I was recently sipping on some lovely French beer when a coworker of mine asked me what video games impacted my life, every year of my life, for the last 10 years. It was a daunting task and I ended up just narrowing it down to about five meaningful games in my life because I realized something: I haven’t beaten a lot of games. I play a lot of games. A TON of games. Some games I have thousands of hours played. But I don’t beat a lot of games. I haven’t seen the ending of several pieces of software I own. This threw me for a loop.
In part, I believe this is because of the types of games I play. I tend to play games that are competitive or open ended. In competitive games, your success hinges on each round that is played, while in open-ended games success is whatever the player defines as successful. For example: if you win a game of Rocket League, I do not believe you have beaten the game Rocket League. If you build a house in Minecraft, maybe that is winning. Or maybe it isn’t. That one is much trickier because it is player dependent. Sometimes games like that can’t be “beaten” in the traditional sense. So looking back at my gaming resume, I can clearly see that I have not beaten a lot of games.
I believe the types of games I enjoy have limited my gaming experiences. I normally view games as a way to train and become better at something; gaming is a series of goals towards mastery. However, this preference limits the amount of total experiences I take in as a whole. I tend to avoid games that are single-player and story-based. These are exactly the types of games that have endings. Thus, I have not beaten a lot of games. This is something I want to improve. I have a Steam library chock-full of games. Some are good, some are inevitably bad, but I can’t know until they are completed. I have hundreds if not thousands of hours of entertainment opportunities that I have not given a chance yet. I believe in the near future I’m going to start diving into these games, for better or for worse. Even Siskel and Ebert watched a bunch of terrible movies. If I want to be an expert, I’m going to need a lot more experiences, so why not start now. Hopefully I can get some reviews of them up here as it slowly happens and perhaps you won’t have to endure installing and trying out a random game you got in a Humble Bundle you didn’t know about. Or maybe it will be a hidden gem. Who knows! And I guess that’s the point.
I want to know.