Sunday, June 16, 2024

7 Things I’m Doing Instead of Playing Baldur’s Gate 3

Have you ever felt despair so great that you decided to bake 3 loaves of banana bread for no real reason? That’s me right now. Not only are we all living in an uncertain world right now, but Baldur’s Gate 3 is still a month away from early access and hell, that’s only if everything goes okay and the game can launch in August.

I have a backlog that is at least several miles long, but in all honesty, gaming doesn’t appeal to me as much as it used to. The whole world kinda sucks right now, and caring about video games has become harder and harder. Then there’s the whole thing about writing about them.

All video games but Baldur’s Gate 3. I can’t stop thinking about Larian Studio’s take on the beloved RPG series, and in all honesty, it’s left me feeling more stir crazy than I first thought possible. I haven’t wanted a game this badly since Tales of Vesperia’s Switch release.

So, with nothing else to do but wait… Ugh. Here are the 10 things I’m doing instead of playing Baldur’s Gate 3.

1) Attempting to Play Baldur’s Gate

There’s no nice way to put this, but I’m going to give it a try either way. Baldur’s Gate has not aged well, at all. Granted, I’m still not even 5 hours into it, and once I finally get used to these bloody weird controls then I’m sure it’ll be fine. But lord, if someone told me that Larian Studios was going back to the original Baldur’s Gate controls and gameplay then I would sob my eyes out.

2) Watching Baldur’s Gate 3 Trailers

Did you know that it’s a totally normal thing for you to just sit on your laptop, watching Baldur’s Gate 3 presentations and trailers for hours at a time? If there was a most-watched video feature for YouTube – don’t tell me if there is, I don’t want to know – then I’m pretty sure the teaser trailer would be at the very top of the list.

Thankfully, there is new content out almost each and every week, so I’m not completely fidgeting all over the place in search for new content. In fact, if you’re looking for new Baldur’s Gate 3 stuff to watch, check out Rock Paper Shotgun’s interview with the game’s lead designer, Nick Pechenin.

3) Trying To Bake

Since the COVID-19 pandemic – which is still ongoing by the way, it didn’t leave just because governments decided to open up everything – I feel like everyone and their mother have attempted to get into baking. I am one of those people, and let me tell you that it is going terrible. My banana bread has turned into a thin square many a time, and I’m still unsure how I managed to screw up making cookies, but my teeth are still sore from my attempts.

Not to toot my own horn but I still think it’s a valiant effort in order not to think about a little game called Baldur’s Gate 3. I don’t know, have you heard of it?

4) Playing Dragon Age 2

I will not be accepting questions or criticism about my choices at this time. It is a very good game, and I think you should all play it. What do you have to lose? Go play Dragon Age 2.

5) Creating Memes about Baldur’s Gate 3

Sometimes the best thing to do in the dead of night is embrace the fact that you’ve got nothing else about Baldur’s Gate to watch. Instead, open up Photoshop or GIMP and get to work.

This piece for example? Perfect. Just like Lae’zel.

6) So Many Dungeons and Dragons, So Little Time

Dungeons and Dragons was the very first tabletop game I was introduced to, and it’s still one I play most weekends. Ever since the prequel of Baldur’s Gate 3, Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus was released, my group of friends have been slowly making our way through it.

To be quite honest, we’re definitely not going to finish in time, but that’s okay. Every session is just one session away from Baldur’s Gate 3’s early access release, so, I’ll take it!

7) Staring up at the ceiling

Did you know that when you stare up a ceiling, you can try counting all the little cracks there? Sometimes they’ll connect together, and other times they are just like, vibing there. Not even connecting.

God, I just want to play Baldur’s Gate 3.

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