Are Games “Fun” Even When They’re Not? And Is That a Bad Thing?

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Miscellaneous Monday: What’s Your DESTIN(Y)ation?

Today I thought I’d change things up a bit.  We here at the Chi-Scroller have lots of thoughts about all things gaming, and beyond.  Our interests go far beyond just our never ending PC vs. console debate.  So starting today (and possibly) each week, we’ll be sharing whatever random tidbits are on our minds.  So, here are some things I’ve been dying to mention on the blog that haven’t made in yet.

Diablo III is a really good game.  It’s been a while since I’ve seen a game that was so iffy at launch grow into such a beautiful flower.  With the removal of the auction house, the addition of rifts, bounties, and paragon levels, and now with the new seasons mode, it’s definitely a game worth checking out again.

As much as I claim to love Dark Souls, I have to admit that I’m just a tad disappointed after watching the gameplay trailer for Bloodborne.  I mean, ok, it looks awesome.  But it also looks and sounds an awful lot like a Dark Souls game.  That’s fine I suppose, but isn’t it time that From Software branched out just a little bit?  Don’t get me wrong here, I’m still going to play it (if I get a PS4 or it comes to PC), but I just really hope that it’s bigger step in a new direction than DSII was to DSI.

I was having a conversation with my wife the other day wherein I mentioned that I felt like movies were becoming very boring and that TV shows were becoming a far better form of entertainment.  There are so many great shows on, or getting ready to debut, that I just don’t know what to do with myself anymore.  We’re both big sci-fi / fantasy fans, so stuff like The Strain, The Leftovers, and Doctor Who are all right up our alley.  Plus there is Gotham and Constantine to look forward to, not to mention Grimm and Sleepy Hollow.  If that stuff isn’t up your alley, True Detective is incredible, Elementary is a hoot, and Netflix keeps the hits pumping with House of Cards and Orange is the New Black.  With all this fantastic TV, I really don’t miss movies at all.

We are officially eight days away from the release of Destiny, the game that seems destined (OH YEAH!!!) to be the talk of 2014.  I won’t be picking up the game on day one, but I am extremely interested to watch the zeitgeist.  I’ve been paying attention to details of that game only from afar, so there’s still a lot I don’t understand about how the game actually plays.  I’ve heard that it’s kind of Borderlands meets World of Warcraft meets Halo.  We’ll have to see though, but with Watch Dogs, another of 2014’s supposed big hitters feeling not so much like a home run, I’m really curious to see if Destiny fulfills it’s…wait for it…destiny.

It’s only September but I can’t help but be starting to feel hyped to cover this year’s game of the year race.  Last year our blog was very new when all of that happened, so we didn’t say too much about it.  This year though, I fully plan on weighing in myself, as I’m sure Chris does as well.  So far my frontrunner for game of the year though…Threes.  Ok, probably not, but still.  That game is fantastic.

Here’s How They Should Reboot the Tenchu Series

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Debate Club: “Quantity” vs. Quality

As Chris mentioned, this weeks debate club is definitely a matter of preference, and I totally agree with his point that we all have the option to play games in whatever we as individuals see fit.  Still, clearly I’m right.

While it goes without saying that playing more games in a given period gives a player more breadth of experience, nowhere does it say that breadth of experience is automatically better than depth of experience.  Furthermore, there is definitely no guarantee that the games that make up this breadth of experience will guarantee a better overall experience.

I’m not saying that playing only one game for your entire life makes for the most enriching gaming experience possible but I do firmly believe that a) not all gaming experience are equal and b) not all gaming experiences should be treated as such.  Some games treat players to a rich and long lasting gameplay experience that isn’t truly appreciated until forty plus hours in.  Games like Fallout, Skyrim and Dark Souls only really shine once you’ve begun to take in the true depth of their worlds as wholes.

Other games, while equal in quality, simply don’t require as much from the player in terms of time commitment.  The Last of Us, Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider are all good examples of fantastic games that simply don’t require huge time commitments to enjoy.

Beyond games themselves dictating what constitutes a worthy amount of dedication are the games that allow players to dictate themselves what feels right.  Competitive multiplayer is a great example of this.  What constitutes the appropriate amount of time spent in Call of Duty multiplayer to constitute having “played that game”?

Personally, I believe that to a large degree, players play what they’re drawn too and stick with that.  Some people really love competitive multiplayer shooter games.  Those people will pour hundreds of hours into Titanfall this year.  They might miss Watch Dogs, Destiny, and other notable releases because of this.  To me, that doesn’t make them wrong though.

I’m certainly a gamer guilty of playing games for excessive amounts of time.  I’ve pour hundreds of hours into Skyrim, Minecraft, World of Warcraft, and Diablo 3.  If I had put those titles down to play other games there is no doubt that I’d have experience a larger breadth of content.  That said, I’m pretty happy with the way I spent my gaming time, and again, I’m not sure breadth is necessarily better than depth.  Those four games I know inside and out, have enjoyed all they have to offer, and don’t regret a second I’ve spent with them.

As for the argument that playing the games listed above has prevented me from playing other notable titles, I’d argue that I’ve still found time to play plenty of other great games in the last few years.  Sure, I’ve been a bit more picky in terms of what I choose to play when I stray away from the big four, but that doesn’t mean I miss them altogether.  In fact, I really love great games that don’t require a ton of time to finish.  I played through Bioshock Infinite in a weekend, and it was a fantastic palette cleanser for me.  It gave me a chance to get out of my box and play something new and interesting, without abandoning my old staples.