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Friday, May 17, 2013

Play what's FUN, not what you think is COOL.

I just wanted to rant a bit about some people that are pissing me off. See, I'm a gamer, a lot of people are. Games used to be somewhat limited in their type. Mostly hardcore, difficult to win, lots of sports and shooters and platformers. Move from left to right while random objects try to kill you, etc. These days, games come in an absolutely gigantic variety. Hardcore, casual, 2d, 3d, indie, far too many for me to list in a reasonable amount of time.

Even if you think you aren't a "gamer" you probably are and just don't realize it. If you've played anything that even remotely resembles a game on facebook, congratulations, you're a gamer. A lot of cable and satellite boxes have games or game channels, too. And if you play those? You're a gamer. Cell phone games? Even extremely simple ones? Yep, gamer. Games have evolved into such a rich medium that they encompass everything from the 100 million dollar epic down to something as simple as the most basic, one-man indie title.

My point is, there are a LOT of different types of games. What's getting on my nerves are these people who think that certain gamers are "cooler" or "more mature" than others. That some games are just for kids and shouldn't be played by anyone over a certain age, often for the most ridiculous reasons. I'm not talking about some kind of ABCs-123s teaching game, I mean anything that's colorful. Anything that looks like it could have been a Saturday morning cartoon. Something that wouldn't horrify grandma into a coma.

I'd like to say that it's only young, childhood gamers that do this, and it often is, but not exclusively. Plenty of people of all ages fall into the trap of not playing a game or even giving it a chance because it's cartoony and colorful. Everyone wants CALL OF MADDENFIELD BROWN WARS XTREEEEME because they think a game like Kirby or Mario is too colorful and therefor only for children. These type of people are one of the biggest things wrong with gaming today. Good games with incredible gameplay get overlooked for reasons like this, it's just not fair. It hurts the entire industry when good games sell like shit sandwiches because they aren't dark and about shooting.

Whenever I see a Youtube video of a game like Kirby or Kameo and the comments section is filled with "DIS GAME IS FOR CHILDREN CALL OF DUTY IS A REAL GAME" it makes me sad, and also makes me wish people like that would all get cancer, and die. You should be willing to give anything a try, whether it's ULTRA BROWN MILITARY SHOOTER 12 or a colorful game about a fairy who turns into a plant. You're only lessening your potential fun if you only play what you think is "cool" or "mature." If you're one of those people, do yourself a big favor and start trying some of those games. You might be surprised.

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