How the gameplay went according to my expectations: In Madden 17, the gameplay went according to my expectations as I won both my games. As for Halo 4, my gameplay went somewhat according to expectations since I was able to get past a few more levels on my way to completing the game.
Duration of my gameplay: About three hours (one playing Madden 17, two hours playing Halo 4)
Title of the game(s): Madden 17, Halo 4
Platform: Xbox One and Xbox 360
If any other members of the gaming community took part: All of my gameplay this week was offline solo play
Welcome to week six of BoScorvat’s gaming blog! To start this week’s entry I am going to discuss why I chose the games I did play during this last week and how the titles 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.
With my subscription to EA Access coming to an end in the next week, I chose to play a few more games of Madden 17 before it expired. It wasn’t until 2015 when I got into the Madden series because I had always had an interest in the series, but never thought it would be worthwhile for me to buy it. That was until it went on sale after Christmas that year.
Wanting to play the newest Halo game and completing Halo 4 got me back into the Xbox-exclusive series this week. The Halo series was introduced to me by my two neighbours growing up, where we would spend hours playing on their original Xbox. Although we spent the majority of the time playing 1V1, the characters, weapons, and vehicles were like something I had never played before. That is why when my brother and I first got our Xbox 360, Halo 3 was the first game I purchased for it.
For Madden 17, my reaction in the moment was one of calm. Since I have played the game many times before and won most of the games I played, I was able to sit back and enjoy a game. This isn’t the case often when you play video games, especially if you’re trying to win or get farther in the game. After I finished my two games, my thoughts were that I was going to miss the ability to play a quick game of football whenever I felt like doing so.
In Halo 4, my in-game reaction was one of excitement since I haven’t played in awhile. Although I had left off on a level I couldn’t get past, coming back to it now gave me a fresh strategy going into this week’s session of Halo 4. When I had finished playing, my thoughts about how I enjoyed the Halo series returned since I was able to get past those couple difficult levels.
Again this week, gaming was used as a distraction from chores I needed to do around my house and the midterms that are coming up. Since this was probably my last time playing Madden 17 and first time in awhile that I played Halo 4, I was trying to fit-in as much gaming time as I could. During gameplay, marching your team down the field to try to tie the game in Madden 17 and trying to destroy the gravity well with Master Chief in Halo 4 was nothing short of thrilling. When I finished playing both games, the feeling of gratification overwhelmingly filled me that I was able to complete the comeback and almost save Cortana in the Didact.
Reflecting upon my gaming habits I would say, that at one point or another, games do give me a sense of pleasure, particularly those that I enjoy playing. As Bradford writes, “games are worth taking seriously because they activate new forms of textual pleasure and new forms of sociality; and because, like other kinds of texts, their possibilities are never exhausted or their meanings ever absolute” (“Looking for my corpse: Video games and player positioning”). I find this be because I have unlocked a certain achievement, got past a level that was giving me trouble, or just that gaming allows to sit back and watch a story unfold from my control is just a few possibilities as to why a textual pleasure could be triggered.
Bradford, Clare. “Looking for My Corpse: Video Games and Player Positioning.” Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, Australian Literacy Educators’ Association, 1 Feb. 2010. Web.
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