Every Sunday, I make it a point to go to my brother’s house and spend the whole day there. No work, nothing stressful. It’s just me hanging out with my brother and my sister-in-law and their kids. It’s been very helpful to my sanity to have that one day where I don’t have to do any sort of thinking and I can just be and bask in the warmth and love of family.
My sister-in-law is very busy and her work can be emotionally draining so when she’s home on a Sunday (which is infrequent), I like to give her space. We talk during dinner and after dinner when we smoke with my brother and that’s when we play catch up.
My brother and I have been living very routine lives so our stories tend to end very quickly. Sometimes, after the first hour or so. We talk about movies and television shows a lot. Sometimes, about politics. But otherwise, we kind of run out of things to say.
So the past few months, after we get all our catching up done and over with, I usually just sit down near the television screen and watch my brother or my niece play video games. After dinner, we’ll maybe watch a movie or we just continue playing until we’re exhausted.
It first began when I came home to watch my brother playing Uncharted 5. I was hooked immediately. Then my niece showed me Uncharted 4 (that’s when I fell in love with Nathan Drake). And then it was The Last of Us. Just recently, I watched my brother conquer Event Zero Dawn.
Now, I’m helping out my niece figure out and enjoy the world of Assassin’s Creed: Origins.
What a game!
Actually, all the games were so much fun. I especially loved the Uncharted games they showed me. But I preferred to watch and enjoy on the sidelines. I like helping them solve the puzzles and shout out strategies from the bench.
But Assassin’s Creed: Origins makes me feel so bad that I’m not good with video games. I panic and freeze and I can’t remember all the buttons but I watch my niece play the game and I feel like I wish I could play it too.
The game is so majestic and epic and intriguing and challenging. The narrative is so dense and the world is so rich and splendid.
I really wish I had the reflexes and the hand-eye coordination to play the game because it’s so fucking amazing.
Maybe one of these days, I’ll ask my brother if I can give it a shot. Try out the controls and see if I can handle it. Maybe when my niece is done with the game and my brother has played it as well.
There are three save slots anyway. I’d love to give it a shot. The world is so rich and beautiful. I love Egyptian culture. I’m much into its history but I’ve been a big fan of their mythology and architecture and design for a long while now.
It’s so beautiful. I wish I could play it.