My Diminishing Love Of Gaming
I miss the days of running home from school, looking forward to playing a game that I had just spent the vast majority of my pocket-money on – even though I had no idea what I was going to be presented with.
Back in those days, there was no game review, gameplay footage or demo – you simply picked up a game, looked at the back of the case and judged it by the two or three tiny images that were on it.
I remember buying Krusty’s Fun House for the Master System. The sole reason for me purchasing that game was because of The Simpsons. Had I had the privileges that we have today, I would not have even given that sort of game a passing glance. This would have resulted me in not having those seemingly endless days of fun, exterminating all of the rats that were infesting Krusty’s, erm, fun house – or whatever it was supposed to be.
Welcome to the house of fun …
Fast forward to 2012: after having barrels of fun with Saints Row 2, I was eagerly awaiting its sequel. I watched all of the trailers, gameplay footage – everything I could get my hands on. If it had something to do with SR3, I had seen it. The promised day arrived and after two hours of forcing myself to play the game, I finally decided that enough was enough and turned it off. Never again did Saints Row 3 touch my Xbox 360. Even today, I still do not know where my strong feelings for the city of Steelport went. Was it because of me watching all of the trailers and burning myself out before even playing the game, or was it simply because I thought that the game was poor?
I just don’t know.
These feelings not only belong to Saints Row 3, but for most games that developers bring out nowadays. I’d rather play Streets of Rage 2 or Sonic 2 via Xbox Live than any of these regurgitated FPS games that seem to come out every week. “Oh. People are getting bored with our FPS? Just chuck a couple of zombies in it, make a few more maps and a create a few new guns….that will keep ’em happy for another year or so. Also, don’t worry about bringing it out as DLC. Gamers are more than willing to pay £30+ for it.”
It sort of reminds me of a new, identical Barbie doll getting released, but this time with an added PINK HAT!
That’s me in the corner – that’s me in the spotlight, losing my religion …
The only two current ongoing series’ that tend to quench my hunger for gaming are Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright. They both provide unique elements of gameplay that are simply unseen in other games. They both are based on the concept of Gameplay > Graphics. A concept that is most likely the reason behind my diminishing love of games. I think there have only been two console games that I have loved in the last four years or so: Bayonetta and Alan Wake. Both games somehow managed to keep me interested to the point of completion.
I hope the next generation of gaming will throw up a few games that will reignite the flame that is my love for games, because right now it is getting dimmer by the year.
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Started gaming at the age of 4. I still hear the screams of our old Sinclair Spectrum's loading screen.