When the gang is all going on about the latest blast-aliens-to-green-goo, sometimes I don't pay as much attention as I might. I'm thinking about dropping shapes and making them disappear. Or that little librarian who needs my extensive vocabulary and word search mojo to keep the library from burning down. I know it sounds silly, but casual gaming can feel like a secret addiction. Especially when you get out on the mainstream gaming sites and message boards.
Don't get me wrong. I love a good AAA title with the best of them. I love to dig right in and get my hands dirty. But there are some days when all I'm up for is a quick something to do while cooking dinner and I don't want to haul something out I have to really think about. And that's where these games have snuck into my life.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is my current go-to. I played Pokemon a lot for a while there, but I live out in a Poke-desert and since I work from home I don't get out there as much as it takes to really keep up. It got frustrating. Pocket Camp is a little simple for my usual tastes, but it doesn't care where you are in real life so it works in better. It's so calming, it's perfect for playing as I'm trying to fall asleep.
I don't feel so embarrassed as I used to. The world has shifted enough that almost everyone around me has something going on their phone like that. And I don't hang around with the crowd that would look down on it anymore.
So tonight I'm probably going to hit level 58, and hopefully get to start building the giant robot statue that Static requests. ;)