My journey into the gaming realm started before I was able to hold a control. I was destined to be a gamer since the only way my Father was able to get me to sleep when I was a baby was to play Quake or Doom on the PC. My first memories of gaming was playing the NES and the Sega Genesis, playing Mario, Sonic, and Streets of Rage. A few years later when I was 5 my Mom bought me a N64 for my birthday and I was ecstatic. Seeing Mario in 3D the first time was a surreal moment. The game a played the most on the N64 (and still play) would be Starfox 64. The variety of gameplay tracks was amazing to 5 year old me. When i was 7 I started seeing my Father again and that’s when I was introduced to the PS1 and PC gaming. Playing games such as Twisted Metal, Syphon Filter 2, and Spyro really solidified the gaming genres I would play for the rest of my life. The PC let me unleash a more violent craving. Games like UT2004, Quake, and Doom really cemented to arena style FPS as one of my favorite game styles still to this day. On my 15th birthday I got the PS3 and was in love. My interest in games became more widespread playing games from various genres. I now play everything from sport simulations, racing, fantasy and sci-fi RPG, turn based strategy, and of course FPS games. So I play games to experience situations that in real life are impossible or publicly unacceptable.
My perfect game would be a FPSRPG, similar to Destiny. It would take the best elements from each genre and make a beautiful love child. On the FPS side the gun control would be precise, the aiming would be similar to take Halo’s hip fire and adding in an ADS function like COD. The single player would have more RPG elements than the multiplayer. Single player would consist of a massive world where you are given freedom and you would level up like in Fallout or Skyrim. You would have various perks to unlock and perk trees you could spend points from leveling up to make the character best fit your playstyle. As far as storylines go, I want it to change as I make decisions while going through the game. If I make a morally dark choice it should reflect the missions available to me, similar to the Fable series.
If I were making a game there are certain things that I consider to be a must for my ideal games;
What would your perfect game consist of?
One of my favorite things to do was to play Frogger and Crash Bandicoot with my Mom when I was around 5 years old. I eventually got my best friend from Kindergarten into playing as well and we would play together often. Eventually we got Gameboy Advance SPs to play Pokémon together, since we had both seen some of the episodes from television. Throughout my younger years, when I would visit my Grandparents, I would play a hunting game, my Kindergarten game, or Backyard Baseball on their computer. I loved playing Backyard Baseball because I love baseball in general. In third grade, I asked for a PlayStation 2 for Christmas. When I got my PS2, I loved swinging through cities as Spider-Man, collecting level crystals and box gems as Crash Bandicoot, playing as Ghost Rider, and playing some sports games.
When I was 10, my Dad was really into World of Warcraft. I thought it was so cool that you could have all kinds of weapons and battle all sorts of monsters with your friends or complete strangers from all around the world. I eventually got really into the game and made my own account to play after school as a relaxing, yet productive, activity. When the Wii came out I just had to have one. I loved playing Just Dance with my friends and Call of Duty: Black Ops online with a couple of my friends too.
2012 came and I had enough money for either a PS3 or an Xbox 360. A lot of my friends, including Jemstone who I had just met, had 360's so that's what I chose; I wanted to be able to play with them. It wouldn’t have been as fun or as amazing of an experience not having friends to play with. I believe that it was the best money I've spent to date because I've made some incredible friends, whom I doubt I will ever lose. I talk to each of them almost daily, even if it’s a short conversation. It was/is such a relief being able to come home and play with all my online friends.
Since I've started to really play Skyrim I feel like it is my favorite game yet. I really feel like I'm selflessly helping the people there. And the game itself is just so beautiful. I enjoy playing every moment. Some of the character’s personalities really intrigue me. Almost every game that I’ve played has been amazing. There are a few that I haven’t enjoyed, but most are fun and different.
When I game, I feel like I can do anything I set my mind to. And seeing my gamerscore go up with each achievement I earn is so rewarding, like all the hard work I've put into a game has paid off. Playing a variety of game types (RPG, shooter, action, adventure, etc.) has changed my opinion and thoughts on numerous different things. The role playing games I have played have influenced me in a way that I learned I don’t need a reason to do something. They have also taught me that decisions are highly important, good or bad. Overall, games have made me feel like I'm doing something important and productive, even if I haven't really done anything.
Why do I play games? Before I can answer that you should know how I started playing and why.
