Video Games- Why EVERYONE Should Play Them!

This is a post/page for one of my favorite things in the world- video games! Actually, I don’t know if I’m uninterested in any media outlet (a.k.a. I love everything!) But I do know that one of my favorite things to do is play video games. I’mma be  listing the games I have and why I play them before going on and making pages for games I have finished and games on my wishlist (then books-including BL- would be next, and that’s all for my pages and stuff, yay!)

video-games-reality

To be honest, I’m not quite sure why everyone doesn’t play video games, especially if you read books or watch television. It might be because people equate modern video games to games like Pacman or Pong, but, and sorry to burst the bubbles of gamer jocks, those were mindless pasttimes that I equate with very simple board games. Of course, every once in a while those things are fun, and they are that which modern games stem from- but to figure someone a bit odd for making a game like Pacman or Pong major part of their lives wouldn’t be too unfair.

Theeen we come to games like Skyrim and I’m just wondering where everyone is at.

The most common complaint I get from those who don’t play games- besides the nerd factor- is that there is too much going on. So, like, laziness. Second most common complaint? Nothing is really going on. Ironically, this comes a lot from people who read or watch TV. Third one, they don’t have time to play video games, which really gets me from every single person who’s said this to me because they have time to watch TV or go out.

It’s mostly me. I hate to feel that I’ve missed out on a good lesson or story for little reason like video games seem like a lot of work.

At one point, I did believe it was impossible for me. It was around the time my brother was playing Spiderman. I tried playing it, I really did, but I just couldn’t figure it out. I’ve played Mario, a little Zelda, Donkey Kong and Power Rangers, classics, and thought, I guess I can only play easy or, at least, straightforward games, and I found little enjoyment in them since I found little point in their straightforwardness when I could read Harry Potter and yaoi. I played Super Smash Brother Melee, Soul Caliber II and Tekken 4, and found a love for fighting games (and fighting- martial arts- in general) and the stories of the fighters, but nothing spectacular.

video game Resident_evil_zero

And then we rented this game for a couple of days. I was surprised to come across a storyline and movie-like sequences, while all the time I had to work towards the end. I didn’t beat the game but I hungered for more. My brother borrowed or my parents rented these games (before hitting a religious hill and all that stuff was blown away).

After that low part of my life, I began playing the storylines of fighting games in earnest, asking for games for Christmas, or borrowing or buying my own.

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And I’ve fallen in love since. As you can probably see, I was mostly into good-looking games, nothing raunchy, ugly, or non-anime cartoony, really. After playing House of the Dead: Overkill, I’ve mostly changed my mind, and play more ‘realistic-looking’ games like Far Cry or Skyrim. Plus, these games have story and funness and are actually quite beautiful. Unfortunately, this has expanded my interests beyond the pale, but, oh, well.

Criteria for games (and anything else)

I go after games (and anything else) based on certain criteria, but it’s not just one little thing then- hell yea, go for it. Except for very special cases. And I pick things like how I would pick characters to fight on Fire Emblem. Let me show you (and bore the rest of you away):

video game Ike stats

Does he look familiar? He is from “Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance” (and this is Radiant Dawn).  Those are his stats at being a Lvl. 20 Vanguard (anyone out there? haha). He has ridiculous health (HP), Strength (Str, duh), Skill, Speed, and sort of Defense. However, he’s pretty low on Magic, Luck, and Resistance (to magic). So if someone with high Skill, high Magic, and high Luck came up against him, he might get seriously wounded. And this was Endgame for Radiant Dawn, so he might get killed, and game over. Still, with his other stats, he is a ridiculously good player. Keep him away from magic users, if possible, and he’ll live.

For video games, here are some Stats that I look for: Looks (I like beautiful games, but would need some seriously good stats in other areas to play non-anime cartoon games), Genre (I’m biased towards fighting, horror-gory, and adventure games), Makers (this is not to exclude games, but to include them. I would never not buy a game- or watch a movie or anime- or read a book just because of the creators, unless they are just bad people. You know, I wouldn’t buy anything by Rush Limbaugh because he’s a fucking hell-bent demon), Gameplay (again, I like fighting- but “Virtua Fighter”, “Dead or Alive”, and “Mortal Kombat” are hard to play- and MK is fucking ugly- so I haven’t really played them. I also really like FPS and rhythm games.), and Story (This was how I get into ‘uglier’ games like “Skyrim”. I saw a friend playing it and was, like, wait! What happens next?! And now I’m- once more- a Lvl. 50 character looking for all the Stones of Barenziah)

video game togainu no chi

So, Looks, Genre, Makers, Gameplay, Story. Like Ike, a game could be seriously lacking in one of these stats and still get my okay. For example, BL games like “Togainu no Chi” here have you basically going through a story making choices to get your character to  end up in love/having sex with someone. Other than Looks and Story, there isn’t much to the game. But there is enough, but BL games that are ugly won’t have enough, no matter the story, so I don’t play them.

