Try our new beta! Click here
Submitted by Menashe 1317d ago | opinion piece

10 Ridiculous Gaming Norms That Make No Sense In Real Life

Gaming Enthusiast:

Many of the norms we take for granted in video games are completely ridiculous indeed. Have a look at some of the most oddball ones. (3DS, Android, iPad, iPhone, PC, PS Vita, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)

RXL  +   1317d ago
Number 10 isn't ridiculous and a basic understanding of the human mind..

ten minutes of running around killing shit? problem..

five hours? physically get exhausted and emotionally..

of course this is literally represented with "harder" bosses..just because it would be hard to actually imprint that onto the player..

all the player has to do is turn off the video game if they get tired..

imagine a game where you CAN'T turn off without losing som...

wait..*thinks of Dark Souls*

my point is made..
Maddens Raiders  +   1317d ago
This article -
has been tagged as *unhelpful*.
crxss  +   1317d ago
one of the more entertaining articles i've read from N4G in awhile. don't take the article too seriously people.

i especially found "#8 Cars" hilarious. Michael Bay loves to ignore this rule in his movies.
MaxXAttaxX  +   1317d ago
These are the things that make games... games.

Without any of these we'd be stuck with a bunch of simulators.
M4Nt1C0RE  +   1317d ago
Of course games would suck if they didn't include this stuff but that's not the point. The point is that in the realm of reality, these are ridiculous. There is no double jump in real life. And yes that's why these are games and not real life. Humorous observations are just that; observations. This article is just saying that when you think about these in terms of reality, it's kind of funny. That's it. No ones whining. No ones saying life should imitate video games or vice versa. It's just an interesting perspective.
MaxXAttaxX  +   1317d ago
Of course these norms make no sense in real life, but that's not the point. The point is that this article overstates the obvious. Stuff everyone is aware of, such as double jumping. I don't see how that was interesting.
I never said the article was whining or that it was insinuating that games should imitate real life more. It's just a very "well duh!" pointless article.

The whole thing was a set up for an exploding cars joke.
#1.2.2 (Edited 1317d ago ) | Agree(9) | Disagree(3) | Report
Menashe  +   1316d ago
Why is everyone taking this article as if it's a serious discussion about whether games have to emulate real life? The article is not serious, it's just a funny read. No one is saying games must be super accurate. There doesn't have to be a logical reason that Mario dies when the time runs out.
pandehz  +   1317d ago
'In video games, cars are easier to explode than a Parkinsons patient holding a bottle of nitroglycerin'

That's just soooo damn funny and wrong (guilty laughter ensues)
Somebody  +   1317d ago
Whenever I misplaced my cellphone in the house, I would ask my sister to give a missed call. Then it would made a sound and flashes so I can find it easier...

Wait...a ridiculous gaming norm happened in real life! An actual glowing item when you search for it!

As for cars in games, they really are ridiculously sensitive things. I've always cringed watching how easily parked cars explode in BF3's first gameplay trailer and even more so once released. I do give cars in Fallout 3 a pass though since they are essentially powered by nukes. Their tiny mushroom clouds death are so cute to watch and feel appropriate in the game's overall post-apocalyptic theme.
Berserk  +   1317d ago
Stupid article...
Blastoise  +   1316d ago
Why is it?
Brownghost  +   1317d ago
desperate for hits you terrible author
admiralvic  +   1317d ago
So if I understand this article... these things no make sense in real life, but most are logical (even the author says so for some) and justifiably, which in turn makes sense as they're in fact logical. Thus I now want to know, how does logic make no sense in real life?
Palerbro  +   1317d ago
Why is everybody getting hung up and trying to be Mr. "Well THEORETICALLY this could happen in real life."

Quit getting hung up on the phrase real life. You know most of these are ridiculous, it's just the humorous way how you look at video games and notice that a lot of the things that happen have to be adjusted in order to fit the fact that its a video game.

Are you saving your progress in life? Are you pressing triangle to turn in your expense reports? Why do you think Chappelle's Show did a skit about Grand Theft Auto. Because the game is so exaggerated as to real life. Cars don't explode after 4 bullets hit them, and people aren't just wandering up tossing a guy out of a car and jumping in while the guy just stands there spouting one of 3 pre-programmed catch phrases.

