How often do you leave a video game unfinished? Perhaps it’s too hard? Maybe it’s boring? Or maybe just not your thing? There are not many games I have started and not completed, so perhaps a brief look at an example, along with the reasons why is in order!
If you’re familiar with my blog, it is probably quite obvious to you that I’m not always playing the latest games. To celebrate this, and because I wanted to write a post that’s (only just) shorter than an undergraduate essay, here is a brief look at the games I’m playing in October.
*Probably contains spoilers* *Definitely contains Mieu* Continue reading “Now Playing – October”
If I was to state that video games are increasingly focussed on multiplayer and online elements, you might ask where I’ve been for the last ten years. However, I still think that the concept and evolution of multiplayer games is an interesting topic, especially to someone as bad at video games as me. If you enjoy an easy victory then fine. But not being invited to be in friends’ raiding parties or Splatoon teams hurts. It’s like high school sports all over again. So here I want to look at multiplayer games that are fun to play even if you’re rubbish at them! Continue reading “Multiplayer Mayhem”
Rhythm action games are special to me. So let’s have a look at some well-known, and not-so-well-known examples and see how they address the question of difficulty.
WHY? That is all I could initially think of to say on this matter. Why oh why put ridiculous difficulty spikes into video games? Who thinks it’s fun to play a game for 60 hours, then spend another 30 just levelling up so you can defeat the last boss? Not me. Continue reading “The Difficulty Spike”
Do you know what I love? Easy games. But how do you decide if a game is too easy? Does deliberately making games easy lead to them being less fun? I’ve found that whilst games critics often praise games for being difficult, if a game is dismissed as being too easy, there can be an intimation that it is no fun. So here I want to celebrate games made with an understanding that being easy and being fun are not mutually exclusive.
First things first: Welcome(!) Thank you for visiting my gaming blog. After weeks of trying to find pictures of Rooks to use as the site’s icon (these things matter!), I’m very happy to publishing my first post. I want to use this one to explain a little about why I’m writing and what I may or may not be writing about. Continue reading “Being rubbish at video games – A Beginner’s Guide”