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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.

Krustys Fun House Master System Screenshot

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!

Alan Wake

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.

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14 Comments

  1. Used to love Krusty back on the GameGear

    • Simon BurnsI spent most of my childhood on games as a kid. If I wasn’t playing football with my brother Jon….I was playing games. All the way from Spectrum Sinclair up to the PS2. Do you remember Bart’s Nightmare?

      • Sam Hewitt Simon Burns Was that the Treehouse of Terror?

        • Simon Burns Sam Hewitt Nah I don’t think so. It is this one http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Simpsons:_Bart’s_Nightmare.

  2. I’m just worried about your keen awareness of developments in the world of Barbie!!

    • Luke Martin VA I can’t even use the younger sister excuse as I am the youngest child!

  3. Nice article bro! My favourite childhood games are streetfighter 2 (arcade), fantastic dizzy (spectrum), championship manager (amiga), Alex Kidd, ghostbusters, wonderboy in monsterland (All master system)… Many happy days playing… I remember one of my mega drive games had 2 games in one.. Hockey and american football me and Sam loved that game but had no idea for the rules offside in hockey and totally confused for all the tactics in the African footy, but didn’t stop the hours of fun we had!..

  4. Nice article bro! My favourite childhood games are streetfighter 2 (arcade), fantastic dizzy (spectrum), championship manager (amiga), Alex Kidd, ghostbusters, wonderboy in monsterland (All master system)… Many happy days playing… I remember one of my mega drive games had 2 games in one.. Hockey and american football me and Sam loved that game but had no idea for the rules offside in hockey and totally confused for all the tactics in the African footy, but didn’t stop the hours of fun we had!..

  5. Lol american footy! Bloody auto-spell…

  6. That does sound to me like a bit of burnout, perhaps having played so many games it’s hard for new releases to get you as involved with them. Maybe you need a break from games so you can come back afresh!
    I certainly find myself taking breaks every now and again, I think it certainly helps rekindle the excitement of gaming.

    • RobMortimerVA I have pretty much felt like this through this entire current generation of gaming. I absolutely loved the Playstation 2. It felt to me that developers were willing to take more risks back then and try and create a unique game. Nowadays because production costs are so ridiculously high, nobody wants to take risks and takes the easy way out by either making yet another FPS or just bring out a sequel to a game that made them money. 
      On my 360 I had most of my fun with live arcade games. I was obsessed with Geometry wars and Super Meat Boy. Both simple but insanely effective. Obviously I am part of the minority but I just feel that games are getting worse.

      • Sam Hewitt RobMortimerVA I think that time of day plays a big part too. I used to able to play through the day when I was younger and the energy you have really makes things seem more enjoyable. Now, it’s usually late at night after a hard day’s work and it’s so much harder to see the joy in things at times – even games.

        • Luke Martin VA Sam Hewitt  Hmmm. That could be a good point, but I don’t believe it is the case for me. I genuinely believe games are getting worse, especially the mainstream ones. Of course there are going to be some rare gems, most of them I have not even given a chance I suppose.

  7. Saints row 3 was exactly the same as saints row 2, they didn’t even give you a new city. I don’t mind sequels but they have to put the effort into making them different or you may aswell just replay the first one. And there’s a lot more sequels these days, very few fresh ideas coming through

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