I wish it was still easy to be a videogamer. I’m so tired of all the fighting and bickering happening whenever a new console sees the light of day, a new game hits the shelf, or a large gaming company goofs-up something.
Why do we have this instinctive need to criticize and bash on something that others enjoy as a hobby? Is it jealousy? Greed? Covering up our own insecurities, or even a case of Schadenfreude?
Whatever the case might be, I long for the simpler days of gaming – a time when video games were enjoyed for their own sake and it didn’t matter what you played or which system you played it on.
Being an avid Nintendo gamer I’m always dragged into this longstanding and laborious argument of why Nintendo is doomed and why I’m not considered a “real gamer”. By the way, people have been telling me that Nintendo is doomed since the Wii launched in 2006.
“Hardcore” gamers always argue that the most recent instalment of Mario is just a rehash of a long-gone franchise, despite the fact that they haven’t touched a Mario game since their fong-kong “TV Games” days.
It’s usually the same breed of gamer that celebrates the iconic green 1-UP mushroom as the symbol of modern gamers, but single-mindedly argues why only kids should play Mario games. Perhaps they don’t see the irony.
The next worn-out argument that’s thrown my way is the classic “I don’t like motion controlled games”. Yes, the Wii was filled with gesture controls but it became so popular that even Sony and Microsoft tried (and failed) to copy the concept into their own systems.
Besides, if you’ve actually touched a Wii U or 3DS game you’d know that motion controls have become a thing of the past and is only used as a novelty here and there.
Speaking of the Wii U, isn’t it funny how the only console that brought anything new and innovative to the table is stripped from of its “next-generation” title?
Look at the PS4, Xbox One, and the Wii U. Compare them to their respective predecessors and decide which one changed the most, and which two stayed almost exactly the same.
“But my console has 12 cores and 32 GB of memory and can play Call of Battlefield 9 at 120fps!” I hear you assert.
Consider the mobile generation and how popular games like Angry Birds and Temple Run became on very limited hardware. A good game isn’t defined by its appearance, because that’s just a façade.
Nintendo never relied on graphical superiority to sell their games, because frankly, they don’t need to candy-coat their games in order to make them appealing.
The Wii U allowed Nintendo to start dabbling with high-res visuals and it has been pretty good so far, but by no means the selling point of the console.
If you choose one console over the other because it plays a particular game at 1080p instead of 720p then you’re missing the bigger picture and brainwashed into comparing the trivial.
Where is the long list of exclusive titles and one-of-a-kind experiences?
Also, being sold a disc of textures and requiring an 8GB day-one patch is daylight robbery and you’re a fool to keep on paying for incomplete games.
As a last recourse the standard “Nintendo games are too colourful and easy” stance is revived – assertions regarding maturity follow.
Granted that Nintendo games are usually bright and cheerful, they’re anything but easy.
Modern gamers are so used to being spoon-fed checkpoints and receiving instant gratification for making it through the level that most struggle to complete Nintendo’s games.
Have you finished any of the new Donkey Kong games? Try wasting over 50 lives on a level and then tell me how my colourful game isn’t “hardcore”.
But I’m digressing from my point. I’m genuinely tired of having console debates and arguments.
I really don’t have to convince you to like Nintendo or buy their games. You should be allowed to play and own the genres and platforms you enjoy, without being condemned.
All I want is to stop arguing with shallow minded gamers who haven’t got their facts straight. Go and play my games before you criticize them, just like I play yours too (and actually end up liking a lot of them!).
Keep your preconceptions to yourself; life’s too short to spend time arguing about each other’s gaming preferences.
Now shut up and get back to your games.