Nathan talks about the games he plays, and also about how these games reflect how he is as a person.
Our gaming choices generally come from ourselves, or rather, our personality and traits (along with our interests). You can probably learn a lot about yourself through the games you play, and I decided to try that today.
Some of my favorite games… they’re mostly all sandboxes, RPGs or open worlds. Minecraft. Skyrim. Mass Effect. Just Cause 2. Heck, even the huge maps of Battlefield 4 to an extent. I love these games. What does this say about me as a person? It says I like to explore and discover new things, and I like to make my own mark in the world, showing off my uniqueness in ways that linear games can’t do. This is all true. Ever since I was little, I used to love going for walks in the wilderness and seeing what I could find. It also shows off my creativity and love of storytelling, which is something these games really manage to pull off, and is one of the reasons these games are so popular. I’m that guy that brags about my virtual adventures at the water-cooler. Yup, I’m that guy.
“I’m that guy that brags about my virtual adventures at the water-cooler. Yup, I’m that guy.”
Most of the other games I like, like Portal or retro adventure titles, represent my love of problem solving and seeing things through different ways. I like messing around with something, getting stumped and then figuring out what I was doing wrong. I guess I kind of like learning.
My anonymous friend isn’t like that so much, and hates puzzles. He prefers linear action games like Knack and multi-player shooters like Call Of Duty. I think this comes from his desire to always strive to get better at something. He’d prefer to raise his kill/death ratio to exploring a new world, and that is also a perfectly legitimate way to game. I’ve never been a particularly competitive guy, especially with twitch-related stuff, but wow, he is. It’s almost a shame he was born a little too late to experience the very early days of the arcades, as I imagine he’d be the competitive guy always pumping quarters into the machines to try and raise his high-score.
“It’s almost a shame he was born a little too late to experience the very early days of the arcades, as I imagine he’d be the competitive guy always pumping quarters into the machines to try and raise his high-score.”
Another interesting thing to note here is that most of the games he likes, besides some games like Knack or whatever, are multi-player titles, whether they be online competitive or drop-in co-op. For the most part he can’t play a game alone and he has to have somebody talking to him over the mic for him to keep focused in the fight and not get bored. He’s a social guy. Me, not quite as much, as I am mostly a single-player guy.
Well, I think I learned a lot about myself today (as well as my friend), but now I think it is your turn. Some time when you’re bored, take a good overall look at the type of games you play, and think long and hard about what the majority of your selection says about you. You might just learn something. Of course, I’d love to hear about it, so feel free to comment with your findings in the comments. Game on!