When I sit down to play games, I don't look to see how to get the most points for my digital wang in terms of Achievement points or Trophies or whatever they're called in that instance. I want to play games to have fun, not be pissed off because I didn't get a pat on the head for playing a game i wanted to play.
I'm the guy who charges you in Modern Warefare with an RPG and Martyrdom, to cause splosions and after out of ammo sneak around an knife everyone leaving a gift in my death. I didn't mind the whole splode on death glitch that popped up a while back. Much lulz were had back then (haven't played since the other major glitch arose)
I pick random in Smash Bros with all items and random maps. I'm not the guy you play in Fox. No Items. Final Destination Only. Heck whenever items are off I get angry because that's a chunk of the fun missing in all honesty...Damn Tournyfags turning them off...moving on.
I'm the guy they made Guitar Hero 1 and 2 for, because I want to feel cool for at least a few songs on medium because I can't work my pinky finger well enough to hit all the fret buttons. Hell i enjoy jumping on the mic in rock band even if i can't sing all that well. Yeah I'll admit it I do suck at some games.
But that's just it. It doesn't matter if I win every time or not. All that matters is if I enjoyed myself.
Something lost on many gamers today is the ability to enjoy playing Video games. We forget that's all they are Video games, that is GAMES!!! VISUALLY!!! VISUALLY!!!! They exist to be enjoyed. Sure we can take them super serial sometimes. But I can't all the time.
I raise my Pokemon based on how badass they end up, not based on tiers or hidden stats. Weezing can learn Flamethrower and Thunderbolt? Awesome he's on the team, regardless of how he compares in the tier ladder or whatever they call it now. Who wouldn't want a ball of pollution able to spread fire and lighting along with toxic gases where ever he went?
I don't have the patience to battle certain Pokemon in certain spots to raise up stats all the more to create a maxed out pocket monster, rather i battle to get stronger regardless of who. I still marvel at the fact that people took the time to calculate all that out. (the hidden stats that is, for those who aren't up on the state of Pokemon anymore)
Where's the fun in that anyway?
If we all die in a campaign in Left 4 Dead 2, and the computer jumps on the chopper ending our reattempts, that's fine if i don't get the achievements for it because i had fun getting there anyway. So what if i don't have a lot of gamerscore, why should that matter? I still got to kill Zombies with a Guitar, shotgun and Chainsaw along side friends. Isn't that what's the Zombie Apocalypse is all about?
If i want to replay a game it should be because it's a fun time, not to increase the size of my digital wang. That's why i'll revisit Genesis games like Sonic 2, or play games on the Wii. Sometimes even Wii Sports still, regardless if i played it to death a long time ago. Heck I would play my Wii alot more if I had it here at college.
DDR in the arcade? I'll jump on and flail about for a bit. Maybe not the best at it but I don't mind. It's Fun to look like an idiot to some high speed, sugar coated J-Pop goodness.
Remember Games are meant to be FUN at their core. Even hard games can be fun, but there's always a point where when I stop having fun and face facts that, maybe it's not the game for me. Sure everyone was clamoring about Halo and GTAIV but man I got bored of them, not because I was having a hard time persay, just they weren't pulling me into them. I wasn't enjoying myself.
Sure I enjoy winning games, don't get me wrong. Heck i get angry when i lose in Smash Bros or Mario Kart. But sometimes it's not all about the taste of Victory or the stench of defeat. It's about the adventure and journey getting there, and having Fun all the way.
Now excuse me while I go and die a thousand deaths in a match of Team Fortress 2. And still love every second of it.
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