Thursday, October 1st, 2009

I Miss Gaming

July 27, 2009 by Amy Tucker  
Filed under Gaming

ps3-controllerI was really first bitten by the “gaming bug” when I was in high school.

My first love [insert flying doves and shit here] was a huge gaming nerd who was in love with me but whose first love was Lunar: Silver Star Story on the Sega-CD.

Up to that point in my rather dismal gaming life, I had only played the occasional game of Mario Brothers or Duck Hunt and played WAY too much Lion King on the Sega Genesis [DON'T JUDGE ME!].

Since I wanted to keep boyfriend interested in me and I liked spending hours at a stretch in front of the television, I let him talk me into playing Lunar. The boy even loaned me his prized Sega-CD.

Within ten minutes of sitting down with Lunar, I was officially hooked and playing the game quit being so much about pleasing the boyfriend and became about the wonderful story. Lunar was my first experience with an RPG and that is a love obsession that has lasted LONG after the first love was left in the dust.

Before I had kids, I would spend HOURS playing video games.

My usual choice was RPGs though I occasionally dipped into games like StarCraft, have been known to play a round or two of online Call of Duty:4 and have a tendency to become obsessive about all things Sims franchise related.

While I was at a blogging conference this weekend, I started thinking about what I was going to write for “work” and I realized that I haven’t really played a video game in I don’t know how long. The closest that I’ve come to being immersed in a game was Fallout 3 and before that it was Oblivion but I haven’t played Fallout in a month or two.

I don’t know if life has just gotten in the way or if I’m lacking a game that inspires me but I WANT to love gaming again. Actually, I never stopped loving gaming…I just stopped having something to love. I want to get back that feeling that I had with Lunar where I cried near the end – the game moved me THAT much. There was a time when I could listen to one of the themes from Lunar and it would take me back so strongly to playing that game that I would get emotional all over again.

Where is THAT game?

Right now, I don’t care about co-op. I don’t care about any online components or DLC. I want a story that connects with me. A story that grabs me by the shirt and makes me want to spend hours on it. That makes me miss it like a far off friend once I’m done with it.

I hope that game is out there because I miss gaming.


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7 Responses to “I Miss Gaming”
  1. Robert Sanchez (subscribed) says:

    I feel that games these days feature more on the graphics and connection side rather than on the story itself. With millions of dollars for funding, it wouldn’t hurt to give some of those money to pay some really good writers.

    Regarding Lunar–yes I was one of their fans as well! I enjoyed the anime scenes as well as the voice acting. It may not looked as good as FF7 during that time, I found it to have more replay value.

    Did you play Chrono Trigger as well?

  2. hi says:

    I know you said you like RPG’s, but Uncharted has a GREAT storyline. And I’m sure Uncharted 2’s will be even better.

    • Amy Tucker says:

      Loved Uncharted. It was like a movie but in a game format. There was no replay value and it was a short game but sometimes short games aren’t necessarily a bad thing. :)

  3. Lee Newton says:

    I know just what you mean! What frightens me is it’s not really the games aren’t doing enough, it’s that I’m done with gaming and don’t want to admit it to myself. So I keep picking up the latest titles that interest me, play them sporadically for a couple of weeks, then forget them. That’s if I turn the 360 on at all. All in the hopes someone will create that magic game that brings it all back, but I think it’s on me to get there and not the other way around.

    • Amy Tucker says:

      I KNOW there has to be a freakin’ awesome game out there. There has to be. Right? *crosses fingers*


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