Why Video Games Are Special to Me
One can literally categorize gamers in so many different ways and for the most part, you probably wouldn't be wrong. There is no definite way to categorize us as gamers because, at the end of the day, we are all enjoying an interactive medium that is like no other.
A book is there and is meant to be read from front to back, and sure, there are many things to look at between the lines but that is all left to the imagination. When watching a movie or a TV show, you are watching it through the eyes of the director and that is the only way to do so. You can also hit play on a movie and whether you watch it or not, it is going to play all the way through. A book will always have the same amount of words or letters in it whether it gets opened or not, and music, well you get the idea.
But when you pop in a game and start it, you may not even make it past the title screen. And sometimes you might not even make it past the title screen, just ask any Metal Gear Solid fan about the first time they popped in an MGS game.
A game is very rarely played the same as others. Just put four people side by side playing a game as simple as Pac-Man and see how differently they play the game. They all won't go the same way, especially since Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde decide to go different ways themselves, you have to strategize differently.
This is the very reason that gaming is so special to me. Which takes me back to my first sentence of this post, that you categorize gamers in many different ways. Something I want to get a little deeper into but not right now (actually, this article was meant to be specifically about that but I started drifting into a different topic). I for one, do not like to get every collectible in a game because that just makes it feel like a chore to me. For some folks though, it is the only way to play.
The gaming media is here to stay for a very long time, and I cannot wait to see how we as gamers will interact with them in the future. VR, I am looking at you.
What makes gaming so special to you? Let me know by tweeting @Solid_Duff or going to my Facebook page, Solid Duff Gaming.