Did I mention 2022 was kind of a crappy year around our house? Nothing tragic happened. Nobody died and the house didn’t burn down or anything. Instead it was just a wearing down of the spirit as one dumb thing after another happened. It was a year of reacting to problems.
2022 is what we get
This resulted in me spending about 33% less time in 2022 playing video games, at least as tracked by ManicTime, the app I use to spy on my computer time.
ManicTime – For your app time tracking needs
And things started with me being laid off at the end of 2021, which probably boosted my time played in January, because you can only spend so much time on the job search before you are crippled with anxiety because the job you got a decade ago with a Business degree now lists a Master Degree in Computer Science as the preferred education. This is how HR aids and abets the bottom line, by inflating required qualifications so the company can complain that there are not enough qualified candidates so they need more H1B visas please.
But I digress. Job searching is a part time thing, but once you have a new job then the work of figuring things out is just beginning. So the new job starts in April, then my mom falls and has to come and live with us over the summer and I spend a lot of my free time trying to figure out her finances (still not there yet) and getting her into assisted living, so October is about when I come up for air from that… and then the holidays hit but I don’t have enough vacation banked up to lounge about, otherwise November and December would have been the high points of the year, as they have been in past years. The last two weeks of December are traditionally a very big gaming time for me.
Time spent playing games in 2022
So quite a year.
And what did I play? ManicTime tracked 21 titles played on my PC, broken out as follows:
- WoW Classic – 29.02%
- Valheim – 18.70%
- EVE Online – 16.62%
- Lost Ark – 9.44%
- EverQuest II – 7.04%
- Minecraft – 4.39%
- Stellaris – 3.42%
- Pokemon Shining Pearl – 3.03%
- New World – 2.49%
- Combat Mission: Red Thunder – 1.50%
- Solasta – 1.23%
- RimWorld – 1.22%
- FreeCiv – 0.35%
- Raft – 0.33%
- LEGO Star Wars – 0.25%
- Diablo Immortal – 0.24%
- World of Warcraft – 0.22%
- V Rising – 0.20%
- EverQuest – 0.17%
- LOTRO – 0.09%
- World of Tanks – 0.05%
For those more visually oriented, I have a pie chart, which breaks out the top ten, with a slice to cover everything else.
Games played in 2022 pie chart
96% of my tracked gaming time consisted of those ten games, so it seems pretty safe to focus on them.
Now, for purposes of tracking, when I played things is almost as important as how much I played… at least to me, and all the more so given that first chart. So I am finally down to the usual chart that breaks out the top ten titles by when I played them in 2022.
2022 in gaming for me
EVE Online is the usual all year title. It may only be in third place on the percentages, but it is a title I did go in and play every month. I am on a kill mail and have at least one fleet participation credit for each month.
WoW Classic in 2022 really translates into Wrath of the Lich King Classic, along with the pre-patch to get ready for it. We tired of Outland well before we got very far, but once Wrath was looming we were back in business. We hopped into Outland to get our characters and a few alts to level 68 to be ready for Northrend. It is the most played title for me, though it covers a bit less than half of the year.
Then there was Valheim, which we went back to try again with a fresh world in order to see what had changed since we last played. That was a pretty focused play time, but Valheim is very good at that. With the release of the Mistlands biome I got our world back online, but we’re still pretty tied up with Wrath, so it might be a while before we seek a foothold there.
Lost Ark was where we landed after New World. That went okay for a bit. It was fun, but kind of silly and not really our thing.
EverQuest II was me playing the Visions of Vertovia expansion, which wore out once I got to the end game stuff and needed to get on the gear and skill upgrade grind to be able to managed any further content.
Minecraft was an attempt to fill the void after we reached the end of the plains biome. But after all the work we did in that world my daughter and I started back in the day, I feel like I might have worn out Minecraft. It always feels like I am redoing things I’ve already done.
Stellaris and Forza Horizon 4, both titles I want to go back and play, were there because I had lots of time over the holidays and into January, and then reality began to sink in a little more firmly.
Pokemon Shining Pearl, the remake that my daughter and I had been waiting for, saw quite a bit of play around the Holidays… and is the one item on the list that ManicTime doesn’t track. But the Switch gives you some play time numbers and Pokemon games themselves always have a timer for how long you’ve played. That was good fun, until I beat the main game, after which I fell off the title. I wasn’t going to catch ’em all.
New World was the end of our stint there. They’ve since merged servers and removed our company and what not to the extent that I am not sure we’ll ever return. It is go back to that mess or go back to queues on a fresh start server… until those servers die and get merged again.
Finally there is Combat Mission: Red Thunder, which was an attempt to relive a bit of my gaming from 20 years ago. It isn’t Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin, but it was okay.
So that was what I played. I am not going to go as deep into charts as Belghast, but I have a summary of sorts. Maybe at some point I’ll try and wrap up a five year view.
And what does the new year look like? What do I think I will play in 2023?
- WoW Classic
- EVE Online
- LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Those all seem safe since I am literally playing them already. LEGO Star Wars… we’ll see how far I get with that one.
- Pokemon Scarlet
- Dwarf Fortress
Those feel like things I might get into. My daughter got me Pokemon for Xmas, RimWorld has the Biotech expansion to explore, and Dwarf Fortress is finally available in a comprehensible form on Steam. I should try it.
I think I will be in for that, if it ships this year.
Things I will want to play, but probably won’t:
- Forza Horizon 4/5
- Lord of the Rings Online
- Project: Gorgon
- Most of my Steam library
It just seems to work out that way. I have a limited amount of time and a hierarchy or titles I am in the mood to play.
- WoW Dragonflight
- New World
- EverQuest II
Not saying they are bad games, but my own mood isn’t there for them. I’m sour on New World and, in something of an odd twist, the previous expansions have put me off of both retail WoW and EQII for now. And I think I covered Minecraft above.
But, in the end, my ability to predict what I will end up playing is somewhat limited. I have a whole history of these post and my looking forward statements about what I might play have often not aligned with the reality at the end of the year… to the point that I stopped writing a separate forecasting post.
Anyway, that is another wrap up post for 2022. We shall see what 2023 really brings.