Monthly Musings: Gaming’s guilty pleasures


Woo, Monthly Musings! Another opportunity for you fine readers and community members to get on the front page and, more importantly, start some interesting and intelligent discussion amongst yourselves.

This month, the topic is “Gaming’s guilty pleasures,” focusing on all those game or game-related experiences which we hate to love. We all have a few games which we can’t help but love, regardless of their flaws: they may have a crappy storyline or repetitive, derivative gameplay, but there’s just something about them that makes us think, “if loving this game is wrong…I don’t want to be right.” 

Personally, I know I can’t be the only one out there who loves Advent Rising despite its schizophrenic tone and weird character designs. Similarly, there’s gotta be someone else out there who wants to have ferocious sex with Carmen Sandiego. I am not terribly proud of these things, but I admit them to be true, and I regret nothing; had I not already written about them, these are the sorts of things I might talk about for this month’s Musing topic.

Hit the jump for a further explanation of the theme. 

First things first: as always, make sure to put “Gaming’s guilty pleasures: blah blah blah” at the top of your community blog. It just makes it easier for us to track down the Musings-related posts, which is always to your benefit.

Secondly, while this is very much a personal theme, there’s no reason these articles shouldn’t promote just as much discussion as the last two. If you agree with someone’s guilty pleasure, then join in their dirty love for the game; if you think their fetish is unforgivable no matter what, tell them why you think so. But don’t insult someone just for their views — that’s flaming, and that’s stupid.

Anyway, yeah — guilty pleasures. Talk about specific games everyone hates but you love, talk about weird opinions or loves you hold for aspects of gaming culture, or perhaps try to discuss why an entire genre might very well be a guilty pleasure (guilty pleasures don’t have to be cult classics, or even poorly reviewed). 

Sky’s the limit on this one, so long as there’s a guilty pleasure of some sort involved, connected to videogames in one way or another. As always, the blogs that contain the best writing and/or provoke the most intelligent debate will be featured on the front page.

Any questions? 

Anthony Burch