In light of E3, I decided that this was going to be a week for me to talk about video games. I know we’ve established that one of my many hobbies is video gaming. Admittedly, I don’t play games as often as I’d like and my PS3 is more frequently used for Netflix and Hulu+ than gaming these days, but I do game. I have a lengthy history of gaming. So, I’m not going to spend this Me Monday explaining myself and my gaming habits. We’ll just take it as a fact and move on from there.
So, what games do I play and why do I play? Well, the why really leads into the what, really. See, what most attracts me to a game is its story. You’ve got to draw me in with a great concept first, but that’s not enough. Like with most entertainment mediums, it’s never enough. It’s one thing to grab my attention. It’s quite another to keep my attention. For that, you need to have a story that keeps me going and makes me eager to see what happens next.
That’s one of the reasons why I will always be frustrated with the fact that I never finished King’s Quest VI. Okay. Let me just go off on a tangent for a moment to talk about the games “back in the day.” Specifically, I’m going to rant a bit about King’s Quest VI. That game, like a number of its contemporaries, wasn’t really meant to be difficult. It was what it was. However, you had to do things in a certain order. If you missed one small item or didn’t do things in the appropriate fashion, you were never going to progress in the game. You might as well just start all over again because that was the end of the line.
This was before the age of the internet. Before I could just go online and search for a walkthrough. To this day, I still don’t know what I did wrong. I mean, I could probably do a search and try to figure it out now, but it’s a little late for that. I could also look up the end of the game to figure out how it ended. I suppose I haven’t looked it up because I wouldn’t have earned the ending, but I digress.
Anyway! Stories. That’s why I play games. That’s why I am such a huge Bioware fangirl and am so eagerly anticipating Dragon Age: Inquisition. That’s what keeps me going back to the Assassin’s Creed games and why I loved the ever-loving crap out of The Last of Us. I love the stories. I love just getting wrapped up in a game’s universe and seeing where the story takes me.
That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy bashing and smashing things. I mean, I love me some fighting games. Micah and my friends will tell you about my gleeful giggles as I engage in some rather violent acts in Borderlands 2. Those are fun every now and again, but my main gaming love is the role-playing game. Without a doubt. Okay, and I love The Sims games. I will always love The Sims. There’s something comforting in being able to control the lives of others when I can’t necessarily get everything I want in my current life, but that’s another story for another time.
I know this is all short and stuff. We’ll get to the more serious stuff later. I just wasn’t in the mood to get all serious today. Maybe later.