Comfort Zones And Lots Of Blood
Life is full of difficult aspects.
No one will know what lies ahead and no one will know what lurks around the next “happy-looking” corner.
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The various alleyways disguised as fine-detailed carnival rides assuring you everything will be fine. The betraying feeling of…. (I’ve once again been advised to carry on without turning this into a philosophical jive. You are here about games, dammit!)
Difficulty. OK. Go!
I’ve had the opportunity to play games this past weekend on a platform I am not nearly familiar with and difficulty was something being immediately apparent. We can opt for changing the word: “difficult”, to something more along the lines of: “something one needs to get used to”.
That’s right everyone; I played a Wii game.
Seeing as how I like my games with added red, I immediately grabbed the chance to see and play Madworld. The idea of killing people and earning points is nothing new. Bulletstorm had us flinging guys into various cacti and many barbed objects in exchange for upgrade points and credits to buy ammunition.. However, presented as a type of game-show with commentators talking about the efficiency of the player to sex and I’m sure I heard penis in there somewhere as well; I’m inclined to stay fixated on the game. Not because of the penis and copulation aspects mentioned by the commentators, but rather the absolute absurdness of it all. Absurdness in a good way. (Not good in a way to convince non-gaming people that gaming can totally be filled with mature and thought-provoking narratives and complex decision making.)
I’m not going to lie. I was absolutely horrendous with the controls. It’s still a gaming system, but it was totally out of my comfort zone.
Put me in front of a console or PC and I’m good to go with most games. The Wii, however, didn’t afford me my comfort zone. I was quite enjoying the impalement of various muscular tough guys on several hooks with ridiculous amounts of blood and a “Sin City-look” to boot, while waggling a remote around to repeat the satisfying impalement. (I’m sure that sounds really mature…)
Which brings me to my question dedicated to you this week: do you enjoy trying games / gaming platforms out of your comfort zone?