Stepping Outside Of Your Comfort Zone
We gamers like to stick to certain genres and never really differentiate from those genres. I’ve never seen an MMORPG player also playing FIFA for an example. For that matter I have never even seen an MMORPG player in real life ever. Guess it really is that addicting. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that we all have our genres that we love. I also have my little comfortable places in my games and I don’t often want to branch out. I love RPG’s more than anything and will play them to absolute death and I love me some shooter games because they’re fun. I never really left my comfort bubble for an extended amount of time because I didn’t feel like I had to. Recently I have played some games that are out of my usual genres and I found that I’ve actually enjoyed them to my surprise.
The first one is Metro Last Light. It’s not really out of my comfort zone because it’s a shooter, but it does contain a spectacular amount of horror which is a genre I have actively stayed away from. I don’t really like horror games because I don’t appreciate jumpscares and things that are considered creepy and messed up don’t really phase me at all. But Last Light pulled it off beautifully having me crap my khakis more than a few times and actually enjoyed it. The tense atmosphere and claustrophobic environment really got to me and I found myself completely immersed in the game. There was one instance in the game where I completely freaked out and had to pause the game just to compose myself. I don’t know if it was my headphones that really pumped up my heartbeat or just the intense atmosphere, but it really got to me. And I loved that. It was great and that’s coming from someone that doesn’t enjoy horror games.
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The second one is XCOM: Enemy Unknown. I’m really not a fan of any type of strategy game because I lack the skills to micromanage units and formulate strategies on the fly. I’m also extremely impatient when it comes to strategy games and that can be seen when I build an embarrassing amount of heavy units that can embarrass General Patton’s army before I could even gather resources, effectively sabotaging myself . But something just clicked inside of me when I played XCOM. I was formulating brilliant strategies (by my standards at least) and actually played smart for once. Once again, I loved it. I was so captivated that I played it into the morning hours knowing that I had to be awake early the next day. Strategy games are not my cup of tea, but I was willing to give this strategy game a chance and I loved it. I even took it seriously and didn’t name my soldiers Titty Winkel or Mike Hawk.
We gamers need to do this more often. Variety is the spice of life and that is no different with games. If you’re one of those people that only play frivolous shooter games then pick up a game with an emotional story for a change and see if you like it. The same can be said for any genre “elitist”. Differentiate a little and you might find yourself a happier gamer by the end of it all. Who knows you might even find a new favorite genre. I know this is tough to do because we, as human beings, like to stick to things that we like and not really experience foreign things, but just try it.
I’m still not playing FIFA though.