To start Striderisms, I'll start with something I asked my girlfriend to write out to help me as I got off work late last night. I asked her to write about anything and she decided to describe our Christmas together and probably why it was one of the best Christmases she's ever had.
"Yet another year has passed and my yearly trip to Anaheim was underway. I was hoping for an awesome and peaceful weekend with Marcel in celebrating our fifth anniversary. This year did not disappoint. Not only did Marcel treat me to free Disneyland, he showed up with a new puzzle game for me to try out. Puzzle games have always been my favorite, but I have not obsessed this much over a game since Tetris.
Crashmo is a block puzzle game. The main story is that a small grandfather made a contraption for birds (ed. note - the contraption belongs to Grandpa Blox's grand niece). The main character, who looks like a tiny sumo wrestler, disturbs the contraption and the birds fly away. The grandfather becomes upset and the tiny sumo wrestler swears to retrieve each and every bird for the grandfather. The tiny sumo wrestler and the grandfather find that each bird has found nesting atop of a block puzzle which the small grandfather help the tiny sumo wrestler figure out. After a while, you and the tiny sumo wrestler are left on your own to figure out the puzzles in order to climb up and retrieve the birds.
I took every opportunity to play this weekend, and Marcel was more than happy to oblige, making sure his system was fully charged. Of course, his system was always on to gather more street tags. It always amused me when his me continually bragged to his new street tag companions that he works at Disneyland. When it looked around and confirmed that there where no more people street tagged, it amused me even more.
Then we went to Disneyland. His sister and her friend came along, as well and I had to share my time with Marcel since her sister and I both had limited time in Southern California. However, for most of Disneyland, he was all mine. Other than its historic characters, Disneyland is famous for its eternally long lines. However, thanks to this game, the lines were almost non existent. Thanks to last Saturday, Disneyland lines will be special moments which Marcel and I can bond over 2 things that are special to me, our relationship and puzzle games."
To sum it up, our relationship is a strong one. Built on a solid foundation. A foundation made primarily out of colorful blocks.
So what did you guys get for Christmas? I didn't get much physically, but I did get plenty of money to otherwise get myself a few things I wanted. I got VVVVVV and Bit.Trip.SAGA with the 3DS eShop points I got. I also got Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 with the $100 bill I got for Christmas. So my 3DS should be full up on games for awhile at least. I can't believe I have sort of a backlog on it now.
Otherwise, I'm just glad to have my girlfriend's help, as back to back shifts are certainly a thing that Disney likes to do to me after I use up my regular days off for the holidays. Hope you guys are having good holidays too!
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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