Recently Microsoft released the Windows 8 public preview, so I downloaded it after reading that it was really geared for tablet or touchcreen devices. Sure enough, the same 10-inch netbook that was not getting a lot of use around here suddenly became faster and much more friendly to the eyes.
It's perfect timing, as well, especially since I will be starting my "chores" experiment in which I see whether scheduling my gameplay each day will help me with an issue I have been having.
The Duo comes in handy now because I can see the screen much better. The device just feels as though it's running more smoothly. It might sound silly, but I often fantasize about carrying my entire life and job around with me on one device, preferably a small notebook. Most of my gaming is now done through a browser or phone, and if my predictions prove correct, more and more gaming will be done through the browser.
So, I made a list of games in which I would be happy performing daily "chores." Now, now, I know what most readers will probably think at this point: "If you are just doing chores, that's not playing a game." I would like to answer this in a few different ways.
Second, many of my favorite games allow or encourage chores. I love a good MMORTS, and one of the keys to success in an MMORTS is persistence and the ability to check in on your city or villagers as much or as little as possible. I also enjoy games that feature a very "blocky" quest or leveling structure, one that features chapters or stopping points that can help players put a pause on their game if they need to. MilMo, for example, seems like just another kid's game, but the fact is that it features a great mission and story system but divides its areas into islands of adventures. Each island can be taken on its own, and then players can move on to the next one. These natural pauses are perfect for a chores list.
One of the best things I noticed about this new Windows 8 preview is the new and improved Internet Explorer. Well, at least I think it is improved being that I have avoided IE like a wet dog, but when I compare it to all the other browsers on my system, it simply flies. This means that I can do a lot of these chores away from the same, boring office I normally work in and can zoom in to those smaller-than-small areas of text in certain titles. I can also read much more easily through the browser, or I can use Safari's brilliant reader feature to catch up on articles or blog posts.
So what's on the chore list, and how long does it take to run through it?
- One mission in RuneScape
- One level in MilMo
- One mission in RiotZone
- Three battles in MiniTroopers
- Gathering goods in Glitch
- Tending crops in Miramagia
- Building in Golden Age
- Tend to the kingdom in Castle Empire
- Check skill training in Battlestar Galactica Online
- Check in on Illyriad
- Do one mission in Gunshine
- Do a mission in Star Legends
- Do a mission in Pocket Legends
- Make sure to avoid death in Die2Nite
Windows 8 has made quite the difference in how my little Duo responds and plays games. There are still many issues, but overall my search for an all-in-one mobile lifestyle is going well.
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