Let me get this out into the open but I’m not a hardcore gamer,
BUT!! I love games and the escapism that they bring and the desire to complete something. I’m a kid that grew up with Nintendo game & watch, the series that brought Donkey Kong and Mario into our lives. I treasured these handhelds and was fortunate enough to go to America regularly so when the Gamboy came out I got the now considered bulky device in all of its monochrome glory. Colour soon followed, but my attention by this point had migrated to the Sega Mega Drive and Sonic. Soon this was followed by the SNES which rocked throughout my Uni days with Striker, Donkey Kong Country and Killer Instinct ruling my life.
In part here lies the key thing, life and games is largely a sole pleasure, the acceptable face of self release without needing kleenex, although I admit the stench that you still get from the single males in Game at a weekend is not too dissimilar to that odur. Ok, so I digress, but my point is that gaming a a relationship are not easy bedfellows. I was lucky in that the woman I married already had a kid and kids are a wonderful reason to continue gaming. Want a N64? Of course you do and you are getting one for your birthday. By the way when you a re in bed I will be playing Zelda and whatever Star Wars game we have managed to bond over.
However, where does the console live? Usually under the tv in the living room if you are of a certain age where you have your own place and are in an adult relationship. But its this location and the mix of the relationship that strains the gaming culture and you become the lonely gamer at night trying to finish that bloody level quickly so you can creep into bed without causing much disturbance (and grief) to your other half.
Now divorce brings many changes to a persons life and mine brought a divorce party in Ibiza, a new PS3 and a Wii for good measure. I played these to death, but here is the thing 2 consoles and multiple games and a desire to buy as many new games as possible has led to the situation where I confess to never having finished some of the games that I got in that first month. Heavenly Sword, can’t even remember where I put it. Metal Gear Solid, loved it but the storyline is so convoluted that I have started it 4 times to get the full cinematic experience. Have I finished it? Hell no, but at least I know where it is. However, some series like Uncharted and Resistance Fall of Man I have played and played and played and finished too.
Largely though I have a set of games that are unfinished and what can only be described as a bloated PS3 that I can’t install new games onto without deleting the saved memory of ones that are not finished. So why don’t I finish these games? Answer is I really don’t know apart from my own conclusion in that I am bored, tired, jaded by the repetitive nature and uninspired story lines that most games seem to have. Have a successful franchise? well guess what that software company will stick it into you relentlessly because gamers have seemingly become too stupid to demand creativity and freshness in their gaming lives. Maybe thats it though, as my trip to Game last weekend proved, there is not much fresh about a male gamer.
So this is where I look at the new updated consoles as not being relevant to me. Do I want a PS4? Yes! Duh, but for me its not next gen enough for me to salivate over and mobile gaming! sweet lord mobile gaming, my new panacea to my jaded gaming soul. In part 2 I will go into a bit more detail of why the PS4 or the Xbox One are not important enough for me and why mobile and the future of mobile gaming really does get me excited.