I'm going to go ahead and start on a negative note and say I never liked Nanbu.
We can just say I can only blame myself for that. Lots of people loved having her around. I just never encountered her on a positive note. It was always the toxic, critical, jaded commenter. And that you'd need to be banned in order to walk away from something on the internet? Can't you just, I don't know, unbookmark the website and start watching cat videos on YouTube?
I mean really now. It's not even 10 seconds away.
You know what I like about Dtoid? The people. I've played Injustice with people like SuperMonk4Ever. And by played, I mean shot arrows back and forth in a super simplified bullet hell. I've already described my GTA Online shenanigans with Wrench and Stahlbrand but we also go back with Mass Effect 3 multiplayer (Geth 4 lyfe son). Then there's that time I played bait with a giant lootmonger on Borderlands 2 and I had to depend on Andy Dixon to kill him for me.
Destructoid can be like a school. Maybe the school has changed due to inflating lease prices or maybe that biker gang a few cities over has decided to make that Jack In The Box across the street their new hang out but I can still hang out with my cliques and friends. School might change but friends don't (necessarily) do.
Those assholes! I want my curly fries!
Also, I'm glad Wrench and Manus recapped those Pokemon blogs that were talking shit about Pokemon. Don't talk shit about Pokemon. Well, I've come to the realization that everything Nintendo is, can be compared to CoD or Madden. The difference is that it's not annual. It'll take more than one year. I no longer make fun of CoD or Madden. Video games you know? It might be the fresh coat of paint or the new Pokemon, the new metagame, the new social interaction, but X and Y has shaped up to be the most engrossing iteration of Pokemon yet. I just spent the last two days training a Gardevoir, Azumarill, Mawile, and Pinsir to be the best Pokemon I could possibly throw into battle against my great asshole friends. You won't know humilation until a blue water fairy pounds you into the ground until you're a stump while dancing around with a happy smile on his face. My Pinsir knows Earthquake, Quick Attack, Storm Throw, and X-Scissor. This is all important information, yes. And when Pinsir mega evolves, Quick Attack becomes a flying-type attack which he gains STAB on for additional damage and...
shit, hold on. I'm sorry. I get carried away. You know how CoD fans will obsessively pour over every little detail on their guns? Well, Pokemon are my guns and every stat must be meticulously tuned. Mawile needs bulky defenses because she sure as hell ain't running on any speed.
The point is, there are two kinds of games at this point: the kind that wow and excite people by being completely different and the kind who know that if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
I'm don't see a need to question my experience in Pokemon. 8 gyms with a variety of designs, a nefarious terrorist organization with a different slant of domination, the Elite Four with it's continually grander presentation. It's all the same yet new every time. When we fought Sabrina back in gen 1, we just pawed our way through invisible walls. In X/Y, we're traveling through the infinite cosmos as created by an arguably more powerful psychic. Brock's gym was full of rocks. Grant from X/Y has a mountain and you have to freaking rock climb your way to him. Same deal but new experience man.
Also, happy birthday to my girlfriend for October 23rd! I'll never forget because she told me her birthday while driving and the clock said 10:23. A moment frozen in time!
No matter what the experience was or which game or genre left that strong first impression, such experiences have the potential to open our eyes to the rich history of a series or genre. With any luck, we might find even more to love or something better. A great first experience with RPGs could lead to an undying love affair.
Sometimes a first kiss can be so impactful that the game gets placed on a pedestal and enshrined as a gold standard, which has its own pros and cons. I mean, it is nice to have a basis for comparison, but some folks take it too far. There are people who loved Half-Life, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, or Final Fantasy VII so much that nothing after them really got a fair shake.
So first impressions matter -- they can shape and inform our gaming habits. I grew up on arcades, Nintendo, handhelds, and eventually into RPGs, so much of what I play will be influenced by how I acquired my tastes. I probably like Overwatch a ton because it has a passion for RPG roles, but contextualizes them closer to older shooters focused on objectives more than gear builds and grinding out perks for better killstreaks.
So for this month's Bloggers Wanted, we'd like you head over to the community blogs write about your first kiss, the games that positively influenced you or maybe biased you a little too much for a time. What turned you on to a series or genre? Was it love at first sight? Did it set any expectations in stone or possibly lead you to something better?
Whatever the case might be, remember to use the title "First kiss" and place "Bloggers Wanted" in the tags!
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