Long Distance Gaming

Posted: May 25, 2011 by Cynthia 心雅 in Uncategorized

Most everyone has dealt with some form of long distance relationship at some point in their life. William and I are currently going through such. He’s in Albany with his family, while I am in St. Louis with mine. Something that helps pass the time in these sort of situation, and makes you feel like the distance isn’t quite as far, is gaming together. Here are my favorite games to play with William when he’s so far away, and explanations as to why they make such good “wish you were here” games.

Portal 2
Honestly, Portal 2 seems almost better when you can’t just turn to the person and point on their screen, “Open a portal there.” You get the opportunity to use the character interactions much more, and it makes the game just a bit more enjoyable. The little robots have all kinds of different gestures they can use to interact, as well as to indicate what they feel is a good solution to the current puzzle. Solving puzzles together is always a good chemistry building activity for couples and Portal provides that in a very awesome setting.

World of Warcraft
Ok, so I have to admit, we haven’t been playing recently. Despite that, we have played while away from each other in the past and I still feel like it is a fun way to spend time apart together. WoW is a world full of an endless list of things to do together. One of my favorite things to do together, while away from each other, is explore and low-level questing. It’s relatively stress free, easy, and also helps add to the lore of the game. Neither of us has to feel like the other is dragging us along, plus it doesn’t require us to specifically work together, but rather (most often) has us working separately side-by-side toward a common goal.

Draw My Thing
omgpop‘s most popular game, Draw My Thing, is addictive to say the least. It’s essentially pictionary online, but drawing with a mouse or track pad can make the best of artists look like children. It’s hysterical at times, trying to decipher what the other person is drawing, and best of all, it’s free to play, and you can play it right in your browser. No downloading.

Next time I’ll be writing about the Kinect, and how it’s awesome (and cheaper than a gym membership). Comics will return eventually. I currently do not have my tablet hooked up. I’m lazy, you hate me, I get it.


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