The longest day for gaming

Today is officially the longest day of the year. Here in London, the sun rose at 04:43 this morning and is due to set at 21:21 tonight. That gives us a total of 16 hours, 38 minutes and 20 seconds of daylight – so what better way to use it than cramming it full of video games?

Unfortunately for most of us, we’ll be stuck at work and so there’s very little chance of that happening. Bosses seem to frown upon you skipping out of meetings to find a quiet room to play your Switch, for some reason. But what if you’d been prepared and had arranged to take the day off: which games would you be spending it with? Here’s a breakdown of my own longest day.

04:43 to 05:00:

Just enough minutes to make a cup of tea and gobble down some toast. If you’re going to do an extended gaming session, it’s a good idea to get some breakfast before you start.

05:00 to 07:00:

Time to warm up with The Elder Scrolls Online. After recently purchasing the PC version so my other-half and I could play with Tim and Jake from GeekOut South-West, we’ve become hooked all over again and reached just under 50 hours in our first week alone. This time I’ve gone for something completely different and am aiming for a tank build; in the past my characters have tended to focus on magic and healing. It’s a change I’m liking though, because I love being able to run into battle and feel like I’m immovable.

07:00 to 10:00:

At the time of writing I’m partway through Lamplight City and think I’ve only got a few hours left, so what better time to finish it. I tried the preview build back in August but it’s taken me a while to get around to playing the full version. If you like detective stories it’s definitely worth a go: certain gameplay elements are like L.A. Noire and going down the wrong line of questioning can close parts of your investigation or cause you to accuse the wrong person. It’s pretty ambitious for a point-and-click.

10:00 to 13:00:

Draugen has been on my radar since March 2014, when Red Thread Games shared the world premiere of its trailer during a developer session at EGX Rezzed. I adore the Dreamfall series (even though I haven’t yet been able to bring myself to finish Dreamfall Chapters) so the thought of playing another narrative-driven release from the team makes me excited. While investigating the disappearance of the protagonist’s sister in a remote village called Graavik, I’d made a quick sandwich to keep me going.

13:00 to 15:00:

Now for something completely different. Steam’s recommendations can sometimes be a little hit-and-miss but occasionally it does throw out something interesting. El Tango de la Muerte is a quirky little rhythm game where you have to learn the tango to win the heart of your loved-one. Inspired by the best Latin American soap operas and with a touch of melodramatic humour, I can see myself spending a couple of hours on the dancefloor and throwing a few shapes (digitally-speaking).

15:00 to 21:00:

Next up would be Observation. Stories Untold turned out to be one of my favourite games of 2017 so I’m looking forward to playing No Code’s latest release. The idea of uncovering what happened to Dr Emma Fisher and her crew through the lens of the space station’s artificial intelligence (AI) sounds intriguing – and there are bound to be a few surprises if the developer’s previous title is anything to go by. During these six hours of investigation, I’d also take delivery of a Chinese takeaway for dinner too.

21:00 to 21:21:

Maybe there’d be time to fit in a quick quest in The Elder Scrolls Online before the end of the day? I know what would happen though: my other-half, Tim and Jake would already be online and we’d end up playing for several hours.

So there you have it: the video games I’d spend the longest day of the year with. Now how would you spend your own?

17 thoughts on “The longest day for gaming

  1. Some efficient planning! Unfortunately for me bar a few short bursts of Star Trek on my mobile no such fun day today with work and a long drive ahead. How does ESO stack up compared to Skyrim? When it launched presumed it would be a short lived WoW clone but seems to be determinedly carrying on


    • You’ll like ESO if you liked Skyrim… because it’s essentially more Skyrim! ha ha

      The good thing about it is that it can cater to whatever it is you’re looking for. I’ve been dipping in and out of the game since its release and regularly fall back into bouts of ‘addiction’. I first played ESO on my own and loved it because I missed Skyrim; then I started playing again with my other-half and really enjoyed questing together; and now we’ve started to play again with a group and I’m finding doing the dungeons with them a whole lot of fun. It’s definitely worth a try. πŸ™‚

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  2. Interesting question. If I get a whole day to spend as I see fit, I often tend to devote it to a single game in most cases, but as it happens right now while I’m “between features”, I have a few things on the go. So here’s a few thoughts on what I’d much rather be doing than sitting in the stuffy office I’m in right now!

    Obviously the idea of me getting up at 4:43am is hilariously implausible (on a day off you’re lucky to get me up before 10am, usually closer to noon), but let’s work on the assumption that I am somehow capable of that for this little exercise πŸ™‚ While we’re dreaming, let’s also assume/dream that no food makes you fat ever. (Siiiigh.)

    04:43 to 05:00 — Breakfast (bacon butty with HP sauce, large coffee) and an episode of Game Grumps.

    05:00 to 07:00 — At this time in the morning, you need something that’s going to wake you the hell up, and I can think of nothing better from my “currently playing” list than Lapis x Labyrinth, the most ridiculous, colourful, cheerful and delightful game in recent memory. I haven’t written about this yet because I’m saving it for until I’ve finished it, but suffice to say it’s a very good time indeed.

