EB for a decent price. Well, not the case. They had 1 new copy marked at $69.99 and no “previously played”. Unreal.
Sure seems like karma is kicking my ass for mocking fantasy geeks all these years. I think my best bet now is to wait for Shivering Isles to come out. I’m sure the full game will drop in price at that time. At least, I hope it does. I don’t think I can bring myself to paying full price for a game, twice.