A football game has broken out. A short session of the PC version of PES5—the eight-years-old PES5—played on a Bootcamped installation of Windows, on a Macbook. Runs great. And it’s very handy, being on a machine that I already use for hours most days.
Perhaps I’m not sick of football games after all—perhaps I’m just sick of my routine that’s sprouted around them over the last many-many years. I play in the mornings, and my routine has been: get up, have breakfast, turn on the PS3, play PES.
I am FED UP of doing that. I needed to disrupt the routine, and I’ve done that in style.
Football gaming needed freshening up for me.
I’ve been playing this one PES5 save for years, usually for just a week of two every August in the downtime before the next PES release.
It’s the usual ersatz Coventry City. We’re in the Premier now. It’s an olde-school PES, of course. This is where I was most happiest. I’m not going to make any grand predictions about what I’ll spend the summer doing.
I just finished season 5, and finished 8th in the table. Playing on 4* difficulty still, and it’s plenty difficult enough.
Generally, I don’t really give a stuff about any football game right now. It’s going to take a lot more time for this empty tank to fill up again.
The only game I really want to play at this moment in time is Civilization V. I’m still playing the same game from last week. This isn’t me being lazy or not playing Civ very much either. I’ve played every day for an hour or two. This is how long games typically last.
And I’m going to lose this one (again). I’ve never actually won a Civ V game, in what must be 20 separate attempts now. I could play on a lower difficulty and guarantee getting a maiden win, but as all Civ players know, rolling downhill to a certain victory over hundreds of turns isn’t any fun.
Last week I posted a screenshot of a highly strategic point on my map. I revisited Istanbul last night with my more modern units, after deploying a navy of sorts to screen my army from bombardment.
My navy lasted two turns before being destroyed. Two turns after this screenshot was taken, my army was destroyed. And then the Ottoman navy rushed into my coastal waters and destroyed all my fishing boats. Which caused a cascade of unhappiness and hunger across my nation. But that was the least of my worries.
All game long, the French have been the runaway technology leaders, and my staunchest allies.
I spied on them and took a few techs, and now they have invaded me, sending waves of units across the treacherous English territories. That’s the French blue units closing in for an irresistible combined arms assault on my city of Cardiff above. After my Istanbul debacle, I have a single cavalry unit in the field.
The turn after this screenshot was taken, the French took Cardiff. Weirdly, this happened at almost the exact same moment that the final whistle blew on the real-life Cardiff City’s promotion match last night. I was listening to it on the radio.
Nope. This is not PES Chronicles as it has been, but it’s the only PES Chronicles anybody is going to get. For now.