Wolf’s Wicked Words: A New Gaming Epoch We Enter
A new gaming epoch we enter; another season of gaming we leave behind.
I would love to provide more than a few thought-provoking analytical statements about the past year in gaming, however, I leave you only with the following acutely hermetic words of: “It was fun.”
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So many people fall prey to the New Year resolution-lusus naturae resulting in a mind full of impractical ideas and goals, not necessarily realising that it’s a year filled with more or less the same amount of responsibilities hovering over one’s head, if not more responsibilities. Don’t misunderstand – I’m all up for people wanting to own up and be more efficient and productive in the New Year, but I counter-intuitively decided to go with the direct opposite of that. Before I get all smug about how I’m going to accomplish that and end up being a hypocrite this time next year; let’s just say that I’ll report back in 2015 if the Earth is still intact and see if it turned out as I had hoped. For the record, it certainly is gaming related.
Procrastination aside, I do have something to share with you. For various reasons I didn’t have as much gaming time as I would’ve liked in order to spend in these alternate worlds, but I did have the odd times where I had the chance to play “small” games, be it Little Inferno, Papers, Please or a number of games on my phone such as Jetpack Joyride, Badland and Rayman Fiesta Run. Not the most hardcore of gaming-related holidays, but it managed to fill the gaming void.
In an indirect way, this reminded me of the power of “smaller” games out there that we so easily forget about. This industry have us clamouring for the next big budget title on the horizon and recently demanded our attention to focus and only focus on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Sure, new hardware is great, but I am not of the sort that is able to quickly forget about all the “smaller” gems already out and about alongside their last-gen brethren. (I use the word “small” not in a condescending way. Remember, the deadliest of poison comes in small vials.)
I’ve been swift in the past to dismiss mobile games and perhaps the indie crowd even if I enjoyed games more than once in both aforementioned fields, but this past holiday demanded me to reopen my eyes and remember the power of the small gaming vials.
It is in human nature to overlook the fine details and while I am no innocent in this, there is this tremendous hankering to stop and smell every flower within my gaming reach there is to smell. Be it the indie tulip, the big budget triple-A rose or the mobile daisy.
A great 2014 to everyone and remember to have at least one eye open to appreciate the finer things in life.