Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Video Games

I've never been a huge video game guy.  Sure, I grew up with an Atari and Pong and then got a Nintendo and played Super Mario Brothers but I was never very good at those games.  In fact, I was consistenly put to shame by my little brother who is a bit of a wizard when he has a controller in his hands.  After a year or two of using up all of my lives over and over, I pretty much gave up.  I would just sit beside my brother and watch him play and try to help him figure out any puzzles that would pop up in the games he was playing.  The only time I would grab a controller was for a sports game.  That's still true now.

Until Sunday.

On Sunday I decided that it was time to replace my broken down PlayStation 2 with a PlayStation 3.  I didn't get it because I really wanted to play some video games, but mostly because it it also a BluRay player.  However, I do have one game that I love to play - NCAA Football '09.  I bought it.  As I was in the game aisle, I noticed that a game called Assassin's Creed was on sale for $30.  I'd seen the commercials for it and thought that it looked pretty cool.  I bought it even though I knew that it was not the type of game I like playing.

It took me a few minutes to get the PS3 set up and I decided that I would give Assassin's Creed a try.  Of course, I ended up playing for the rest of the night and was disappointed when I had to go to bed.  Just like a little kid. 

The beauty of this game is that the controls are very simple.  Fighting is done with only one or two buttons, weapon switching is very easy and sprinting around on the tops of buildings and climbing up walls is a piece of cake.  The reason I struggle with most games is that you have to remember a ton of button combinations to perform the simplest tasks so when it gets down to fighting time I just mash the buttons like a twitchy freak.  If I kill someone it's mostly by accident.  Plus, most games focus strictly on fighting.  In Assassin's Creed the focus is on stealthily sneaking up on your target and then running the fuck away.  I'm good at running the fuck away.  I'm not so good at fighting.  Therefore, I'm pretty good at this game.  I got this game on Wednesday and I've assassinated six of the nine targets already.  Then I ran the fuck away.

Now, don't think I'm suddenly going to be spending hours playing World of Warcraft or Metal Gear Solid or Gears of War with a bunch of people online.  I don't think I'll ever do that.  I like to play games by myself and not worry about some twelve year-old picking a fight with me and kicking my ass.  My brother has done that enough for everyone.  However, it does mean that I'll probably buy the sequel to Assassin's Creed.

In the meantime, I'll always have NCAA Football '09.

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