August 16, 2013

Cutting the Cord, the Joys of Gaming Offline



The past couple of days have been interesting. I have, due to weather and other circumstances, had a ISP outage since Tuesday. It was finally restored late today, but it also gave me glimpse into a world I have forgotten, offline gaming. Ever since wireless connectivity was available for the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii; my consoles have always been online and have never been off. I have tried in the past two weeks to dive into my backlog before the avalanche of new titles and consoles hit in just a few short months. Since not having an internet connection this past week I was able to dive deep into my backlog and clear some games I started, yet never finished. Over the last two weeks I have been able to complete the following:


Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)

Super Mario Galaxy (90 out of 120 stars when completed) (Wii)

Shadow of the Colossus HD (PS3)

God of War 2 HD (from the Saga collection) (PS3)

God of War 3 (second play through) (PS3)

Heavenly Sword (PS3)

Bayonetta (360)

Red Faction Guerrilla (360)

The Bourne Conspiracy (360)

Wipeout 2048 (Vita)

Over all that is not a shabby list to run through and four of those have been in the past couple of days. Now if my internet connection had been available I don’t think I would have been able to get through that. I have a habit of turning on my 360, waiting for my friends to get online and we typically play Battlefield 3, Gears of War 3, Halo 4, or some form of multiplayer title. Being disconnected from that realm that has taking gaming to a higher place, felt good, almost like a getting back to basics feel. I may do this on a regular basis, cut my connection to the online world and give my backlog some love it desperately needs. As much as I enjoy gaming with friends and the banter that goes along with the social aspect, I really enjoyed the time with just myself and the game. I also sadly noticed my 360 ran worlds better being offline than online, there was a major boost in performance as far as selecting storage devices and viewing achievements. I am not sure if that is due to the limited RAM and complex dashboard, or the streaming of ads in the ad space, but whatever it was I wish I had the performance back. I will be gaming online with my friends tonight as the significant other leaves for a friend’s house and normally Friday and Saturday nights are typical Battlefield nights, though during the day tomorrow and Sunday could bring more hours to my ever growing backlog. If you are like me and feel trapped by the online world of gaming, at times, unplug the box and rekindle the feeling of just you and the game. Maybe I’ll fire up my Jak and Daxter collection this weekend.


  1. GTA V koder - August 20, 2013 9:26 am

    Thank you for this great post!
    Just found my old Wipeout game and can’t wait to get started! great and nostalgic

  2. DianaQ - August 17, 2013 8:45 am

    Excellent Idea! All of us should take your advice and at times, unplug from the digital/online world and kick back and either play a game, listen to music or read something. It is a refreshing change of pace and puts things back into perspective!


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