We probably all love, or at least like, gaming as a whole. Destructoid is all about how we love our hobby and what we think about it and I guess, only a masochist would come here if he hated games. The question I asked myself recently however is: „How exactly do we love games? What do we do in order to show our appreciation of a certain title or genre?“
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The first and pretty obvious answer would be: “You play them!”. This is undeniably true, you can only love, what you played. But what is important in your gaming behaviour? Do you love a game more because you put more time into it? Then every RPG would be you most loved game, right? How about, how often you play it? How many times you have completed it? So many question marks...
I think that all these factors play a role. Let's face it, videogames are very time-consuming. Other media are way easier to deal with. Films are done with after two hours and books after one weekend (well, I guess it depends on the book). You might re-read or re-watch them if you liked them, but time consumption is not such a big deal as with videogames. Your standard games takes you about 8-12 hours to beat, with the notable exception of RPG's of course. Then there is the replay value: collectibles you missed the first time around, sub-missions you overlooked, new costumes and gimmicks for a second play-through. This easily boosts the time you spend with the game up to twenty hours. Since the amount of time we have for games is limited and there constantly coming new games, we have to make some tough decisions.
Awesome No More Heroes Fanart by The Switcher
Doing a tribute to a game also is quite common. You can write, draw or make music? The internet is full of fanfictions, fanart and bands (or single persons) who do remixes of their favourite videogame tunes. Using your fantasy in order to expand on something you love is totally normal. The results can be absolutely amazing and they show your dedication and love to the game. And sometimes, a group of people even comes together in order to make a new game in a franchise or genre they love.
After all, videogames are able to inspire and provoke the same emotions, reactions and creativity as other media do.