It looks like I’m no longer able to refer to myself as a gamer, or won’t be able to very soon. I’ve only played 2 titles in the past several months, StarCraft 2 and Skyrim. Technically it would be 3 but I’m not counting the beta weekends of Star Wars The Old Republic. The point being, I’m playing games less every year.
I will proudly say that I am a PC gamer. I find consoles to be too expensive for the reward. I enjoy playing games with high graphics settings and with a nice pair of Sony headphones. Well…those reasons combined with my preference for a mouse / keyboard combo rather than a single controller with mini joysticks. I guess I just see consoles as gimped computers.
Moving on, I like games that have a lot of depth, not a fan of invisible boarders guiding my avatar along a fixed path only to hack n slash my way to another “level”. My style is more along the lines of a game like Morrowind where I can go off the beaten path and kill my quest giver only to “live in a doomed world”. Actually, I’d like the game to make adjustments for me so I’m never living in a doomed world but rather one that accepts my influence but I’ll take what I can get. I guess, I won’t really take what I can get, I do have standards. I remember playing Test Drive Unlimited 2 not that long ago and I got to a point where I had to acquire another license, and I thought damn, why does an illegal racing driver need to get licensed? Before you tell me that it was all legal and legit racing in the game story, keep in mind, COPS CHASE YOU MANG. Anyway, I lost my sense of immersion and moved on with my life and my gaming.
This could be what happens when a games mechanics isn’t enough, I don’t really know. I’ve heard the theory of the “burnt out jaded gamer” but I still play bejeweled so that’s probably just a load o’ shit.
Actually I do have a theory, that I would rather not play clone games when the originals did it better. Fancy Graphics are pretty sweet but have you ever tried to eat icing in place of an entire cake? I think and hope it’s just that the industry is stagnant and or regressing in every way except graphics (and sometimes even graphics). I would rather it be the industry turning to shit then the fault actually lying with me, at least if it’s the industry’s fault then something can be done about it.
If this hypothesized trend keeps up, it looks like I’ll either have to quit gaming or go back to Neverwinter Nights Diamond or Age of Wonders . I loved that series but I’ve played it to death, I just want something new and good, well maybe more than just good but I’m paying for it, shouldn’t I get what I want?
My last alternative is hunting around for old school table top D&D gamers. I’ve started looking for groups but the nearest and largest one happens to be something like 50miles away. Now I like to game but travelling 100miles once or twice a week is…I wouldn’t mind a closer solution.
Over the past 12months I’ve tried about 20 different games and put decent hours in each. Just to name a few (whatever I mentioned above) + The Witcher 2, Crysis 2, Fable 3 and Magika. That’s just the few I could think of off the top of my head and I’m not even a hack n slash or FPS fan so I wasn’t in my element playing Crysis or Fable. Thinking about it now as I type, maybe my anger is directed more at MMORPG’s then anything else (SWTOR really was a letdown). Actually I felt a bit cheated by Crysis 2 as well so hell lol.
I’m just used to being able to play a single game for a longer period of time I’m not into this console fast food gaming *AHEM the fake cough incoming, *Cough The Force unleashed 2 *Cough. 3-5hours of gameplay… .. … If I knew how to dot out Morse code into an SOS I would have, oh wait, gotta love Google.
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If Mass Effect 3 doesn’t offer me everything I’m looking for I’ll volunteer to surrender my PC gamer status and take up surfing or some hobby, something less expensive for sure, hard economic times and all.
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