We’re about halfway through the long summer gaming drought and this is about the time when it really starts to hit that there are really no new games coming out. That’s not always a bad thing though because it gives us time for other things that we wouldn’t normally do when we’ve got shiny new games. Here are some ideas of ways to pass the rest of the time while waiting for new releases.
Catch up on a game backlog
With the recent steam sale slowly (or sometimes quickly) sucking money from our wallets like a vacuum I’m sure most of you have quite a backlog of games to catch up on. With deals like that and cheap bundles I know I have a bunch of games that I still need to play. There are also usually great games that simply slipped through the cracks. Even those of us at Gamerwok have games that we just don’t get to till later, so to help you find some of these great older gems we’ll give you some more of Yoshi’s two cents to help you find great games we may have missed.
Watch some old movies or TV
There are still some great movies coming out but they’re trickling out at a much slower pace than usual. Now’s the time to re-watch old movies you may have forgotten or even to watch some classics you may have missed. Services like Netflix are great for this and have quite a backlog of older movies. You can also use it to watch a TV show you may have missed or simply want to watch again. Be warned though that there are definitely some shows or movies that just don’t quite stand up to the test of time. X-files, however, is still awesome. Here are some suggestions of shows and movies to watch:
Total Recall – Re-watch the original before checking out the remake. Three breasted ladies and Arnold spouting one liners. It’s still awesome.
Lost – Try to find all the things you missed while watching the show the first time and get mad when you reach the ending.
To Kill a Mockingbird – This is a great old movie. This is definitely something worth checking out if you haven’t seen it before. A classic about racism and acceptance in the old south.
Get ready for fantasy football/hockey
It’s almost sports time! What better way to spend your downtime then doing research on athletes to see which ones you should be picking in your next draft. Take that extra time to do the research needed to crush your friends into the ground and win their hard earned money.
Read some books
This is never a bad idea because books typically age well. There are definitely some that just don’t work anymore but when you’re using your own imagination you can picture your own scene which keeps the book relatively timeless (unless it’s obviously placed in a specific time setting). This is also a good time to check out some comics you may not have had time to read. Here are some great ones to check out:
Ender’s Game – The writing is a bit simple since it is a kids’ book but the story is awesome. The Ender’s saga is quite long with a lot of sequels coming after. Worth checking out.
The Walking Dead Comic – This is where it all began with a comic book that created all the characters you love from the TV show. The comic is quite a bit more intense at times but after reading this you’ll get even more excited for the third season of the hit show.