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Me? I play games.

My thoughts on games, or an alternate reality that can only be accessed through technology and either a console or a computer.

Author: UncleDog

As for me and my family? We shall be gamers.

Posted by UncleDog Tuesday April 19 2011 at 12:36AM
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Me? I am a gamer. Have been so since I was a wee laddy, holding on tight to a joystick. By the time I was 14, I had plunked enough cash into arcade machines to pay for college tuition. I grew up (slightly in the younger group) in the midst of PacMan fever, Mario madness and Zelda zealotry.

I have always played a game, even when grounded, I would grab a pen and some paper and design levels for my favorite games. I guess it is in my blood, I have an Uncle that made several board games (only one got out there, but that is not important), a story telling grandfather and a creative and analytical mother.

 I hear (or read) a lot of complaints from my brothers and sisters of the gaming... things just aren't as they had hoped, not going the way they like. I feel for them, I ache in my very soul for their sufferage.

Then I remember, games HAVE come a LONG way, and still have a long way to go. To me, video games, MMOs and other computerized/console entertainment is in it's awkward years. I remember being an awkward teenager... my feet, legs and arms all grew while the rest did not. I could have been tied in a knot easily by a five year old. Lanky man... lanky.

  It took years for my body to catch up, it was painful, embarrasing and very, very hard to go through. Games are now in the pimply faced, feet too big stage. I know, I know, "games have been around long enough to have been through this before", you say.....

I agree, but we are talking in game years, not human years. If you ask me, the "Gamer culture" did not really get it's start until the advent of third generation machinery (N64, Playstation etc), before that, people played games, all types... but it was not as blown up as it is now. I mean, there were subsets of what were called "Nerds" "Geeks" "Spazzes" and "dweebs",  but the culture as it is now is new.

 I remember the feeling I got way back when on that special Christmas when I got my Snes.  It was magical, the graphics were so clean, fresh! Two more buttons, plus the "shoulder" buttons! It was amazing. I remember that same feeling the first time I played an online game (On TELNET!).

Nowadays, seems people don't know that feeling, the joy of cutting your teeth on some new style of play, learning all the tricks, all the secrets. I feel I am among a dying breed, those willing to play for the sake of playing, not the best gear, not the highest score... but for the love of the game. This concerns me deeply. I may be a relic from years past, but I do know that unlike the Dodo bird, there can be a revival.

There MUST be a revival, or we will be doomed forever to the A.D.D gameplay style. I do not see anything wrong with some games being geared for the short of attention span, in fact, every now and again I will catch myself playing one or two.

But the beat goes on, I still play for the love of playing. Every game I play, I place myself in the feet of my little avatar, I feel the world around me in the same way that I feel and experience the world of books.

 I have died more times than there are leaves on a willow tree, I have beaten many games, I have had a lady complain about my rough, callused hands.... hands that have permanant square controller marks. I have seen games in their infancy, I have seen great games come and go.

Why am I giving this "when I was your age, I walked to school uphill, both ways... in the snow" talk? Because I am a veteran of the console wars, I lost and arm and a leg (money wise) in the Video-Nam. I only desire to let the younger players know this and only this:

 

When you play for the love of the game, you will never truely be let down.

 

Gamers, there is so much out there to love, why focus on the hate?

romerok writes:

"

When you play for the love of the game, you will never truely be let down.

 

Gamers, there is so much out there to love, why focus on the hate?"

Well said! :)

Wed Apr 20 2011 6:03AM Report
FikusOfAhazi writes:

Gamers are focused on the love. Odd that another gamer would get the 2 mixed up.

Anyway, a decent version of the nastalgia story. I really did enjoy the read.

Fri Apr 22 2011 3:56AM Report
UncleDog writes:

FikusOfAhazi,

I am unsure what games you are thinking of. Perhaps you mean REAL gamers, not the whiney bunch that complain day and night over the "one thing I don't like" instead of focusing on the many things that are great. I agree with you if you mean that. Otherwise, I respectfully disagree, one thing I have noticed about today's gamers is an overall rabid hatred of anything that isn't what they are doing. As a reference, please check the forums about WoW being the worst thing to happen to the genre.... instead of focusing on what they love, they are (in my opinion) focused very much on the hate. I thank you though, any input is always welcomed, as long as you are not selling stuff like the two spam-bots I had to shut down.

Fri Apr 22 2011 4:58PM Report
ScKnZ writes:

while reading this, it made me laugh, in the good way ofcourse, because while i was reading i was always like "damn he is totally right", i have to admit there are gamers that dont really care of most stuff in a game, they only want to play play and play with out trying to know more about the game "I feel the world around me in the same way that I feel and experience the world of books." i do the same thing, in my view i do that for the plot of the game, the plot in most times is what makes me want to play a game, a game being online or not with out a good plot is nothing but just a game, not a GOOD game (imo).

and your last words "when you play for the love of the game you will never truely be let down"  they were awkwardly touching :3

Mon Apr 25 2011 8:11AM Report

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