The Games We Play: What Are You Playing?
We'll never play All The Games, but we can try!
I've spent quiet a bit of time this month talking about games as I have observed them, and we've even had a little bit of dialogue about some of the more problematic ways that games are marketed to us or just tossed thoughtlessly at us, and what that means. It's been a great month so far, and I, for one, am having a fabulous time. We're not finished yet.
Gaming is interactive, and I would like to hit the pause menu and turn back to all of you, the faithful who have come 'round to engage me in these discussions (don't worry, I won't let the Deamons' Souls get you, this pause works, go answer your phone!). Consider this the cut scene before Act II or whatever.
March has been a fairly good month for game releases, which is nice, because unlike, say, the movie industry, there are dry spells where absolutely nothing comes out at all, not even bad rom-coms. As an aspiring reviewer, I tend to welcome the slower phases because it gives me time to catch up on the games that I've been excited to try. As a gamer, however, the slow season tends to make my sad face come out and pout. I've seen a slew of hotly anticipate titles hit the market this post-holiday season (or, even the post Cataclysm season, if you will).
What have you been playing? What did you finally get your gamer mitts on? What has been eating up your time? Has it lived up to your expectations? Did you, like me, anxiously await that sequel and are now swimming in canon? Did someone finally release a game you really wanted for your preferred platform?
Are you fed up with the 2 or 3 or eleventy-one on a series? Has the company squeezed the last bit of fun out of a franchise and just needs to let it go (I'm looking at you, Lego Star Wars)?
Is there anything missing, or are you satisfied with the experience? Think back on the things we have discussed so far (Oh no, OYD! You didn't tell us there would be homework!) and try to apply them to your gaming experience. What could make this game more accessible to a person with cognitive or motor function issues or who is color blind? Could this game have included more diversity in their characters, both playable and non-playable?
So, give it to me, gamers!
Let's remember to be respectful, and keep the Comments Policy in mind while having discussion.
Screen cap courtesy of Twist_Shimmy. Because I love screen caps!
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