I will be the first to confess that I often have used video games to escape, what I consider, my boring existence. The thought of exploring unknown lands and becoming a hero has captivated me since I was a child. Even as an adult, it fascinates me.
Given that games have become more about work, tasks that you don't have to really try all that hard and social events, rather than fun or immersion - which is kind of ironic given the drive for realistic graphics - I can't say anymore.
Gaming has always just been a hobby really. I have used it to escape from what is going on from time-to-time, but mainly it's to have fun.
Thing is the gaming industry isn't structured as if it were supporting a hobby. Are not only always looking to expand, but by recent indication are willing to alienate and drop segments of the hobby. Like Square did when they made Front Mission Evolved.
My 1st reason is for the story. Some people read books, some people watch movies, and I play games. It's a great medium for storytelling and being involved makes me feel more attached to characters and messages than when I read or what movies. I have played Ratchet and Clank since the series first emerged, and I can't lie- *spoilers* at the end of Tools of Destruction when Clank gets taken by the Zoni, I felt horrible..I was so attached to the characters. 2nd reason is because it takes a certain level of "skill" to be good at some games. Hand-eye coordination for FPS, strategy and thought for SC1/2- etc. I like doing those things, it's like an exercise for my brain in a way. The 3rd reason is that I like art. The set pieces in some games are absolutely stunning and I enjoy looking at them. Looking at concept art and seeing it executed in-game is really interesting to me.
For your first reason. You took the words right out of my mouth. I usually tend to buy games with really good stories. If I read that a game has a "meh" story. Then the gameplay has to be REALLY REALLY good to make up for it. lol For people who say "If I want a story, then I'll read a book." I seriously don't understand why they would rather READ a story than actually BE IN ONE. lol Each to his own I guess.
I like video games because video games are awesome! So is Kurt Vonnegut!
Why we game? Because some genres actually teach us something. Hard-ass games like the OG Ninja Gaiden and Super Meat Boy? To make us persevere, to teach us that we will lose a lot, but by trying over and over again, we eventually get closer to the ending aka goal. Artsy games like Journey and Flower? To teach us about appreciating life, to savor every beautiful moment in the world. Shooters? Adventure games like Uncharted and Assassin's Creed? They teach us something about history, and try to recreate what an ancient place would of looked like. We choose to game and be gamers, not want. I've never questioned why I play videogames, and I probably never will.
1st - Story 2nd - To kill time 3rd - I have no life.
To get the girls I can't get in real life. To own asses when my ass belongs to my boss in real life.
agreed!! cant complain about the current boss but ive had some i wanted to take out back and hadouken.
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