I spend most of the hours of each day making sure the important things in my life, such as my kids, my wife and my work, get the attention they need. It leaves a very finite amount of time for video games, and so I have to plan strategically what to play and where.
For instance I can sneak in a violent PC game in my office, but (especially with the kids pandemic’d at home now) the living room TV is only for games I’m okay with them walking in on. After they’re in bed is fair game, but the first few hours of the evening is dedicated to spending time with my wife, just us with no kids. So there tends to be a small window between that and when I’m too tired to stay up any later, that I can play console games for me.
However, every so often I can manage to merge these things in a way that everyone is happy. My wife enjoys games, both video and tabletop, but I’m not sure I’d call her a “gamer” insofar that she would play them of her own volition. But she’s happy to join in if the right game captures her attention.
Some games just aren’t fun to watch someone else play, so it’s got to be the right kind of game, and I think TLOU may fit the bill. To this day the experience of that game has left an impression on me, but back in 2013 I didn’t know it was going to be such a great game until I was already too far into it to ask her to jump aboard and play through it with me.
So, we’ve started playing through it again, just in the nick of time given the sequel’s impending release. I’m excited to refresh my memories of the journey, and I’m anxious to see if the story of Joel and Ellie lands for her the same way it did for me.