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The Unbearable Lightness of Dying

“You died, Daddy! You died!” Video game night with my boys brings out their best and their worst, as they bounce around the room, shrieking with excitement. They are so excited to see the shapes move upon the screen, to have the images be acted on by human force, even if it’s just their parents sitting on the couch. They can call out commands and instructions, “Jump over there! Watch out for the floating mask!” And the figures on the screen will respond and sometimes even succeed.

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My New Go-to Game

I tried using a different set of gear in The Division, and it was a lot of fun. I equipped four pieces of the Defense set, and two AlphaBridge. The idea was that the AlphaBridge would help me recover health, but I’m not sure that they are needed. I might poke around, and swap out a different set, like maybe Lone Star, and double my ammo, because that’s the point where I felt weaker.

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Cities

Cities is essentially a SimCity clone. It’s not even subtle about it. You build a city by placing roads, zoning Residential, Commercial, or Industrial, supply power, water, santitation, health, education, fire and police services. And build parks. And maybe SimCity is close enough to reality that you could say that you just based your game on how things really go instead of on SimCity, but it’s really hard not to feel like Cities blatantly ripping off SimCity.

But SimCity is one of my favorite games of all time, and as I’ve noted before, a game that’s suited to my neurochemistry. Any game where you can stop time and do stuff, or think about things, that’s a win right there. So I’ve happily sunk hours into Cities already, even though I’ve only had the game for a couple of days.

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The Division Recap

I signed in tonight after things had reset. Ran the two daily hard missions, Napalm Production and Subway Morgue. Completed the daily crafting and combat assignments, and then went into the Dark Zone to complete the daily there. After messing around in the Dark Zone, I took a long walk back to the BoO. By the time I got back, it was time to sign off.

Just to make the game more interesting, I’m trying to use Fast Travel less, and also I’m trying to learn my way around without using the map. I started doing the same in Destiny, where instead of Fast Traveling, I’d purposely jet around on the Sparrow. You get in more fights, earn more XP, get more loot.