Greetings fellows, I’m here to share with you a story. This story shapes the very way I view and use the social aspects of video games. This is but a single portion of the story, if you wish to view the rest, you may do so here. To make a long story short, this post is one of a series that details the way I was able to maintain a healthy social life after being removed from public school. This post is the fourth in the story, and some parts of it may not make sense if you haven’t read the first three. Overall though, it should be able to stand alone. Probably.
For a good portion of Evolve first stage, it was a game I played alone. Which sucked cause I was not only a hunter, I was a medic. My brother, who also played during this time, was a support. Unfortunately we couldn’t play together due to only owning one PS4. Later in the game’s life span (approximately when Evolve complete edition came out), my family purchased a PS4 pro and a second copy of Evolve. Now me and my brother could play together. When we began playing together is about the same time we started joining with other hunters, such that we could have a full team in the voice chat. Boy, we played Evolve constantly when that happened. Since none of my friends that had a PS4 were interested in the game, I stopped playing other games with them because I was playing so much Evolve. And since we stopped playing games together, we more or less stopped talking at all. But it got to the point that I played so much I got burnt out and frustrated with the game’s flaws.
When they announced Stage 2 I simply decided to stop playing and start again when it went F2P on PC. So after about 6 months of extremely limited contact with all my friends, I returned to my old social group. By the time Stage 2 rolls around, I had convinced some of them to try it out with me. Much like my experience with TF2, only my best friend stayed and consistently played Stage 2 with me.
There’s really not much to say after that. We got a few months of solid play time in, but my friends interest in the game was not near that of me and my brother. We got burnt out again a few weeks after Glacial Behemoth came out, and then we played off and on until the servers shut down.
As much as I want to talk about how this game is my favorite, and how nothing has been able to fill that Goliath footprint shaped hole in my heart since, that is a story for another day.
Again, this is but a portion of a larger work. If you want to see that you can do so here. The role of Evolve in this story is to show a period of intense passion and gradual decline. Also it shows just how integral playing games was to staying in contact with my friends.