I was thinking to myself this morning; I have considered myself to be a gamer my whole life. I have eagerly waited, as no doubt many others have done for birthdays and Christmases to get new games and consoles from the NES through to the N64, from Mortal Kombat 2 through to Lylat Wars, but for the past couple of years I have found myself sticking most of the time to the same on-line sports simulations.
It started with Mario Strikers Charged for the Wii that I somehow got addicted to and moved onto the FIFA games on the xbox 360. I have tried playing other on-line games such as World of Warcraft and FEAR on the PC, but I never connected with then and there is something about playing sports against other people on-line that really clicks with me. for the Does this make me a complete arsehole in the eyes of the on-line community?
I wonder this because it seems to be a badge of honour to have played more games than others and be knowledgable across a wide plethora of titles. Don't get me wrong I went out and bought games like 'Bioshock,' 'Super Mario Galaxy,' 'Fallout 3' and even downloadable stuff like 'Super Mario RPG', 'Megaman 9' and 'Braid' but most of those titles I have barely touched when at one point I would have played them to death. I just find myself wanting to play a quick game of on-line soccer and I feel slightly ashamed to say it.
I know that 'Madden' fans have this reputation in the States as being fanatical, beer swilling, sausage eating airheads that spend hours and hours just playing Madden and Madden alone. They sweat over their rankings, stats and enter leagues where they can win real-life money. I listen to Podtoid semi-regularly and listen to Reverend Anthony et al rip ten bells of piss out of Samit because he likes his NHL, NBA and Baseball games. I can't help but wonder if this is how the entire gaming community approaches people like me?
I suppose I can say that I am as knowledgable as anyone else when it comes to retro games. I am 27 years old and experienced playing Mario Bros, Duckhunt and even games like Megaman 2 and 3 when the games were brand spanking new, I remember the launch of the SNES, N64, Gameboy and Gamecube. My first ever console was actually an Atari 2600 with Defender 2 and Galaxian.
My tastes have just changed I suppose, but not only that so has my lifestyle. One of the rare games that I bought and played to death recently that didn't have a soccer ball in it was Resident Evil 5. I completed the game in about 5 days, playing after work. One of my colleagues also had the game and wanted to play a co-op mode on-line. I had heard that the co-op was pretty damn amazing, but despite this I felt that I just couldn't be bothered.
I think it is all to do with that quick 10-15 minute buzz that a sports game can give you when played on-line. The fact that every game is different because people use different teams, tactics and approach it in different ways. Even the abuse you get when you win or lose is something that makes me smile. I can do all this, fit in my house chores and even manage to sit and watch a movie with my fiance. So am I an arsehole or what?