- Feb 25, 2009
Currently Q*bert on PSN download is one of my favorite games. Why? Because it remembers it's supposed to be a game, and it's really fun to pick up and play. As a kid I always felt frustrated by more complex games that my friends found so easy to play - I had developmental motor skills problems so I've never beaten any Mario game. The only two video games I ever beat were Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, and Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Both are experiences I will never forget, and experiences which will haunt me in their uncanny melancholy till my dying day.Susan Arendt said:Simulated Wood-Grain Gaming
Is gaming improving so quickly that it no longer amazes us?
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I feel the same way about board games and card games as you do about old games consoles - because of the nature of my motor skills problem, that was my childhood - playing Pokemon cards with my friends and none of us cared who won or lost - simply the event of playing that card game was something that brings closeness in a way that even Goldeneye 64 at the time failed to do for me.
Goldeneye 64 for me was the hot game all the guys were able to play well, the "male bonding event" of the weekend was to go over to a friend's house with other friends to play and watch Goldeneye. But there were problems - the nature of eight year old boys in the 1990s was somewhat Spartan and because of this mentality said boys grew up treating the weak poorly in video games, but fortunately this didn't spill over into real life. Video games to me slowly became a matter of which male was superior to another - and not a matter of fun at all.
But oddly enough board games and card games never felt like that to me - everybody had the same chance going into it even if it was a CCG we were playing because if somebody didn't have a deck I lent them another deck I had constructed beforehand. I have around five Magic decks I still use for casual play - and I don't intend to throw them out soon. I don't intend to get rid of my wooden Dominoes set either - playing with hard wooden dominoes is akin to your wooden panelled consoles.
Goldeneye was a game that both defined and destroyed my generation - in terms of what it did to people's perceptions of what multiplayer gaming could be. It's not even split screen anymore - so we don't even have the guys in the room laughing and making jokes unless it's a local match of Street Fighter II Turbo or whatever new fighter like Tekken 6 comes out. Fighting games for me are more akin to a game because the fighting game genre never forgot it was a game - because it is a test of skill mixed with luck. The graphics may improve but the mechanics of it is still a high tech version of Rockem Sockem Robots or whatever.
I hope you get what I mean. I don't hate video games at all, I just wish there were more of them that remembered they were supposed to be games and toys instead of opportunities for young men to make weaker young men feel miserable.