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The Work is Over. Let the Games Begin.

The other day, I made a goal to celebrate the end of each final/final assignment with a new post. This, of course, did not happen the way I planned.

Instead, I am writing a celebratory post to honor the completion of my long and harrowing semester. And what better way to do this then to talk about the game I am about to play to kick start the holiday season.

Sadly, I don’t have much time during the semester to play games. I love ’em to death, but it’s hard finding time to play while working and going to school. So, to start off my holiday gaming binge, I’m playing EA’s 2008 sleeper hit “Dead Space.”

Dead Space is a survival horror game that drops you into an abandoned space mining vessel. This giant ship, now occupied with carnivorous zombie creatures, has been offline for months in a deep sector of space and it’s your job to solve the mystery behind what happened to the crew.

After the game’s release, Dead Space received very positive reviews from various sites–all of which arrived at the general consensus that thanks to the game, the survival horror genre was now resurrected.

I will admit, this was a game I passed up for two years. It always caught my interest, but I never found the time to play. After reviewing some shitty game for the website I write for, I returned it for $20 and used that money to pick up Dead Space. After all was said and done, I thought it was a great transaction.

With loads of time to play, I’m pretty sure I’ll have the game beat in a week. My next achievement is to finish playing Halo: Reach, Red Dead Redemption, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, and Amnesia: Dark Descent. ¬†All these games, with the exception of Dark Descent, have been sitting idle waiting to be finished.

I have to be careful though. So far in my college career, I’ve kept a safe distance between my social life, school and gaming. All the girls I’ve dated understood that gaming is very important, but none of them ever played. Now that I’m in the single world again, I have to make sure that my suppressed gaming urges don’t take over my life this holiday season. Besides, I have a lot of cool things I want to do. However, after watching this video of a loner begging some girl to be his friend in Team Fortress 2, I’m certain I won’t let gaming get in the way of my more important social endeavours.

Some students celebrate the end of the semester with big parties and expensive drink tabs. Forget that. I’ve got a large pizza and plenty of time to sit on the couch. For the next few hours, I’ll be trapped in a dark space mining ship fighting alien zombies. Goodbye, Fall semester 2010.