Here are a list of games that I have and why I’m playing them/why I haven’t finished them. They are in no particular order of recommendation, and I pride myself on my collection of games. :D

Skyrim
Skyrim

I still have  much more to say about why I play “Skyrim”. There’re enough stories on the damn game that have me coming back just to hear them all over again. A fantasy setting with a sort of Germanic leaning, plus you can adopt children and hunt and build houses- so really awesome. I got the game mainly based on the stories and genre, but the gameplay is pretty intuitive, and it looks freakin’ gorgeous most of the time, even if the glitches AND bugs can be a fuckin’ bitch. On my second run through, I tried not picking up any books or necklaces, just in case they are for quests. There’re multiple bugs that, if you pick them up before the mission, they won’t leave your inventory and/or you can’t complete them. Then there are the glitches where you’re swimming in a lake and then the water starts fucking up and you can’t move. Plus, it freezes every once in a while. Still, Solstheim has made it all worth it (plus that guy you can hire in the inn there is the best ‘partner’ you can have in the entire doggone game). I’m a Lvl. 51 Khajit that loves her sword and bow.

Fire Emblem: Awakening
Fire Emblem: Awakening

Thank you, Mattie, for introducing me to the Fire Emblem series. This is the third one I’ve played. It’s high in all my aforementioned stats. Basically, it’s like laying chess, moving characters one by one, each with their own special moves and strengths and weaknesses. Each character has their own story (in Radiant Dawn, there was a bit of a dumbing down with storylines for each characte, probably because it was a sequel to Path of Radiance). Plus, in this game, they can get married and have children. I love the story very much, and doubt I’ll ever like it less. My favorite characters are Gaius, Libra, Sully, and Tharja.

Final Fantasy 13-2
Final Fantasy 13-2

“Final Fantasy 13” was the first Final Fantasy that I beat on my own. I had gotten it because it looked gorgeous and I told myself, if I can go through turn-by-turn in Fire Emblem, Final Fantasy would be a piece of cake. Oddly enough, they had changed it up for 13, and I FREAKIN’ LOVE IT. First, I’m trying to trigger that yellow thing that I forgot what it was but makes the enemy weaker, and then the enemy starts up its effin’ cheatin’ supermove so I have to switch to a paradigm to heal and protect. I didn’t care about how straight it’s gameplay was- ‘cuz, you know, I play other games that are like rulers- and I pretty much loved all the characters except Hope until he finally forgave Snow, and then I loved everybody! 13-2 continues that, and I like it for the most part. I don’t really like the monsters and partners thing, and would rather have Fang and the others, but I get it. I’m trying to beat this now so that when Lightning Returns comes out, I can do something about it. I love nearly anything by Square Enix, too.

Far Cry 3
Far Cry 3

I heard it was like Skyrim with guns. It is, to me. Down to the repetitive enemies, though “Far Cry 3” has repetitive allies, too, unless the allies are special. (A lot of allies in Skyrim have the same voices, though they look different- except if they are special) What I especially like about Far Cry 3 is that it forces you to be sneaky a lot. In Skyrim, once you get Glass armor, at least, and a few special weapons and spells- you can clear out even a big fort with little problem. Enchanted Dragonborn armor with dozens of spells, shouts, and weapons, and even the boss of the Dragonborn DLC was pretty meh. Far Cry has people with guns, big guns. And, oddly enough, they still hurt a lot even when you get stronger. Even if you have seven bars of health, that will do shit against five bad guys that can knock off one and a half each. Plus, I like this guy trying to save his friends on a horrible island. I’m taking my time with this because this doesn’t seem to have the ongoing play like Skyrim has. Not enough good side-stories, really. Oh, yea, it’s gorgeous.

Soul Caliber V
Soul Calibur V

I’ve played all of them (even Soul Blade). This one was just as gorgeous as the others, and I like being able to do a superpowermove nearly at whim. The story part sucked serious balls, especially as this was a good chance to fully introduce a bunch of new characters arriving over a decade after Soul Calibur IV. Still, between customization, beauty, and flawless gameplay, I shouldn’t complain about this awesome fighting game.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Tekken Tag Tournament 2

I’ve played all the Tekken except for the first one. As a fighting game, I haven’t nearly gotten the hang of it, despite how long it has been out (it’s now on WiiU for goodness sake!). It doesn’t really have a story mode, but it’s pretty! I traded Tekken 6 for it, and I’m still okay with it! I just wish I could really get a groove with it. I got it for gameplay and looks.