    07:00 to 09:00 — Now I’m awake, I can devote myself to something a bit more challenging. Time to throw myself against Castlevania III and see if I can get anywhere. More specifically, now they patched in the Japanese version to the Castlevania Anniversary Collection, I’d play the Japanese version because the music is better.

    09:00 to 12:00 — To take me up until lunch and calm me down after the inevitable frustrations of Castlevania III, I’d take some time to delve into the visual novel The Expression: Amrilato, which combines a charming, romantic yuri story with educational content based on the Esperanto language.

    12:00 to 12:30 — Lunch (beans and cheese on toast, large coffee) and a couple of episodes of Game Grumps.

    12:30 to 13:00 — Maybe a quick quest or two on Lapis x Labyrinth.

    13:00 to 14:00 — All right, maybe a few more.

    14:00 to 16:00 — I have a Final Fantasy marathon planned for my YouTube channel, so these seems like a good opportunity to start recording some episodes, beginning with the PSP port of the first game. Emulated in this case, since there’s unfortunately no reliable means of video capturing the PSP version — it doesn’t work on PlayStation TV, sadly.

    16:00 to 19:00 — Having got myself in the mood for some Final Fantasy, I’d then switch over to Final Fantasy XI, which I’ve already started recording well in advance of when I “need” to simply because I know how massive it is.

    19:00 to 19:30 — Break for dinner (Chinese takeaway) and maybe a few more episodes of Game Grumps.

    19:30 to 20:00 — Oh go on, just a quick go on Lapis x Labyrinth.

    21:00 to ??:?? — I started Zelda: Breath of the Wild again recently with a mind to writing a series of articles on it, so this seems like a nice way to close out the day. It’s such a pleasantly relaxing sort of game (outside of the parts where you’re fighting for your life, obviously) that I can happily lose myself in it for hours. Probably until well after the sun has gone down.

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    • “(on a day off you’re lucky to get me up before 10 am, usually closer to noon)” I can relate this too much hahaha XD
      By the way, a Final Fantasy marathon on your Youtube Channel, how didn’t I know this sooner? I need to check that one out!

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        • “Let’s also assume that no food makes you fat ever.” I’m so down with this.

          Let me know once you know the date for the start of your stream, and I’ll add it into my events page. πŸ˜€


  3. Lamplight City and Draugen seem really interesting! Probably will try them out!
    But, damn, El Tango De La Muerte seems so freaking funny! I mean, dancing the tango while stabbing your enemy? hahahaha
    If I had a day like that, I would probably just take my time to finally finish Dragon Quest XI though xD


    • I’ve now finished Lamplight City and if you like detective stories, it’s worth a play! Haven’t yet made it around to Draugen or El Tango yet though. πŸ˜‰


  4. I could use this time to grind out the Platinum trophy for Sekiro… I’m like 75% committed to it as I’m normally not a trophy chaser, but since I’m still trying to get all the endings, I feel like I might as well go for it. Hopefully I can spend some of these 16 hours gaming tonight. Hope everyone else is able to put some hours in to their favourites πŸ™‚

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  5. Recently started playing Total War: Warhammer 2 and every one of my play sessions for the game sees me sitting down and playing for several hours before I realize how long I’ve been playing. That game is a time vampire. I could easily get wrapped up in playing it for the whole day without noticing the flow of time.

    Plus I lack the planning skills to come up with as regimented a schedule as the one outlined here. πŸ˜›


    • Oh I know what would happen, even though I’d set out a schedule. I’d start playing ESO first… and then still be playing it at the end of the day. That game is like comfort food!

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  6. How can people play so many games parallel? O.o

    My highscore was 2 (in words: two!) games at the same time, and that was only because I needed some counterpart to “Baba is You” πŸ™‚

    Otherwise, once I start a video game, it will have my undivided attention until I have done every quest, found every collectable and have mastered every minigame!

    In 16 hours I could probably fit a Monkey Island marathon (+the Telltale series), which would take around 13 hours (I may or may not speak out of experience). The rest of the time would be for cooking, eating and “other stuff”.


    • I’ve put together a schedule here but in real life I’m totally the same! I generally stick to one game at a time because if I start switching between several, there’s one that won’t end up getting finished. The only game I tend to play alongside anything else is ESO because it’s very easy to jump into when you only have half-an-hour to spare.

      How did you find Baba is You? I do like the concept but it’s not one I’ve picked up yet…

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      • Yeah, I could play online games parallel to other stuff as well, but then again, I do not play any multiplayer games at the moment πŸ™‚

        Well, I could point you in the direction of my review (shameless self-plug over), but I can tell you, it’s a great game, but super hard! There’s very rarely a straight-forward approach and many levels let you feel like you have outsmarted the game, even if it was the intended solution the whole time.
        But since there is absolutely no story and not a lot is happening (except for you thinking really hard), it’s probably best to play something easy on the brain alongside it (in my case Sniper Elite 4 πŸ™‚ )

        Plus, it’s about € 10,- and it’ll take you probably around 27 hours to finish, so you’ll get a lot out of your money.


        • Hmm ok… I do like a puzzle game but it can be difficult to stay focused if there’s no storyline for me to get caught up in. I’ll be sure to check out your review for the full opinion and we’ll see what happens during the Steam summer sale. πŸ˜‰


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