Have I ever explained how easily influenced I am sometimes? Sure, there are readers of this very blog who seem to be influenced by the games I buy, play and enjoy, and sometimes make decisions on buying games themselves based on what I think of a game. Not like I am reviewing games here or anything, which I have tried diligently to avoid doing from the get-go, but sometimes my first impressions of a game are enough to sway someone who is on the fence, or even down-right talk them into one. That's a lot of pressure, when you think about it.
But in reality, I am just as easily influenced as anyone else, if not more in some cases. Maybe it has something to do with this blog, where I am in constant search mode looking for the next game to play. Regardless, it doesn't take much anymore to talk me into checking out a game, as my interest level for all types of games and genres has gone through the roof these past few months especially.
That is where Cook, Serve, Delicious comes in to play.
I heard about this game from a lovely lady I know through Twitter, who is on multiple different podcasts that I listen to. Her name is Elaine, and she from The Mommy Gamers, Some Other Castle Podcast and Hell Yeah! Podcast, and she talks about Cook, Serve Delicious ... a lot. When I say "a lot," I mean it as much as I could possible describe. This woman loves her some Cook, Serve, Delicious. Not only does seem to genuinely love this game, but she might be slightly addicted to it. Oh, and she rocks at it to, if you are to believe her humble bragging, which I am inclined to do.
Anyway, I have her to blame for me playing this game. Not because I became addicted to it, which I went in to sort of worried about, but because I'm flat-out exhausted from playing it. This game feels like work, and that is the absolute last thing I want a video game to feel like, especially on a lazy Sunday. I was playing it on my iPad, watching movies and trying to just kick back and relax. But this game made it impossible for me to not only watch the movie, but relax in any form or fashion. It forces you in a frenzy, from start to finish, which I assume is their attempt to replicate the experience of a restaurant. Well, while I know how to cook a little, the multitasking and perfect planning of time is the main reason why the kitchen is not my room of choice. Because I know my limits just in domestic cooking is the number one reason why working at a high-pressure, high-stress job like a restaurant will never be in my future.
I'm actually getting anxiety just thinking about it.
This is game is a like a complicated, sophisticated mash-up of all the Facebook/Zynga style of games, which if you don't know what I'm talking about, me describing them will do them no justice. Essentially it's a game that revolves around time management, quickness and worrying about several different things at once. Once again, these are the types of games I try to stay away from intentionally, because I really don't feel like my source of entertainment should feel like work or stress me out like a job would.
But hey, I tried the game. I know what Elaine and her podcasting partners are talking about from here on out, so at least I have some context going forward. I just wonder how much she really likes this game, or if it's just the addiction talking so highly about it. A woman that bust can't possibly like working in a game that much, can she?
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