King of Fighters XIII
King of Fighters XIII

The stories are aaaaaaaaaamazing! They went through so much trouble for it, I’m flabbergasted! It’s pretty hard to play, since I have to get out of my box to play as other characters if I want to know everybody’s story ending. Though it’s not 3d, it’s still fun and beautiful and amusing.

Blazblue
Blazblue

To be honest, I have no fucking idea which Blazblue I have. I think the first one? In any case, it’s pretty much ditto from “King of Fighters XIII” except with even harder fighting styles, and they talk too damn much while fighting!

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3

Sooooo pretty. Sooooo nerdgasmic. The gameplay is freakin’ nuts, and when I find my groove, no one can freakin’ stop me! My favorite team is Dante, Hsien-ko, and X-23, but I’ll play any good-looking character (that locks out people like Magneto and Deadpool, most of Marvel side, really, haha) that’s not too short and is not Chris, Wesker, or Ryu.

Dead Space
Dead Space

Yes, that is the first “Dead Space”. I’ve watched the movies, but I can’t bring myself to finish the damn game- it’s too scary. And now the third one is out and I’m like, what am I doing?! It’s gorgeous, the mystery is insane, and the gameplay is impeccable. I just want to be creeped out less and have more ammo.

Resident Evil 6
Resident Evil 6

The main reason I still play this is because I want to beat Ada’s campaign with my brother, and he mostly plays Black Ops, and I really want higher scores in mercenaries. I loved the game itself (Favorite line: “Better calm that puppy”), especially playing from three different angles and getting the whole story afterwards (except, you know, Ada). Plus, it’s gorgeous, great gameplay, yadda yadda yadda. I’m pretty sure you know I love the damn series.

Castlevania- Lords of Shadow
Castlevania- Lords of Shadow

I played a Castlevania game, I think on Gamecube.  I remember the voice acting being pretty terrible? Anywho, none of that to worry about in this game. I haven’t finished it, though I know the main thing that happens, which reeeeeeally sucks. Plus, the sequel is coming out and I’m like uuuuuugh. I wished it had a more anime-like art, like the earlier games, because it looks more like art and not just realistic. I mean, I get that and all, but I like art. It’s still gorgeous, the setting and plot just my sort of thing, and lots of stuff to do with gameplay- riding spiders is soooooo much fun.

Dead Island
Dead Island

Another game with its sequel on the way. Zombies, shooting, gorgeous. Reminds me of Left 4 Dead and Skyrim sort of. Very gorgeous. I mostly like the balance- non-infinite weapon use, very limited ammo, smart zombies. I was hooked with the commercial though. You know the one.

Skyward Sword
Skyward Sword

After not playing Wind Waker and a couple other games between this and Twilight Princess, I got this. Then my niece destroyed my Wii, so Skyward Sword is collecting dusk and I’m glowering at its case. Gameplay is wonderfantastical, as you might have heard even if you don’t play games. Plus the story is great and Link is given more of a personality here, so, all’s good. My brother has beat it so, gr.

Devil May Cry 4
Devil May Cry 4

This one is pretty funny, because I’ve already beaten Ninja Theory’s Devil May Cry , and then again with my sister (including Vergil’s Downfall, and looooooved it!). But DMC4 got scratched, and I have to do this waxing thing every time I want to play it, so, yea.. Beautiful and fun and all that good stuff. Plus Capcom. Plus freakin’ Dante~~~

Harvest Moon- A New Beginning
Harvest Moon- A New Beginning

A cute game where you make friends, raise farm animals, grow crops, fall in love. I’ve played HM Magical Melody, Another Wonderful Life, Tree of Tranquility, Tale of Two Towns and Animal Farm. I thought I would get bored of it but… Nope… Nope, still playin’. Still playin.

Dance Central 3
Dance Central 3

You know what this is. It’s fun as hell. I have 2 and 3 actually, and switch between the two because I don’t want to pay for importing. A game that I can say, without a doubt, I’m pretty fucking good at. That’s probably because it’s basically muscle memorization, and I play instruments and sports so, yea.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy

Oh! The nostalgia!!!! At least for 7 onwards (and Terra’s theme is my favorite Field music, One-Wing Angel and Defiers of Fate my Battle music loves). Again, another game I’m pretty damn good at, muscle memory and all that

Well, that’s the list of the games I’m playing. I’m waiting for a good paycheck to buy TEAHOUSE Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider, Last Guardian, Tales of Xilla, Project X Zone, Dead Island: Riptide, the Final Fantasy X remake, THE WALKING DEAD SEASON TWO!!!!, Watch Dog, Assassins Creed 3 (and freakin’ 4! Goddamn!), and The Last of Us- plus all the others I’ve mentioned.

Got and recs or need for some, I’m ya’ girl~ Happy Playin’!

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