As I recently mentioned (in one of my previous blog posts
) I don't play video games a whole lot anymore. There are a whole host of reasons for this, including but not limited to:
Having a 3rd child
Getting into other things
Spending more time with and inside of my nagging wife
This list could go on forever but I thought I'd be kind and spare you the gruesome details of my everyday life. Instead I thought I'd focus on some of the problems I have with games themselves that have kept me from playing them as much as I used to. Keep in mind that these are my opinions and not yours so there's no need to kick me in the nuts just for sharing this with you.
One of my biggest problems, and the one I took the longest to really identify, is what seems like a stagnant gaming industry. I see the same shit over and over. I am amazed by the sheer amount of sequels and remakes I see. You see, I've never been one to tire of playing something great over and over again. I've enjoyed dozens of sequels, remakes, and continuations of gaming series over the years and probably will still enjoy many more in the coming years. But for some reason I find myself tired of the same old shit. I started playing Uncharted 3, which I've had since literally the day it came out, and I get bored in 5 minutes. I don't really understand why. My wife and I enjoyed playing Halo
and then Gears of War 3
for a long time, but suddenly we don't play either of them nor anything else (save for her and WoW
) and I don't find myself giving a rat's ass about it. I'm content to spend my free time reading comics and checking the gaming news for anything exciting.
I don't know when this will change. I'm hoping that the next generation of consoles will light a fire under developer's asses and allow them to show me some awesome shit. But I don't expect that to happen nor do I really care if it does. I'll always play games. I've gone through periods where it wasn't my number 1 entertainment option before. Then Xbox 360 and PS3 came out and got me into it again. Perhaps I'm shallow and am not impressed by how similar all the games look nowadays. No matter how hard developers try, it seems we've clearly reached the limits of visual quality on these consoles. I remember feeling that way about the Xbox, PS2 and GameCube. Two of the only games I played for a few years back then were Resident Evil 4
and God of War
, two of the best looking games of the time. Again, maybe I am shallow.
I did finish Batman
around the same time I got my copy of Uncharted 3
. That game was fucking awesome, although it couldn't match or surpass it's predecessor, which was nearly perfect in my eyes. But AC
is a Batman game, and I fucking love Batman. I love Uncharted
too, but to be honest Nathan Drake isn't enough to get me through another 10 hours of shooting, taking cover, climbing, and then shooting some more. It just gets old. At least Batman tried to keep giving you new things to do in both of his games. In games like Uncharted
it's just another variation on things you've probably seen in the movies. I do plan on playing and completing Uncharted 3 one day, but I don't know when that day will be.
Still, there is hope yet for me. I am surprised to find myself playing my son's copy of New Super Mario Bros 2
. It's definitely the easiest Super Mario game I've ever played, with the main game being a total breeze. The special worlds I've visited are a bit more challenging but nothing an old fart like myself can't handle after all these years spent playing Mario games. Mario remains fun after all these years. I'm excited to get my kids a Wii U for Christmas and hopefully achieve my (shallow) dream of playing a Zelda game with beautiful HD graphics sometime in the next year or two. We'll see how it all goes. Hopefully the console won't find itself dead on arrival like I fear it may.
Well, that's enough soul searching for one day. In a few days I'll attempt to write something else. If I can get my wife to stop trying to have sex with me for long enough. She's so desperate it's not even funny. Just annoying.
So much for getting deep. See you soon if I can.