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Seeking Grout Cleaner for the Mind

Right now, I'm looking at the fact that I've been playing City of Heroes for months, and barely anything else, and asking certain questions. Questions like, "Do I have some kind of learning disability?"

After all, if Raph Koster's theory was right and the fun in games comes from learning, and there's nothing left to learn from City of Heroes, then what other explanation would explain why I've been playing this game for months that I had burned out from months ago? I had a goal, get level 50 in City of Heroes, and I met it. It's time to move on. After all, if a rolling stone gathers no moss, then I've one gnarly full-brain yeast infection.

Unfortunately, I'm looking for something new, so I can't just resubscribe to the well-polished wonder that is EverQuest 2. I can't even bring myself to finish the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Shivering Isles expansion, such is how dreadfully overplayed that game is for me now.

No, I'm looking for something that possesses the fun of discovering a new and interesting game. This is a lot easier said than done, as the PC gaming industry is rife with clones. On top of that, I'm asking that it have relatively high production values, so I can't just pick up an indy game. I'm not asking for a game that totally innovates from the ground up, I'm just asking for a sufficiently innovative one.

Currently, I'm looking forward to Bioshock, Tabula Rasa, Hellgate: London, and Spore. That's probably the order in which they will be released, and even the earliest one is months away.

I might just have to resort to the more creatively fertile ground of console games. Odin's Sphere might be interesting. I never did finish Rogue Galaxy. I've got a Nintendo Wii downstairs and a monthly rental pass to the local video store that could introduce me to quite a few games.

Also, maybe I should brush up on my Java and see about making my own games. If I can pull off getting into that habit, then I'll always have an enjoyable new game to play, right?

If all else fails, I haven't canceled my City of Heroes subscription yet. Kheldian are actually pretty interesting. Maybe there's still something to learn there after all... but for now, I need a break.

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