Here’s the plan, and we’ll see how far it goes. Apart for this blog being a place people can leave comments or feedback about my artwork, (these posts are sure to come soon!) I also wanted it to be a place where I can talk about video games. I heart them long time. “Playing” them is my favorite form of entertainment. Yes even above punching midgets. When others are winding down from a long hard day with their favorite reality show, or CSI clone; I am enjoying a video game. I love the interaction, the problem solving, and sometimes the competition. I say sometimes, because the competition in Halo over XboxLIVE isn’t very flattering. Often I look at the next game I check out as a puzzle. How does this mechanic work? What makes it fun? Why did the designer choose to do this, or have me go here? What if I go the way they don’t intend me to go? (I thoroughly enjoy exploring virtual environments, assuming it’s allowed and not a game built on rails.) I don’t know how many others look at games this way, but I likely do it because I’m a developer and an artist. I enjoy the hunt for something beautiful that I haven’t seen before, or may be rare to others. I like to see what makes a game tick, and hopefully figure out how to do it myself. I don’t know where this curious drive comes from, but likely from childhood somewhere. It could have flourished from my desire to take broken electronics apart, or possibly the joy I had when I first found the hidden warp pipes in Super Mario Bros. Either way it gets me excited. All that is why I enjoy games want to review games and want to talk about them. I enjoy them immensely, and have since I got my first NES in 198…9? I was young!
For 20 years now I have been playing games quite religiously. Since then my life has changed quite a bit, and has put me into, what I think is, a more “real” demographic. Back then I mostly relied on my parents for new games. I did my chores for a couple months, and I would get a game. As I grew I got my own job, and having no responsibilities, I purchased a lot of games simply because they were new and the box art was pretty. Now, I have 3 kids, a dog, a cat, a new house, and a job. All this works together to determine which games I play, and ultimately what I look for in a game. I do a bit more research before I make a purchase. I look at things such as re-playability, amount of content, and what might set this game apart from other games that are out there, or ones I have played. In a way, I hope this helps me weed out the games I wouldn’t really enjoy even if I did have unlimited funds, time, and hard drive/shelf space. I hope this viewpoint allows me help others that are a bit more frugal in their game purchases, to extract the good from the not so good.