There’s a commercial that has been running for who knows how long that makes me roll my eyes and giggle every time I watch it. The commercial is for a retractable porch cover, and there’s really nothing remarkable about the spokespeople or the product. The main selling point for the product seems to be that it gets hot outside and you need this wonderful product to keep your porch cool and comfy so you can enjoy your outdoor space. What makes me laugh is this line (which is not a direct quote, just how I remember it):
It gets so hot outside that I cannot use my deck, and must retreat indoors!
And all I can think is:
Oh, the humanity! I have to retreat to my well-constructed and air-conditioned building in order to escape the weather!
This is what is commonly referred to as a First World Problem, and I am joining the meme with my own story of woe, because last week I had no internet.
As @_Ashima so recently pointed out, I keep busy with a number of games. In the last week, I’ve played Lord of the Rings Online, Diablo III, Skyrim, Settlers 7 and Dragon Age. You know how many of those games I can play without an internet connection?
One game out of 5 can be played without a connection. Only one is an MMO. For my husband, it’s even worse. The only game he has that doesn’t require an internet connection is Solitaire. Y’know, the one that comes with Windows. When my internet hit the fritz, I pulled up Dragon Age, a game I haven’t played in a few months, as it was the only game that I could actually play off-line.
I love being able to connect with other players, but I could live without all the fancy built-in chat stuff. I know how to use IM. I’ve found Raptr to be a wonderful way to keep up with other gamers who want to keep their private life separate from their gamer life. I don’t need my saved files uploaded to a Cloud, as I only play on a single system.
You want these features… cheers to you. Do I love the ease of grouping in D3, or the ability to play in raids? You bet. But I wish that my single-player games, the ones I really don’t even think about playing with others had the option to play off-line. I don’t need everything saved to some nifty cloud all the time. If I do want it, I’d be happy to click a little button to get it. And being able to choose when I play anonymously (off-line) and when I don’t might increase the amount of time I spent in some of these supposed single-player games.
Sometimes, we–the privileged, disposable income-burning, lover of tech and gadgets gamers–don’t have internet. I’d just like the option to be able to play my games when that happens. Is that too much to ask?