Help a non-gamer understand (30)

1 Name: Anonymous Gamer : 2007-11-18 16:16 ID:1r6F+0uv

I'm not trying to troll. I did manage to play a few games in my day and even completed one of them without cheating. The ones I liked the most were Stunts, American McGee's Alice and Need for Speed something. Other than killing time I truly can't understand gaming as a hobby. So you fire up a computer or a console and kill pixels and polygons in a scripted game and invest about 50 hours at least into it? Or play an online game for 70* hours of not so exciting gameplay just to level up a character? I don't get it...

I used to play Albatros18 online golf game and it was fun. Is that truly the only answer? If so - I should learn to loosen up a bit and learn to have fun.

2 Name: Anonymous Gamer : 2007-11-18 18:19 ID:+Fdh0F19

Definition of Hobby:

An activity or interest pursued outside one's regular occupation and engaged in primarily for pleasure.

Some people get into gaming to hone their skills so they can make money in gaming tournaments. But, that's when it goes from being a hobby into being a career/LIFESTYLE, BABY.

3 Name: Anonymous Gamer : 2007-11-18 18:32 ID:2yL4lVa5

I just finished God of War about 10 minutes ago...I play games because I can't cut people up in greek mythology in real life. Simple answer, we play games about things we can't do in real life, thats why its more than just pixels. and some of us like the story

4 Name: Anonymous Gamer : 2007-11-18 20:58 ID:0o5KGkdM

In other words, all gamers have an urge to kill things.

5 Name: Anonymous Gamer : 2007-11-19 03:20 ID:zt13tWF4

Experience the fast and dynamic combat

6 Name: Anonymous Gamer : 2007-11-19 21:41 ID:1r6F+0uv

>>5 Like the online fragfest that is Frozen Bubble? :D It's fun, simple and fast when going against other players online.

7 Name: Anonymous Gamer : 2007-11-20 22:17 ID:h/5D3lN0

>>2 is right

8 Name: Anonymous Gamer : 2007-11-20 22:51 ID:Ki9KmnJ0

Some would argue all men and women do.

It's not always an interest in killing (probably not most of the time), I'd say a love of competition is more affecting. People play games like Counter-Strike not because they want to kill people, they just want to compete in an area where their skills can be tested.

9 Name: Anonymous Gamer : 2007-11-21 07:16 ID:2TwsOyri

I've played Ninja Gaiden Black for over 140 hours now, according to the information on the statistics screen. For me it goes like this: I game for a few hours to either get my brain up to speed or to relax. NGB in particular is a good scratching post for the sort of "zone" concentration that's very useful for a programmer.

But yeah, I'd think that for all but the hardest core, for most of us "gamers" it's just a thing we do. Like watching TV for some people, yet they aren't called "televisioners".

10 Name: Anonymous Gamer : 2007-12-02 06:37 ID:CyXKDWgo

Why do people play games? Why do people do sports? Why do people even bother living?

The answer to all of these is probably the same thing.

11 Name: Anonymous Gamer : 2007-12-04 17:07 ID:kHXKXYC0

Because I enjoy it.

I wish I could give a more in-depth answer, but honestly, I can't.

I finished Assassin's Creed, and I felt great when I did.

I enjoyed it.

Video Gaming is fun; it can be explained in a more complex way, but in a nutshell, that's what it boils down to.

12 Name: Anonymous Gamer : 2007-12-06 13:10 ID:C3SdG4aL

Because suicide isn't actually painless.

13 Name: Anonymous Gamer : 2007-12-07 00:00 ID:dMqmzin+

Neither is living.

14 Name: Anonymous Gamer : 2007-12-07 11:41 ID:C3SdG4aL

Well then, we're even. Solution? Don't live nor die.

15 Name: Anonymous Gamer : 2007-12-08 00:13 ID:5S9LkoCZ

I play FPS games because I'm a young boy who may shoot up a school later in life.

Actually they're just fun.

16 Name: Anonymous Gamer : 2007-12-08 18:02 ID:qe87lCay

This thread made me think a lot.

