Many people enjoy video games. In fact, I play at least one game almost, if not, every day. While that Classifies me as a Gamer, That does not mean I like everything the stereotype says Gamers like. In fact, I go against everything in that label. Today, I’m going to be talking about an odd subject: How I’m NOT a Gamer, and the labels that are placed on me.
First off, let’s talk about the elephant in my head: Not every single gamer likes Shooting games. am one of them. The violence that is exuded from any game that uses some form of lethal weapons is just something that I am not against, but also not a fan of. Think about it. Doom was highly talked about for, among other things, the graphic content in the game. Today, however, things like those shown in game is considered tame. We have moved on to far more gruesome imagery; but I digress. Back to Shooting games. The genre is ay oversaturated. When I was 7, 8 years old, I saw commercials for almost every single type of games: Platform, puzzle, racing, and the occasional shooter. What do I see when I turn on the TV today? GTA 5 (My one exception to this argument), Call of Duty, Killzone, Battlefield, and that other M-rated game that you assume Gamers really, really like. These kinds of games offer me very little entertainment value for them to warrant ownership by me. Game genres like these, especially the FPS genre, are becoming way over-saturated, and generic (Again, GTA 5 is my one exception), and with the multiplayer being all the focus, I feel like that they are forgetting the main focus of the game, The story and the single-player experience. Speaking of which, let’s talk about that now.
If you’re like me, you don’t spend a lot of time playing online, and when you do, it’s usually for short bursts. I prefer the local multiplayer, because it feels so much more fun when you buddies are in the room. When I don’t want to play in multiplayer, I stick to the one player modes. This is where FPS games fall apart for me. I recently got Sonic Lost world for my Wii U, A heavily criticized game on a console many ignored, and I absolutely loved it! The game gives me a challenge unlike any other Sonic Game before it, even though a couple of levels go overboard on the difficulty. The controls, while quasi-awkward at first, are pretty responsive, and I can see why they slowed down Sonic for this one, unlike Sonic the 2006 edition. And the story and characters: OH, MY GOD! It is amazing and provides comic relief at just the right time. As for Call of Duty: Ghosts a highly acclaimed game on all of the next gen consoles, screwing Nintendo, I watched the promotional videos for it… and found nothing. No interesting story, no eye-popping scenes, nothing. What those advertisements said to me were “Hey, Do you remember Call of Duty? This game is exactly the same, just with prettier graphics and different maps!” *Yawn* I’m going back to play Meteos. Let me know when the gaming market isn’t over-saturated anymore with shooters.
Now it’s time for the one stereotype about gamers that really strike a sour note for me: Gamers are not lazy bums that are consistently angry, and we do not just sit around playing games all day. I am a high school student. I must learn to balance the works of Don Aker and William Shakespeare with the joys of Mario Kart, Metroid Prime, and littleBIGplanet. I can’t just sit still for 5 seconds either, as I constantly move my legs when I am sitting down. And as for the anger issues, did I swear once during this entire article (except for maybe “screwing”)? No, I kept my calm, and explained my stance on the situation of “Gamers”. We are not all anger-inducing. We are not all gun-crazed. And most of all, not all Gamers are men! I sincerely hope that I have made my point clear.
Given the low views of this blog, not many people will ever read this post. But If you’re still here, I would like to ask that you help spread the word. Maybe people will finally listen, maybe they won’t, but they should realize that not all Gamers are Gamers, If you understand what I mean.
Thanks for reading.