Saturday, 23 February 2013

1up Blog #53: Gaming Comfort Zone (02/19/2010)

Comfort food is what you eat every day. It’s quick, easy, and comfortable (duh!). Cooking a fancy gourmet meal may be the most delicious choice rather than whipping up the same sandwich you make everyday and hey, it’s something new. However, it also time consuming, unpredictable, and worst of all, requires mastery. Maybe today you’ll just stick with that sandwich.
It might seem hard to believe for some, but this same philosophy applies to gaming. Sure, we don’t need to "consume" games in everyday life to survive (though some might believe so!), but as a gamer, we find the time in our lives to play games and we will play till our "hunger" is satisfied. These games for the most part, live under the same definition of quick, easy, and comfortable. Here are the games I consider in my comfort zone:
A game I play at least a few times a week is the easiest example and Halo 3 is one such game. After more than two years, it’s amazing how I can still pick up this game time after time despite never truly being addicted to it. Part of the reason for this is my affinity for all things Halo: the games, books, and various videos that I must have. This has been going on seven years now. As far as the main, Bungie developed series goes, I find the games easier than any other to dive into. Be it single or multiplayer. Even if it’s just for 20 minutes, at least I’ll have decided what to play by the time I’m done. Halo 3 will eventually be dethroned... when the next Halo comes out.
Still, to be in my gaming comfort zone it does not need to be played on a frequent schedule. If there’s a certain food you eat once a month, I would consider that the same type of comfort. A game like Panzer Dragoon Orta is a game I finish and play every year, in one sitting. This is most easy, because the game can be finished in a quick 90 minutes! Still, it has been seven years since the game released, and finishing any game seven times, well, it better be good. Panzer Dragoon Orta is damn fine, and never fails to get me in a good mood at the end.
Other examples would be FFVII, Ninja Gaiden, FF Tactics (the latter two being deviations from the "easy" definition), and hopefully, that list will keep growing. Of course, I couldn't stress how important it is to break from your comfort zone (How could you learn anything new?), but that is not the point of this blog. What are some of examples of your gaming comfort zone?

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