Watching TV


I’ve been entering into GTA Online’s Overtime Shootout, which launched in the week. It’s very similar to Super Monkey Ball’s excellent minigame Monkey Target. Playing it gave me one of my most immediately satisfying moments of GTA yet as it is a more chilled version of GTA Online’s existing competitive Overtime Rumble.

It also only requires about one minute of your attention out of each ten, if you’re during a full server where everyone must take a turn. And that I love that. Right now, plenty of individuals are playing Overtime Shootout for the rationale I am: it’s paying out double experience and money.

I’m usually transitioned by grinding in games, but the commitment-to-payout ratio here is decent, plus Overtime Shootout is great fun when you’re actually playing. Whether or not you only have ammunition a game, you’ll earn $20,000 or $10,000 at the top, no matter the result. It is the simplest way to earn good money in GTA, a minimum of until the tip of today.

GTA Online is solving another problem: plenty of the TV I enjoy doesn’t require my full attention either, and it is only demanding such a little fraction of my time. Some shows do—The Handmaid’s Tale and therefore the Leftovers, for example—but Netflix’s Iron Fist? Well, it is a bit pants. I need to look at it before Marvel’s The Defenders starts next week so I do know what is going on, but I do not want to exclusively watch it.


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Overtime Shootout and control are therefore a curious match made in heaven: one minute of parachuting in a very car is followed by nine minutes of a deeply boring man fighting ninjas during a warehouse. Repeat, until bedtime. Perfect.

I expect more of you are doing this now than ever, but, unsurprisingly, I’m off from alone in enjoying IPTV on my second screen. By rewatching The West Wing on his second monitor, PC Gamer’s Phil Savage only survived reviewing boring MMOs like Firefall. People explained that they are doing this with various games after I asked them on Twitter if they enjoyed games while watching something on a second monitor. Anything that’s repetitive by necessity seems to be a decent match.

Second screen entertainment is one of the trendy ways within which we enjoy PC gaming. When games command your full attention with detailed worlds, systems, and stories, that’s great, but it is also nice to induce the foremost out of your precious spare time by multitasking.