Why does fall always put me in the mood for serious gaming?

Is there any season that we end up talking about more in the internet than autumn? We’re all really vocal about our changing leaves, pumpkin spice everything, and move toward the big holiday corridor. I mean, as I write this, I’m listening to falling rain, sipping on pumpkin spice coffee, and looking at the leaves on the tree outside of my office change into brilliant yellows.

While fall might not be my most favorite season (which tends to change year to year), I’ve always noticed how there’s this effect it has on my desire to want to play games. As in, once fall really kicks in weather-wise, I feel a huge urge to hunker down and get my MMOs on. It always feels like the perfect time of year to get cozy with gaming.

Probably a lot of this has to do with nostalgia for falls of the past. Historically, a whole lot of MMO and expansion launches happened in the fall, so my brain definitely remembers Septembers and Octobers of opening up new games with great fondness.

Another big factor is simply the weather. I get outside year-round, don’t get me wrong, but when the weather turns crisp and blustery, it’s not like I really want to go hang out on my deck and read books any more. The weather starts to push me more indoors, and there’s a very cozy feeling to curling up with a good book or game when you can hear the wind howling or the leaves rustling outside of your window.

I’m definitely looking at a very packed fall schedule, too. Shadowlands is coming out in a few weeks, and Torchlight III before that. Toss in fall festivals and Lord of the Rings Online’s Update 28, and I’ll have my hands full going into November.

In any case, welcome fall! May your comforts help to take the edge off of an edgy year and bring me another season of relaxing and enjoyable gaming.

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