September 7, 2008

Apparently I’m a Gambler Now.

So the Rei who Beats All (listen to him on the latest Retronauts! He’s the guy you don’t know.) slipped me a free code for Fable II Pub Games, since, you know, he was giving them out and I’m like, well, okay, sure I’ll try it.
I’m having so much fun with it.
It makes me question what’s wrong with me.

I mean, okay, I understand that gambling is exciting. I mean, just think of how much money casinos must make in a day. It’s mind-boggling. I get that people like gambling. I never expected me to like gambling so much. I mean, I don’t know… I don’t like Poker or anything like that… Blackjack is interesting for like… 5 minutes… and yet this game, which consists of a slot machine, a press-your-luck card game, and a weird combination of roulette and craps, is completely enthralling me. I keep poking at it, trying to figure out how to play well. I’ve learned enough to have actually gained gold above the initial stake the game gives you.
But I mean, I played a Slot Machine tournament, for fuck’s sake. A game that literally consists of me pressing A 100 times, and then it tells me if I won or not. And it was entertaining. I won a unique Fable 2 item! It was an Apple Pie. I can now eat an Apple Pie, apparently.
I think the game must be hitting a sweet spot with me. I would never spend my actual money gambling.  It’s very easy to talk myself out of it by looking at my money and saying “You can buy a game with that” or whatever. I never play gambling minigames in video games, either, because it makes me worry I’ll have to go grind for more money, and I don’t want to do that. This hits a sweet spot. I don’t have to grind for money. Hell, I don’t have any money to risk, really. At the same time, there is something to gain by playing in a game I will probably end up buying. The rewards are obvious, and the risk non-existent… and I can play.
My favorite game, by far, is Keystone, the Roulette/Craps variant. “But wait!” you say, “Fortune’s Tower involves cards!” I know! It’s weird to me, too. But Keystone is just so much fun. Fuck if I know why. I just place random 1:1 bets every throw and see what happens. But I really enjoy it.

Gah, seriously. I just feels so wrong to be having so much fun with it. I don’t get it. I don’t!

In other news, fuck but my right foot and knee hurt.

So, I didn’t realize how much you’d be enthralled by the game. But I’m glad that you are! We’re totally going to have to play Fable II together when it comes out.

Comment by Andy Keener — September 7, 2008 @ 9:08 pm

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