Today, I logged into Pet Society for the first time in over a week. Poor Sushi was being attacked by a swarm of flies when I found him.
While I was in London last week, I had trouble getting onto the game for a couple of reasons:
- The hotel’s Internet failed
- I was too busy touring the city and having fun in the real world
After I returned home, I didn’t log into the game for other reasons:
- I was too tired from jetlag
- I realized that Pet Society isn’t as addictive as I’d thought
That last reason has come as a real surprise to me. Some people, including tech writer Michael Arrington, has claimed that games are like cigarettes. I used to think he was right, but now I can say that’s not the case at all, at least not for me.
While I was in London, one of the Playfish staffers asked me if I was attached to my pet. I said, yes, I actually do feel affection for Sushi, and I start to miss him if I don’t log in every day. I like seeing his cute little expressions and hearing the cheerful Pet Society music. But that was more than 10 days ago. This is the longest break I’ve ever taken from the game, and the truth is, I haven’t really missed Sushi or Pet Society.
That’s not to say that I’m quitting the game. Just a few minutes of logging in today reminded me of how much I enjoy seeing Sushi and his little friends. Maybe I’m just feeling Pet Society fatigue, but I’ve been playing this game since November 2008. In terms of pet age, that makes Sushi a great-great-great grandfather. And perhaps it’s time for him to consider retirement… or at least take things slowly for a while.
Have you taken a break from Pet Society? What was the longest time you went without seeing your pet? Were you anxious to get back into the game? Or were you OK with the break?