If only it were as easy as saying, “I love Call of Duty, mate. Any time I get for some gaming, it’s CoD time!” Unfortunately my gaming tastes are so wide ranging that I don’t even know where to start! That is why I would call myself a gamer, and if you want to add another label, a core gamer. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy games that would be considered casual, it’s simply me saying, “I love games.”
But to give some sort of idea as to what kind of games I love, I can say that my favourite game series is the Legend of Zelda. If you told me I could only play one series ever again, without hesitation it would be Zelda, and if only one of those games, it would be Ocarina of Time (i.e. the best video game ever made). Honourable mentions go to the Resident Evil series, Mario, and the Rocksteady Arkham Trilogy.
Already you can see that my tastes are wide ranging, and I could not be bothered trying to list all the types of games I like, and would not want you to have to read that. I’ll maybe try and do a “Top Ten of All Time” article at some point, which will almost certainly contain more than ten games, ’cause really, how can you do only ten!?
What interests me most about gaming at the moment is the split between “triple A” games and indie games. It is a divide that confuses me, and I don’t really know how it has come about. If I were asked to name a mid tier game, something that is neither triple A or indie, I wouldn’t know what to offer. Having said that I think even the definitions of triple A and indie are getting so blurry, it’s almost impossible to shovel them into specific categories as people seem so keen to do these days.
Again, that’s part of a larger discussion which I would like to address in another article. For now, all I can say are games are what help me chill out. If I have had enough social time, and just need some time to myself, games are what relax me. Don’t get me wrong, there’s time where they get my pulse racing, but the escapism and wish fulfilment of gaming is unparalelled.
It’s strange how movies tend to excite me, and get me thinking so much more than games. That’s a very sweeping and unclear generalisation, the point I’m trying to make is they don’t help me switch off in the same way games can, and I imagine that’s something some of you can relate to.