Good day, everyone! While I work on additional Westworld posts and a few other secret projects, I wanted to toss out some thoughts to let you all know I’m still with you. My focus for today is my new Xbox.
I consider myself a hobby video gamer—I casually play strategy and role-playing games, for fun, usually alone. First-person shooters and sports games don’t really interest me. I also care foremost about a game’s story, with fun, intuitive gameplay coming in second. I am currently working my way through The Witcher III on my Xbox and Starcraft II on my computer. I care nothing about chasing trends or having the latest, fanciest hardware.
Do you know why? I don’t care what a game looks like. I don’t care if a game is running at full 1080p HD, or whatever the peak is now. I’m turning 30 this year; I remember when Pac-Man and Super Mario Brothers were the most graphically complex games you could play.
I don’t know if it’s a benefit of maturity, but I can play the original Starcraft, Final Fantasy VII, Planescape: Torment, Mass Effect, or now The Witcher III all with equal relish. I remember 15 years ago when people argued over the godlike graphic superiority of the original Xbox over its competitors—an era when the Playstation 2 was my console of choice (and at a time when I could only afford a single gaming system). The following generation, I switched to an Xbox 360 because I wanted to play Mass Effect (Bioware’s console offerings were Xbox exclusives in those days), and I’ve remained loyal ever since. I’m still building up the same player profile I started out with on my 360 on my One S.
I love my One S. It’s basically a cheap gaming computer I can connect to the Internet and my TV—something we’ve been promised since the mid-90s, ironically foremost by Sony, if memory serves. I don’t care about being taken seriously in the gaming community, nor do I care about being sneered at as a casual player. I game to have fun and enjoy stories through yet another medium.
Why do you game? Please keep gaming system specification comparisons out of your answers. Let’s be grownups about our shared hobby. Strike up a conversation in the comments below.
Note: Featured cover image artwork by Jakub Rozalski, who is awesome and loves the Witcher. Visit his site here.