Phoenix Gaming aka Gamer = Time to Play?
The problem I’m having is the fact that I seem to have no time to play, which sucks because (unlike D) I really want to finish Zelda, but I have to sacrifice the time I would use for that to play Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction. I haven’t even had enough time on that game to write about it adequately. And soon Assassin’s Creed and Mass Effect will be here and what am I supposed to do then? It leaves me thinking, do I only play games when the title is so good it forces me to forsake all things to focus solely on playing it ala Bioshock? That seems…Unpleasant to think about. It makes me think that I am only a sometimes-not-really-gamer-only-when-it-suits-my-fancy. I don’t like to think of myself as that.
Yet, being a “born again” gamer – I dislike that term, let’s think of a new one – but being a Phoenix Gamer maybe my need to game correlates directly with only playing titles I know will make me immensely happy. There’s not enough time to play duds! I think in this GO GO GO world we live in being a gamer requires a lot of personal sacrifice with your time. You can’t take your time cooking meals after work if you want to get enough hours in on a game, you can’t read a book, you can’t hang out with friends who are not gaming, and you can’t spend time with your significant other if you need to crack into the first few chapters of a title like Bioshock. This is frustrating. Kids and teens can game almost endlessly, but what about the older generation?
At the Guitar Hero II launch I was playing with a wonderful woman named Guin. She was rocking that plastic plaything like nothing else and I asked her how she got so good. Her answer: she plays every night with her husband. They play a variety of games together ever night, a true gamer home! I was flabbergasted and more than a little envious. This was a partnership of two gamers who loved to play and who spent a dedicated amount of time each day to the pursuit of that play time. Is this the answer? Does an environment of pro-gaming encourage more gaming? I have every console and handheld in my home and still I find it hard to sit down and play. Am I really that ADD?
When I was listening to the WoW Radio Station show Octale & Hordak Vs The World they were discussing what it meant to be a gamer. Octale stressed that in order for a guild to truly function and for players to get the most out of their raids they had to commit to a time to play and show up. This commitment was the key to being a gamer. You say you are going to play and you sit yourself down and you play. I think that in this new world of gaming, where there’s almost too much to play at one time, you do have to treat it with that kind of respect one would give hockey practice or running or yoga or martial arts. You need to put in the time to get back the rewards of experience. I’m not talking XBLA points here, I’m talking about the absorption of the stories we play, gaining the skills and the knowledge to play your best in online arenas, and the personal satisfaction knowing at the end of the day you are a gamer because you have put in the time and you have finished what you set out to achieve.
Veni, Vidi, Vici