Submitted by hellerphant 817d ago | opinion piece

Have we forgotten the point of gaming?

MMGN.com writes: I’ve been a gamer since before I could talk coherently. My parents have often told me tales of how I would escape my crib at ungodly hours to beat them at Super Mario Bros. with ease. Since then I’ve moved into a career that is centred around my passion, love and understanding of the video game medium. Investigating, writing about and playing games is what I do for a hobby and also my job.

That’s why I was so taken aback when I struggled to come up with an answer to what should have been a seemingly simple question for a hardcore gamer.

“Why do you play games?“ (3DS, Culture, Nintendo DS, PS Vita, PS3, Super Meat Boy, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360)

SandWitch  +   817d ago
The point is that when you are kid you don't need hardcore games because you can't play them anyway (they are usually too difficult and hard-to-understand for children). But it changes once you grow up. That's why gaming journalists and the vast majority of people calling themselves gamers are more interested in GTA 5 and The Last of Us. Sometimes I play Counter-Strike 1.6 just for fun - it has no story and graphics are crap, but the multiplayer is ridiculously simple and fun. However, every news of GTA 5 or The Last of Us catches my attention and I want those games. I enjoy playing hardcore games mostly because realistic graphics and gameplay makes me feel like I am in the game's world, forgetting about my own problems.

Some people are enough of playing fun-only games and we call them "casual gamers". They don't need to be involved in story or feel like they are the heroes of war. My mom plays Solitaire for 10 years already and still enjoys it.
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kevnb  +   817d ago
counter strike is much more hardcore than gta 5 or the Last of Us, I think gamers are confused.
gamerben  +   817d ago
people are way to strict about what is hardcore and what is not. you know what? it doesn't even matter, just play the game. this is as ridiculous as blast processing.
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AWBrawler  +   816d ago
Definition of Hardcore should be defined by the Gamers habits, not the game. As I stated before I know hardcore tetris players.

ON TOPIC: yes most have forgotten the purpose of gaming, which is to have fun. I game to escape reality as well,but I'd rather escape to a fantastic unrealistic world like Mario, Pokemon, Pikmin, Zelda, Slycooper, Rathceht and Clank, Spyro, or even Halo, than escape to a realistic looking world.
Shnazzyone  +   816d ago
This is precisely the kind of shit that will kill games. When I hear arguments like this claiming as you get older you want hardcore games. It says to me that not only are you insecure about your own level of maturity, you also are pushing games to be more like movies. Which is what is slowly killing the medium. To me games simply must allow for escapism, test my skill, and make me think. Most of all, I want to have fun.

Just because it's gritty, has guns, and an adult storyline does not necessarily make it immediately good. However with comments like this you'd think it was somehow correlated.
mephish  +   817d ago
i had fun playing Bioshock, UC's and had fun watching heavy rain.
theWB27  +   817d ago
I honestly feel sorry for the gamers who aren't having as much fun now as they did years ago. As realistic as these games have gotten, they're all all fantasy. They aren't real, we aren't talking with aliens, no man can slip off a cliff as much as drake, our health doesn't regenerate if we hide behind a wall. I guess I don't get as angry as some others if there's a glitch in an animation, an arm goes through a wall. Because I know humans are making these on limited hardware. Unless they were working with the power that avatar or Pixar works with then i'm expecting anomalies. It takes a few bad releases for developers to start getting laid off. Id say instead of hoping the grass is greener on the other side, start having fun with the fact that most of the games we play still have tons of fantasy elements, lower your seriousness.
linkratos  +   817d ago
I seriously just don't enjoy many of the offerings on PS360. Wii and Steam were where most of the games I enjoyed were. Which I have no problem with and why I am starting to care less and less what 3rd party support the Wii U gets. The only part I regret about no longer having a PS3 or 360 is XBLA and PSN. I would love to play Journey and Fez.
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kevnb  +   817d ago
I still have alot of fun playing on PC and Wii, sometimes even ps3/xbox 360.
AWBrawler  +   816d ago
lol sounds like we have the same idea, though I doubt you play the weird shit I play on the PC. Fun is Fun tho.
NYC_Gamer  +   817d ago
I'm having a blast playing a mix of indie and full retail software
Hicken  +   817d ago
I know why I play: to enjoy myself. There are a lot of other reasons, but they all tie in to that one thing: enjoying myself.

If I'm not enjoying myself in a game, then it's not one I need to be playing, or I shouldn't be playing at that time. Whether it's by myself or with a friend or online with a bunch of strangers, if it's not an enjoyable experience, then I'm doing it wrong.
-Gespenst-  +   817d ago
Fun and enjoyment. Not competition or money.
Raoh  +   817d ago
To complain on blogs that are actually just forum posts with pictures that are made to look like actual websites made by young gamers that bought their first gaming device (with their own money) no more than six years ago?
mochachino  +   817d ago
I used to buy games to experience intersting new worlds, creatures, characters, gameplay and experiences but all I seem to see these days are ugly wastelands, New York and the middle east with one dimensional sarcastic tough guys.

I guess that's why I still really like Uncharted, at the least the places it takes you are novel. Red Dead was really cool too because it took you back to the wild west which couldn't happen in real life obviously. Some games are still novel experiences.
TenkoTAiLS  +   817d ago
A resounding yes, most people have forgotten the point of gaming and playing games. It's for fun, for enjoyment, for a good time. The graphics of a game don't matter, the power of the system doesn't matter, the resolution doesn't matter. The sooner people, consumers and developers remember this the better.
TheLyonKing  +   817d ago
The point of gaming is to finish the game!

I never enjoy a game from start to finish, I get frustrated and angry at some points and that is why I love games. They challenge me :)

If there is glitches and what not it only adds to the fun. I remember playing army of two and it was great (challenging and fun) with my friend and we messed around with all the glitches too :P
kesvalk  +   817d ago
the point of playing games is to have fun or challenge yourself, sometimes both.

there is not really a point beside it, if you are not having fun or is trying to up your own bar in the game... i don't know why the hell you are playing it...
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glennco  +   817d ago
i havent, i don't play anything if it isn't fun. not interested in super hard settings. i don't even finish most games
CouldHaveYelledUiiW  +   816d ago
If Nintendo announced a New game that looked and played almost exactly like Legend of Zelda 1. I would buy it and I would enjoy it.

A game is a game. I played the Unreals and the Dooms but I still think LoZ:SS is one of the BEST game I ever played and for some reason it reminds me of the 1st LoZ and some LoZ 2 (more so then any other LoZ game).

"Fun" is the point of playing games (IMO).

That being said, I don't really think FPS, or blood and guts are necessarily "Mature". Sure they should not be given to kids but they aren't necessarily "mature"- infact these are the kinds of things kids like to look at to prove that they are grown-up.

IMO real Maturity comes from games like Rock Star's LA Noire, Quantic Dreams' Heavy Rain (and/or Beyond). These are games that kids probably would find hard to beat due to the fact that it requires more than just aim and shoot- it requires reasoning and knowledge that MAY be beyond them.
ShaunCameron  +   813d ago
I haven't forgot. It's the reason why I enjoy my XBox 360 and my Wii. Good ol' fashioned pick-up-and-play.

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