One of my earliest memories of a video game comes from Halo 2 (surprise!) I believe my brother had been playing when I wandered back to his room and saw the Arbiter and his energy sword battling heretics. Then later in life when I was playing Halo 2 for the first time I got to the sixth campaign level and immediately recognized everything from what I had seen that first time.
When I was 3-4 I would play games like Freddie Fish and Putt Putt on the computer we got on occasion. When I got a little older I really got into the Pokemon TV series and eventually got a Gameboy Advance SP to play the games. In second grade I had to get my tonsils out and afterwards I wasn’t able to go outside and run around as much as I wanted for awhile (I also couldn’t eat Fritos, sad face) so I was given a Gamecube. Monkey Ball, and Animal Crossing were some of the first games I got for it. Monkey Ball was hilarious, but often frustrating for me, and Animal Crossing became a game my whole family played. We all had our own houses and would partake in the care and advancement of our town (dad caught all the fish to fill the museum). One of the next games i got was Sonic Heroes. And so began my Sonic obsession. Well, more like a Shadow obsession. After playing Sonic Adventure 2 Battle (love caring for the chao) I became very intrigued with his character. Shadow The Hedgehog was a very well played game for me. My brother let me have his Xbox and games, Fable, Halo, and GTA San Andreas became my favorites.
In all the games I’d played I was the hero, or villain, with absolute power. Skills beyond all others. It felt amazing. I didn’t live very close to other kids my age, and I didn’t have friends over often so video games were a great kind of game that I could play without having to make my mother play along with me (she did/does play video games with me though). Running through the woods, video games, and books. The other kids didn’t always share my enthusiasm about these things, but that was okay with me.
Now that I’ve had my 360 for five(?) years now I have made friends that I never would have if not for games. I have stronger connections with them than some of the people I’ve grown up with. When I play today I still get the feeling that comes with being better than all others; whether that means my gamerscore is higher, I can out snipe them, I’m always at the top of the leaderboard, or they come to me for advice, that feeling is there and it’s magnificent. Some people are good at sports, I’m good at video games.
So, why do i play games? I play games because it brings out my personal best, allows me to achieve things I wouldn’t be able to ordinarily. And hey, I may not be able to best them at sports but put a controller in my hands and we’ll see who the winner is then.
Why do you play games?
You've finally reached the ending of a game that you recently bought, you are elated that you have done what was seemingly impossible. You defeated a dragon intent on world destruction, journeyed through the nine circles of Hell to save a loved one, stopped an alien race from wiping out humanity, survived in a post apocalyptic world, escaped a zombie horde. You started with nothing, learned, grew and became stronger.
Then a thought emerges; what does that matter, it was just a game.
Now you see that you've spent many accumulated hours sitting in front of this game, and for what? Sure, you beat the game, but what about all the stuff you could have gotten done in all that time you spent playing?
This feeling nags at you until you feel like you should take a long, maybe even permanent break from games altogether.
If you do take a break, it is very likely you will soon return to games.
When we play games we are doing small challenges with clear meanings and instructions, and satisfying rewards and visible success. When we can see what we've accomplished, how it made us grow, the lasting effects on our surroundings, and what we earned for doing it we feel so much more satisfied and feeling like we've just done something productive. When we're doing our real work and jobs, whether it be in an office, a store, or a classroom it is sometimes difficult for us to see how the things we do produce meaningful results. Another day another dollar.
We need to feel like we're productively making lasting changes. This is why most gamers would rather be playing a game than watching TV. Games provide us with Blissful Productivity, the feeling of getting something done in a fun meaningful way. So next time you feel bad for spending time gaming just remember that games are a nice reward for us when we need to be productive.
I really suck at posting reviews regularly. I was going to spend my downtime playing some games and watching some Netflix, but because of a certain someone -glares angrily at a lizard- I cannot. So I will try to do as many reviews tonight as I can.
Sorry for not posting for a while! I was with my family in another state helping them pack up their house to move to my area! I'm glad to be back and will hopefully be able to post more mobile game reviews and regular game reviews! Keep on stopping by for more reviews! Thanks!
Recently, I had to find a Ted Talk video for a class discussion in English. I found several on gaming, but one in particular jumped out at me. It was by Jane McGongial. "Gaming Can Make A Better World" She is a game designer talking about how using the skills we gain from playing video games we can make a better world. This was very interesting to me because basically it's everything I believe in backed up by a professional with very good points and ideas. I believe everyone should see it.
Take twenty minutes of your time to listen to this wonderful Ted Talk
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"Video Games foster the mindset that allows creativity to grow" - Nolan Bushnell