I’ve been completely blind sighted! I don’t know how it happened. I don’t know why. It doesn’t make any sense to me or my husband. I don’t know when it started sucking me in or how exactly it happened, but The Division has me intoxicated.
This is not a game marketed towards women by any stretch of the means. There’s no makeup, the hair styles are meh, the clothing and accessories are unisex and “violet” is the only “girly” color you will find on any of the cosmetic items (clothing & accessories- for any non-nerds reading this). The graphics are realistic and the game is based in New York, but I mean- the point of the game is to uncover the source of a virus that has plagued the entire world…so…it’s not beautiful. Basically, it doesn’t have much of anything I discussed in my post about why I, a woman, love gaming.
How did this madness even begin? …I really only started playing because my husband was so excited about it. He played the Beta, records TWO podcasts that discuss the game, tried to take the day off work when it was released (true nerd status obsession). So naturally, I wanted to try it out.After getting crushed during the Beta and only being able to level up one time, I really did not think I would enjoy playing. Neither did he. And I didn’t. From level 1-5 I was just sticking it out; I wanted to give the game a fair chance (extra fair chance) before I had to tell my husband that I thought the game of his dreams was lame. So I kept playing. Then all of a sudden, around the sixth level, something changed. I found myself shuffling my routine around so I could work gaming into my free time…consistently (gosh, I’ve become such a nerd).
Before I got sucked in, I was making some serious progress building up my shelters in Fallout 4 (non-nerds: a post-apocalyptic, “open world” game that also has an awesome creative element built into it- build, customize, & design settlements while maintaining settler happiness). And before Fallout, Elder Scrolls Online, my first “love,” had me captivated. That’s the game that really opened my eyes to the fun, creative universe of open world gaming(non-nerds: free roam and exploration). The Division is really NOTHING like these first two crushes.
The crafting is limited- there is no cooking fire where I can make stews or drinks, no alchemy, no custom shelters or decor… So how have I become so allured? Why do I miss this game when I don’t play (…daily…)? The honest answer is that I still don’t fully know. Some are driven by the loot, others by the cosmetics, but I’m starting to think that it’s the amount of tactical ability that the game requires that is drawing me in. It’s almost like a puzzle. I don’t get it, but I seriously feel like I’ve gotten some cat-like reflexes in REAL LIFE because I’ve been playing this game. Is that possible? (I’m being 100% serious). It also makes me feel very heroic, that’s always nice. I’m not sure yet how it has swooped me away, but I’m enjoying our relationship for now. Why has The Division allured you or pushed you away? I’d love to hear your thoughts; maybe it will help me figure out my own!
As Always, Thanks for Reading!
Gamer’s Wifey (Steph)