I'm a non-gamer, but I have extremely fond memories of playing some games, especially Sonic 3 & Knuckles, Spyro the dragon, and Spyro 3.

But for each of those, I also remember dozens of games I picked up that just frustrated me or seemed to have no depth, and I couldn't get into them at all. I wonder if it's just coincidence + nostalgia or whether, if I tried, I could find other games as magical as these. (If anyone wants to recommend something, I'm listening.)

Anyway, I also used to play shmups, and puzzle games, and Stunts, for the time-killing purpose, so I know exactly what >>1 is talking about there, too.

17 Name: Anonymous Gamer : 2007-12-08 18:24 ID:MlzP/J1K

>>16 That's why you do your research before you buy a game.

When you do the "back-of-the-box" method, like I did when I was young, then you're obviously going to find a lot of shit games.

Read reviews, watch trailers, and make sure you're willing to buy it. Or you can rent it, to sort of "test the waters". If you don't like it, wasting five dollars beats the hell out of sixty dollars.

18 Name: Anonymous Gamer : 2007-12-08 18:33 ID:QLIWo/i1

Unlike most gamers, I am kinda attached to some games I have played. Some particular titles that I really liked are Fallout2, Soulreaver2 and outcast which I played when I was around 11-13. all of these games gave me the chance to try and experience something new, you know the sense of adventure that you rarely experience. My background is kinda not normal, lets just say that I was in an environment that is considered by most people as very tight and invasive, playing games in those times was a great escape from the awful reality I lived in. I'm really happy that I had the chance to and don't feel that I waste time or anything.
I still play games, but they don't catch my attention as much as they did before.

19 Name: Anonymous Gamer : 2007-12-09 21:56 ID:eAbw/BQw

> Read reviews

Reviews are all bullshit, when you look at the magazine/website and realize they're advertising the very games they are not-so impartially reviewing.

> watch trailers

Video game trailers are Pornography.
This is especially the case with Square-Enix, Blizzard, and others too.

20 Name: Anonymous Gamer : 2007-12-10 23:11 ID:qe87lCay

>>19 then how do you recommend getting informed about games?

21 Name: Anonymous Gamer : 2007-12-12 02:53 ID:eAbw/BQw

i dunno... pirate them first?

22 Name: Anonymous Gamer : 2007-12-12 05:03 ID:xBBfvbe+

Definitely renting them first. I wish I had done that years ago. Would have saved me a lot of pain.

23 Name: Anonymous Gamer : 2007-12-12 13:46 ID:C3SdG4aL

Stores in my local area don't stock anything for a Nintendo console. Sucks majorly. When asked why, they say it doesn't sell. Of course it won't sell IF YOU DON'T SELL IT.

24 Name: Brother 8 : 2007-12-12 15:09 ID:XLLWcxbE

the trick to finding a game that strikes your fancy is to find your local OG; (original gamer in this case) you find an OG and hope he has had enough experience and has enough connections with other OG's that he can help point you in the right direction. I for one would be happy to help out a budding gamer and show him/her the ropes. =P

25 Name: Brother 8 : 2007-12-12 15:11 ID:XLLWcxbE

that was for >>19 btw =P

26 Name: Anonymous Gamer : 2007-12-13 05:21 ID:stgminLP

>I'm not trying to troll.

all copypasta starts with that. how about not using it to avoid confusion.

27 Name: Anonymous Gamer : 2007-12-14 10:39 ID:ShILb3P4

a demo exist for some reason people

like the over-hyped hellgate: london ???
i got myself a beta key for their multiplayer, yet when i download the demo for single player, i was utterly dissatisfied to a point giving the key to someone else

28 Name: Anonymous Gamer : 2007-12-14 13:19 ID:C3SdG4aL

Games don't always have demos though. And sometimes the demo is 100% FMV.

29 Name: Anonymous Gamer : 2007-12-15 01:46 ID:Qbs8+ZGL

>>1 It's fun. Play nethack for a while.

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