Just take the article for what its worth and enjoy the humor. I for one thought it was a decent article.

Another one to add would be Final Fantasy. Picture two groups of ppl in high school getting into a fight and they all stand there, swaying back and forth, waiting turns to hit each other lol.
Khan_k  +   1317d ago
What a whiner, games aren't real life duuh!
jc48573  +   1317d ago
but Dante is not human.
M4Nt1C0RE  +   1317d ago
Nor was he the first to double jump. Also the scout in tf2 is human and can double jump...
danieldeath  +   1317d ago
Well that's what makes them games in first place.
Kurt Russell  +   1317d ago
Games would be pretty poor if these 10 gaming norms didn't exist... I wouldn't waste my time worrying about it.

10 movie norms that make no sense in real life.
10 book norms that make no sense in real life.
10 paintings that make no sense in real life.
M4Nt1C0RE  +   1317d ago
Who's worried?
psyxon  +   1316d ago
I know this is going to blow a lot of people's minds, and will seem extremely farfetched... but games... aren't real....
Hawkred63  +   1316d ago

Next you're going to tell us that Santa isn't real and that there's a world outside my basement.
Colonel_Dante  +   1316d ago
Um.. maybe Im weird but...
most of those make sense in the real world..
I mean, College is alot harder than the first grade.. and marriage.. well.Yeah.
PersonMan  +   1316d ago
There are plenty more things that are in games that don't make sense but NEED to be there or the gamer would be lost.

HUDs and maps on your screen
Health bar
Text on the screen
Having no feet or floating up ladders in FPS games
Enemies all know exactly where you are somehow
Hacking computers by pressing one button
Slow motion action sequences to make shooting easier
You can usually absorb many bullets and look as if you're not even hurt at all.
Cops don't care if you run red lights or speed (GTA)
Controllers do not feel like guns
specialguest  +   1316d ago
Number 11: Endurance
Video game characters could fight endless battles without any fatigue.
Hawkred63  +   1316d ago
Pffffft, so can I.
Flatbattery  +   1316d ago
Just like Hollywood science but worse, who'd have thought it?
mastershredder  +   1316d ago
Now let's do the reverse. 10 real life norms that make no sense in gaming.
clearelite  +   1316d ago
Hrmm.... health regen, insta-respawn....a bit too common imo and almost always inappropriate for the story and context of the situation.
#18 (Edited 1316d ago ) | Agree(0) | Disagree(0) | Report | Reply
problemchild84  +   1316d ago
Does Crash pick up apples? I always thought of them as mangos.
Derpy  +   1316d ago
Funny article, I enjoyed the read. That said, we play games to escape from reality for a little while, so there's no reason they should confirm with reality. Still it's always funny to compare game norms with real world norms.
Slashnez  +   1316d ago
Thus, Video Games.
juegosmajicos  +   1316d ago
If I told a joke about airplane food being bad, some of you guys would run straight to Wikipedia to do some research on the veracity of my claim.
MilkMan  +   1316d ago
Just wouldn't be games without them.

Add comment

You need to be registered to add comments. Register here or login
New stories

Xenoblade Chronicles X Review - Nintendo World Report

8m ago - Nintendo World Report: I don’t tend to play games for extended periods of time – between work and... | Wii U

Lack of Piracy Killed the PS Vita

11m ago - Jason Santuci writes, "As Sony pulls the plug on first party Vita development I feel they didn’t... | PS Vita

HotLiked - What the Internet is talking about right now

Now - Kill some time at You will regret it... | Promoted post

“Night City Assault” alpha demo hands-on impressions - The Gaming Ground

12m ago - Xtra Mile Games 2D story-based beat-em-up/RPG/Metroidvania game "Night City Assault" has a lot of... | PC

5 Indie Titles Prove 2D Still Lives

12m ago - Carl Williams writes, "2D is a rarer and rarer occurrence, especially on consoles. That is sadden... | PC

Five Games: Just Cause 3 And Everything Else You Need To Play This Week

13m ago - Rainbow Six, Just Cause and Xenoblade Chronicles X in the last big Five Games of the year. | PC