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09 ottobre 2007

PC games are boring.



Recently I pointed out with my son that PC games, after you buy them, are almost free, and the gameplay is only time limited. In a video arcade you have rather a money limit, so playing PC games is more fun, because you haven't to worry for your wallet getting lighter.

I saw the first arcade games in 1980, the very first one being a car race (gosh) with a fake steering (but real enough), a gas pedal, and a whoppin' gamut of two gears (L and H)...
Then came Space Invaders, Pacman, Mario in all his flavors, and more, Star Wars with a fighter-like cockpit to immerse you in the game (very futuristic, very LucasArts, but so poorly realistic).

Then came Id Software, and when I saw Doom, running with dos4g in all his glory, I knew I will never ever spend a dime in a video arcade (I was 23). I have a strong dislike for fly simulators (too fake: the thrill in the flight is flying, like alcohol in beer - better drink tap water than alcohol-free beer). I have a strong dislike for adventures too. Adventure games are so time expensive, requiring hours and hours even for little advances - think about the beginning of Grim Fandango.

My interest was therefore captured by RPG-like games (once and for all: you can't have a real RPG playing alone, and when your PC AI will be sufficiently developed, well, you will be not alone anymore...). Diablo and Rainbow 6 helped me to kill some cumbersome hours, then I reached for the top with Deus Ex: Invisible War.

Stunning graphic, a convincing plot, easy to play (no: rifle and flamethrowers sharing the same ammo diminishes obviously your perception of a real story, but keeping account for ten or twelve ammos type is too far from the patience I'd like to put in a game, so why bother? I like to know the plot, feel part of your movie. I hate throwing away hours adjusting my inventory. And again, being short is not a defect, I left undone the first part (Deus Ex) for being too long.

And now, I cannot find a PC game sufficiently great (oxymoron intended) to spend all my three hours per year that I budgeted for PC games. Oblivion, Dungeon Siege II, Neverwinter Nights II are too boring for me. I just hope Deus Ex 3 will be as terrific as his predecessors.

Should I try a console? Should I get out more?

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6 commenti:

Sean ha detto...

Bleh, I've felt the same way for a long time, except my boredom with games spread across most electronic games - PC, consoles, and the handhelds. I actually feel kind of lost now that I don't have my old hobby to kill time. I used to love to game to escape from reality for quite a bit and, for me at least, it had long become a source of addiction and social withdrawal.

Decio Biavati ha detto...

Ok Sean: I will not try a console and/or an handheld, I should and I will get out more with my boredom-proof friends.

Thank you for stopping by.

oli ha detto...

I've found this, I think it has something to do with getting older. There are still great games out there, it's just that they don't reward like they used to.

My 11 year old nephew still plays them obsessively...

Decio Biavati ha detto...

@Oli: being 37 and behave like a 11 could help me to taste the latest FPS games? (I'm not quite sure... :)

Thank you for your comment.

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zahid ha detto...

nice post thanks for such a good post.