How the gameplay went according to my expectations: Coming into Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens my only real expectations were to find a few hidden easter eggs, and I succeeded.
Duration of my gameplay: Roughly two hours playing Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Title of the game(s): Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Platform: Xbox One
If any other members of the gaming community took part: All of my gameplay this week was solo play.
Welcome to the final entry, week twelve, of BoScorvat’s gaming blog! To start this week’s entry I am going to discuss why I chose the game that I played during this last week and how the title came into my gaming world. Additionally, I will explain my reaction to the game in the moment and if I had any thoughts afterwards. I will also describe how gaming has affected me before, during and after I played. Finally, I will discuss what I have learned about my own gaming habits.
To continue with my Star Wars theme as of late, I chose to play a little of Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens. With my countless hours spent the week before playing Star Wars Battlefront II, I thought it would only be appropriate to also re-watch the movies the games were based on. The game came into my gaming world after I saw the promotion of it at my local games store and the pre-order bonuses it came with.
In Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, my reaction in the moment included a little bit of confusion and as I knew there should have been a collectable in a certain place, yet I couldn’t find it. After, cheating, and searching it on YouTube, I found what I was looking for and got drawn into replaying a couple missions. After playing this week, my only thoughts were of satisfaction that I was able to find some more hidden collectables and to fully re-complete a couple levels.
With the end of the semester quickly descending on me, I didn’t have much time to play this week but that wasn’t stopping me from getting closer to 100% completion in Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Before I played Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens this week, I was feeling a little anxious about the end of the semester finishing quite soon. For that reason, during gameplay I was able to relax and enjoy my game rather than worrying about homework. When my time was up for this weeks gameplay, all I really wanted to do was to to continue to play.
This habit is one of my lesser known habits since I only tend to do it when I am playing alone. It is that I make strange faces when I play video games. The time when my most interesting expressions occur are if I am on the verge of clearing a difficult level or score a beautiful goal, turning my face up into excitement or disbelief that that could have happened. In one of her TED Talks, Jane McGonigal explains that these emotions on a gamer’s face only when we are on the verge of an “epic win” (“Gaming can make a better world.”).
McGonigal continues by describing that “an epic win is an outcome that is so extraordinarily positive, you had no idea it was even possible until you achieved it. It was almost beyond the threshold of imagination, and when you get there, you’re shocked to discover what you’re truly capable of” (“Gaming can make a better world.”). I know on many occasions I have encountered what McGonigal describes first hand.
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. 2016. Video Game.
McGonigal, Jane. “Gaming can make a better world.” TED. Feb. 2010. Lecture.
Star Wars Battlefront II. Electronic Arts. 2017. Video Game.
Xbox One. Microsoft. 2013. Console.