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My last Time with Demos installment was less than enjoyable. I hoped to remedy this with a genre I have always loved (I harbor no such emotions for MMOs) Real-Time Strategy. It may come as a surprise that I have never played a game in the Total War franchise. So, I figured that for this Time with Demos I would take the opportunity to try it out.
Recently Major League Gaming had a record setting event in Anaheim (a city probably best known for its 1992 role in the feature film The Mighty Ducks). They streamed over 35 million videos online, attendance was over 20,000, over 2.6 million hours of footage was consumed by viewers, and all of this between July 29th-31st. ESports is getting bigger, better, and more accepted by the general population. I, for one, love watching. I find it exciting and gripping. The way many of the games are played there can be 11th hour comebacks, and feats of strategic magic that are awesome to behold. Here are just a few of the reasons I love eSports:
You may recall my post a few days ago regarding the purchasing of Pokémon HeartGold for my DS. Well, I wanted to linger on that little event and tell you all a bit of a story. So here goes:
Why do we enjoy playing videogames? Do we play games to escape from our humdrum lives? Do we play to feel like superpowered gods?
I know that this is usually the province of Enigma, but I wanted to talk about it since I think that it shares some problems that overlap with the videogame industry.
I am looking forward to the Steam release of the game From Dust after playing through some of it at a friend’s house the other day. It is a pretty darn unique experience. Afterward, I pre-ordered it through Steam. After doing that I got to thinking: what are some of the other “out there” experiences that games have offered us in the past? So, without further ado, in my opinion, the games on this list are some of the most original and/or oddest found in gaming. They are in no particular order, since I feel like numerically ranking creativity is tricky at best. Enjoy!
Before I begin, I would just like to say in an appropriately dramatic voice that:
What is it that drives some gamers to try to attain perfection? Is it the thrill of accomplishment? Is for the sake of masochism? Or is it just to say that it can be and was done? Whatever the reason, the fact remains that many gamers seek to earn all of the achievements on Xbox Live or the Playstation Network or to get 100% completion on the newest games.