I saw this post today and thinking about it for a while. It’s quite an interesting concept when you usually try to create a to-do list to become more productive, for this you make a to-do list so you can play and get things done in games.
It sound silly at first but if you think it long enough, it actually makes sense for some reason. Here’s why I think that this is somewhat useful:’
Quest List is not really good
In some games like Skyrim, quest/journal list is to display what quest you have or can take and show you if it finished/completed. But if you play long enough at games that have many Quest like in Skyrim, this can cause a problem.
You can’t finish quest as many as you can take them. I experience this when I was playing Skyrim without Fast-Travel. Nope, not even with a carriage since I just walking everywhere. Or like in the Witcher 3 where you can only track one quest at a time which is harder to do quick near quest since you aren’t aware there’s quest you need to do near you.
With a to-do list, you can create better quest system that fit your playstyle since you can just add or delete them without affecting your playthrough. Here is a few example:
- Kill a Dragon near Riften
- Join Theives Guild
- Pick Inigo from Riften Jail
- and So on
And if you don’t want or can’t alt-tab in game, you can always use other devices such as your phone or tablet. You can also use your own favorite to do list manager to manage like Wunderlist which is my favorite because I like the interface (maybe easy to use too).
To do list can give you better explanation
For some games I play. Quest description doesn’t really give me enough explanation for me to understand what I need to do to finish that quest. This may don’t matter for people that just do quest using in-game marking or similar, but for me that turn off quest marker this is preventing me from finishing my quest since it was really hard to guess what I should do. Some people feel the same way as I did, and proof for that is someone actually create a mod for Skyrim called “Even Better Quest Objectives” to fix this issue.
Or you can just paste a link to tutorial or guide for the quest you want to do.
If you have many games that you haven’t played yet, you may want to write it down so you won’t forget to play them when you have time. To-Do list is a perfect place to write them down because that what they are for.
- Prison Architect Escape mode
- New Character Skyrim
- Portal 2
- Crysis 3
Help You Pick Up After Time Away from a Game
If you love gaming but busy in real life, you may forget about what you want to do next from last time you play that game since you haven’t played them for a long time. To do list may help you remember what to do next and what you do before the current save is. I think this is the most useful one since I can have a long project to do for 1-3 month or more without playing a game.
With to do list you can create a to-do list that isn’t related to a quest or in-game things like roleplay rule or self-created quest. When I play Skyrim I tend to create some self-rule like these:
- Never use fast travel, not even carriage
- Eat, sleep, drink and bath. You can do this with mod thought.
- No steal, ever.
- Never stay at city, because you are playing as bandit for example.
Or self-created quest that enhance my roleplay like:
- Join Stromcloack first then betray them and join the Empire
- Unlock all holds without fast travel or carriage
- Get rich as bandit and create your own gang
- Pick quest that fit your character
And of course it not limited to this list.
This concept actually opens my mind that to-do list isn’t limited for real life productivity. You can use them for fun things like gaming, movie or even create a story list based. You can try and tell me if it help you to experience gaming better. Or if you have some way to make gaming better that I haven’t tried yet feel free to leave a comment on these post or site.