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My Gaming Story: X marks the spot


Are there other games do things right in a Mega Man X sense? Sure, Devil May Cry 3 comes to mind for me. Shadow of the Colossus is pretty well done as well. But they are mere appetizers of perfection compared to Mega Man X’s never ending buffet of perfection.

Another reason I love video games because of Mega Man X was because I could see what the video game world could be like if more games had as much thought put into them as Mega Man X had. Even in this age of multi-million dollar “AAA” caliber video games, I really don’t think the people in charge put the same amount of thought into these modern games compared to Mega Man X or games from MMX’s era.

As I’ve gotten older my love for Mega Man X has also developed a nostalgic side to it as well. To use the old adage, they don’t make ‘em like they used to. We’re in an era of video gaming where hand-holding tutorials are so frequent they can be parodied (Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon) and has seemingly turned a generation into gamers who are dependent on these things (y can’t Metroid crawl?). Even though this generation gave us Demon’s Souls I still kind of feel like this generation took away a bit of the thrill of learning and accomplishment from video games. Every time I see a prompt that’s along the lines of “hit this button to jump” I die a little inside, because I really don’t think we always need to so bluntly explain basic mechanics with giant prompts.

Mega Man X is also the reason I feel so sour about modern day Capcom. Capcom went from putting out games that were amazing to now dry-humping the leg of Call of Duty in the faint hopes that one of their games will somehow stick. It’s sad to see, in my opinion, one of the old frontrunners be reduced to a copycat follower.

By the way, did I mention Mega Man X’s soundtrack is fucking amazing?

I’d make that song my ringtone, but then I’d never answer my phone.

I’m going to go play Mega Man X now, because not playing it now after jerking off so hard about it would result in the ultimate case of gamer blue-balls. This game is so good.
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Who am I? I'm a guy who plays video games, talks way too much about comics and movies, likes Godzilla and Robocop. Why should you read my blog? Because when I write I have fun, make up bullshit lists, and when I do get a little serious with some blogs I try to be insightful and use resources and facts to try and back up my opinion as much as I can. And if you don't follow my blog, I'll send you a picture of a sad kitten who wants some love.

Also, I tend to debate a lot and get up on a soapbox a bit from time to time. I like to debate for the sake of debating and I tend to find it fun to get other peoples perspectives on things, and sometimes I like to play devil's advocate a bit just for the sake of it. Basically, don't take me so serious sometimes even if it seems like I am being serious.

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