After a long day of classes, Chelsey and I used to sit on our couch and play video games together. Sometimes we’d order a pizza and play Sims 3. Sometimes Chelsey would play Dragon Age and I would play Age of Empires 3.
The problem was, Age of Empires had a habit of crashing and always at the worst possible moments. My screen would turn black, my desktop would flicker into view and that annoying mac thump sound would signal the little window informing me that the game had crashed, but we can start it up again. Do you want to play Age of Empires? Sometimes my computer would start Age of Empires when I was doing completely unrelated things.
My laptop’s love/hate relationship for the game became a running joke.
During this past winter, Chelsey and I spent an uncountable amount of time playing Age of Empires 2 online with a few of our friends. These games would go on for outrageous amounts of time and would turn good friends into bloodthirsty enemies easily. Instead of working on videos we were too busy screaming through headsets at one another and tunneling through forests to destroy our friend Daniel.
Do You Want to Play was a pet project that we worked on over a few weeks as we tried to kick start our reviewing schedule. It doesn’t matter if we’re supposed to be reviewing, or even if we’re playing other games… we’ll always come back to Age of Empires 2. We just can’t kick the habit.