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Opinion: Familiar Games Deter Us From New Experiences

GI - "For years, I've been battling against investing so much time in one game. I know I'm not the only one; we had a whole day of features on our favorite time sinks. But as I get older and have less time outside of work to play games, I've found my comfort food in returning to the same games repeatedly, such as The Sims, EA's NHL series, and Harvest Moon. I enjoy playing these because I know the rules and there's no big narrative for me to keep track of."

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Tetsujin1012d ago

There is nothing wrong with playing something you are familiar with, especially if it's something you know you will enjoy. I do see where you're coming from because I'm somewhat of the same way with fighting games and older RPG's. I've met countless gamers who complain because they can't find those few games they can play without either getting bored or play for extended time frames.

For the author, if you feel you need to "play something different," rent/borrow first (or a demo/beta if needed). If you notice you're going back to your own games after a short time frame, then what you played isn't for you. I know someone will argue "some games you don't need to play but a few min/hours at a time," if it's a game you like, you will spend time on it no matter how long/short it is.

3-4-51012d ago

It's kind of true though. I've played games since late 80's and of all genres but I went through a recent funk of almost all FPS & Sports games and was starting to get bored and then I bought a 3DS + PSP + new PC and my excitement for video games was renewed.

I realized I'd been missing out on so many good games in genres that I hadn't played much of.

I'd always been open minded and tried any games if it was available to or affordable but now that I've switched things up for almost 2 years I can see how some may think " there aren't any good games" ....

There are hundreds of amazing games out there, but people won't come out of their shell a little bit and maybe try a genre they thought they would hate.

* Dragon Quest 9 made me re-fall in love with RPG's. Hadn't played one in probably 10 year before that.

* FFTA2 made me realize how much I loved Tactical/strategy RPG's.

This carried over to PSP and I've since found tons of games I'd missed out on by NEVER owning a Playstation console.

I'd been missing out on great RPG's and other games.

Open your mind, try out something you think you may not like, it just might surprise you and become your new favorite genre.