My Backlog of Shame: Five Unplayed Games That Call My “Gamer” Status into Question

UM writes: We all have secrets. Some are dark. Some are deep, and full of shame. I trust you, readers, not to judge too harshly, and thus I will share some of my deepest, darkest, most shameful secrets with you here. We’re all friends, after all. Right?

I consider myself a gamer of the old-school variety. The oldest-school, in fact. I started shortly after Nintendo made itself known in the American market, and I’ve been playing steadily ever since. Hell, I still play the same MUD I started when I was twelve. That’s nothing but text, ladies and gents. It’s the step between tabletop games and World of Warcraft. And yet, even I have holes in my gaming history. I’ve missed out on playing some classic titles in the video gaming canon, if there is such a thing. Here are five of the most egregious sins from my (non)gaming past.

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KingWilly1052057d ago

I don't think there should be a list of games someone should play to be a gamer.

But then again, their tastes and worldview about gaming could be so radically different that it would be hard to have a conversation with them.

It's still weird to me seeing people that haven't played a Mario game, and boggling at the implications.

thirtyandnerdy2057d ago

I imagine it more-so comes down to feeling a certain "guilt" about not having played some of these titles. It's that same guilt people feel when classic films they haven't seen get brought up in conversation. (I finally watched The Godfather for that very reason, haha). For the sake of conversation, is it more weird to have never played a Mario game or not even know who/what Mario is? The latter, no? Haha.

GenericNameHere2057d ago

Mario is a household name. My mind would be blown a million times over if there's a single person above the age of 3 that do not know Mario.

dedicatedtogamers2057d ago

I agree. Not everyone can play everything, and not every game will be enjoyed by every gamer.

TuxedoMoon2057d ago

Exactly, the term gamer has way too many definitions amongst gamers that people THINK you need to do X to be a "real" gamer. By definition, a gamer is someone who plays and love games. There's no list attached to that definition or anything.

"You're not a REAL gamer if you haven't play FF7 or Kotor?"

"You're not a REAL gamer if you don't like COD or Dead Island: Riptide."

When gamers say things like that, it just sounds snobby and obnoxious. So what If I don't like Kotor or COD? It's just an OPINION. Your opinion doesn't make you any less of a gamer as long as you love video games and play them.

Looking at the article another way, I can understand that they might feel bad for not playing it. Going back to play old games is just hard for some people because either the game feels stiff or the graphics aren't very appealing. There are people that will not play something like Xenogears because the game is super pixelated...

DEATHxTHExKIDx2057d ago

I myself Have not played Kotor,MGS, or Myst.

ab5olut10n2057d ago

Not sure if kotor would have the same impact since mass effects release (similar game structure of collecting crew/visiting different worlds) but you should still give it a spin if you get the chance, it's hella good.

Pozzle2057d ago

Myst was one of the first games I ever played. Good memories <3

sloth33952057d ago (Edited 2057d ago )

played all of those games before but I've been gaming since the Atari 2600

Angeljuice2057d ago

I go back even further, pong clones in the 70's were my first experience of console gaming. Followed by intelevision and then Atari 2600. Played Mario a couple of times on NES and SNES, hated it and haven't touched a Nintendo since.

reaper242057d ago (Edited 2057d ago )

I also have never played FF7 or the first MGS. I'm reserving Final Fantasy 7 for a time when I have the opportunity to fully immerse myself in the game. I don't want to rush the game and play when it when I'm stressed.

Software_Lover2057d ago

It's really not all that. It was just a great game at a critical time for gaming. It was the first Final Fantasy for many people. I still remember the commercials for it. I had to have it.

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