[Wrenchfarm brings us a fantastic Monthly Musing blog on how gamers often make games more difficult for themselves -- both knowingly and unknowingly. In fact, Wrenchfarm almost perfectly describes how I play virtually every game. There are still a few days left before the end of March, so if you haven't written a blog yet for this month's topic, you're running out of time! -- JRo]
Ever make things harder on yourself? I'm sure you have. I bet a lot of gamers do it, sometimes without even thinking about it.
I know there has to be other gamers out there that do this too. Gamers who saved every dollar and never bought anything in Rapture's vending machines only to complete the game with a full wallet and an ulcer that could have been avoided if they just ponied up the dough for a few more armour piercing rounds.
I hesitate to say it because its a point that gets played to death sometimes, but maybe its an old gamer thing. Maybe it comes from being raised on Nintendo Hard games in a time before save games and check points. When you were lucky to get a continue or maybe a password every other level. Back when more often than not failure meant a cold GAME OVER screen and a start back at scratch. In those dark days it was prudent to play things a little safe, see how far you could stretch that last bit of health or make sure to never pick up anything that would replace the spread gun once you got it. These days games are generally a bit more forgiving and that kind of frugality is unnecessary, but the behaviour persists. Of course, that doesn't explain all the younger gamers, the boys and girls that joined us after the SNES, who cut their teeth on the Playstation yet act in much the same way. Maybe it isn't a strategic choice, maybe some people are just naturally cheap or paranoid.
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