Tuesday, May 12, 2009

On a Particularly Addicting Game

Okay, it's been a while since I've updated this blog and I have a number of reasons for that. I've been working on getting out of my parents house, have been looking for a job, I just started DMing a summer D&D campaign (more on that later), and most of all I found PopCap Games' Plants vs. Zombies on Steam for $9.99.

Oddly enough, PopCap's official site has Plants vs. Zombies listed at $19.95. I could understand the price difference if Steam was a subscription based service, but it's a free download. I guess it pays to shop around whether you're shopping online or in person.

This damn game has decided to steal away more of my time then I thought I had. Last night at about 2AM I stared into my laptop screen with a kind of hypnosis that had previously been experienced only with EverQuest and World of Warcraft. As the small hand-rendered peas flicked across the screen into the pasty faces of my undead assailants I realized I had a problem.

While protecting one's brain from the undead is a noble pursuit in its own right, time would be better spent scoping out my new apartment for potential escape routes and choke points should I be living there when the zombie apocalypse goes down. Or at the very least, play more Left 4 Dead which is far and away a better zombie simulator as sunflowers and pea pods are probably an unsatisfactory defense.

At least that would be potentially productive. In a paranoid, dorky kind of way.

So I guess the point of all this is to recommend Plants vs. Zombies as an entertaining way to spend an evening as long as you already have your World War Z plan prepared; just make sure to get it on Steam rather than from PopCap.com.