As most people who know me would know, I’m a child of the 80s’. Well, technically 70’s AND 80’s, but I think of the 80’s as my formative years. Back then, I used to be attracted to arcades – those quarter-munching dens of iniquity that blinked, bleeped, and blasted their way into your heart and mind all for the princely sum of twenty-five cents – back then, that was a fair bit of change. Of course, you just can’t buy as much with a quarter as you used to (and forget penny candy).
I still like games, and I enjoy playing them, but I’m finding more and more of them are kicking my butt with reckless abandon on a daily basis, and I think it’s because I don’t play them as much as I used to. I don’t know if it’s my attention span or not, but I just don’t seem to concentrate on one thing as much as I used to. Maybe that’s something I need to get checked out? There are also times I still get easily frustrated with a game – especially if you are hip deep in a mission, something kills you, and you have to start from THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE MISSION. No – no checkpoints or anything like that………go back to START (of that mission).
Yeah………that can get a bit daunting.
I’m not getting too old for gaming, because studies have shown that activities such as playing video games can keep your mind sharp. Of course, going out and seeing the world and paying attention can do that too, but when the weather does not permit it, it’s a good backup plan. I still have a fair stack of games that I have started and have yet to finish, and these games go all the way back to the PS1/Dreamcast/Xbox/Saturn days! Yes……..there are still some there I have not finished. I am close to getting the last few trophies in inFamous (the first one), and am working on completing Assassin’s Creed II, but those are the only ones I’m close to finishing right now.
I think if I found a vintage arcade somewhere, I could still lose a roll of quarters within an hour or two, but it would still be fun doing it in the process. I think that’s what’s sad about the demise of the arcade – people interacted, even though most of the time, they were staring at the video goodness that was directly in front of them. Maybe I just need to sit down and learn more, have some more patience, and learn all of the nuances of the games I play. Maybe then I could last more than a few minutes per turn and actually make some progress.
Tomorrow is another day, and Watch Dogs and Skyrim are beckoning for my attention. EXCELSIOR!