Blog Post for Week Nine

How the gameplay went according to my expectations: Coming into Lego: Lord of the Rings this week my only expectations were to continue to get further in the game.

Duration of my gameplay: Roughly two and a half hours playing Lego: Lord of the Rings

Title of the game(s): Lego: Lord of the Rings

Platform: Xbox 360

If any other members of the gaming community took part: All of my gameplay this week was solo play, but my brother did play co-op with me for a short time.

Welcome to week nine 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.

Moving this last week gave a chance to go through all of my games before I put them into a box. It was then that I saw Lego: Lord of the Rings and remembered that I was oh so close to finishing the game before I went to Lego: The Hobbit. Before playing Lego: Lord of the Rings, I knew very little about the LOTR series in general. But, got into it after watching the first movie in the series on Netflix and when I saw the game on sale at EB Games a few days after.

In Lego: Lord of the Rings, my reaction in the moment was one of confusion as there were a few times when I wasn’t sure what to do. After spending too much time on something that was right in front of me, I was happy to get to move on. After playing this week, my only thoughts were that I wish there was more background story for those players that don’t know the series as well as others.

Since I didn’t have much time to play this week, I wanted to make sure it counted by furthering myself towards completing Lego: Lord of the Rings. Before I played Lord of the Rings this week, I was feeling a little anxious about all the upcoming work I have to do in the next week or so. For that reason, during gameplay I was able to relax and enjoy my game to take my mind off of things. When I finished playing, I was left with a feeling of wanting to continue to play but instead had to start on some homework.

Upon reflecting on my gaming habits, a majority of my games are sports-themed. One of the reasons why these games are my favourite because of realistic they are and how they even can be enjoyable for those who don’t follow a specific sport closely. I really don’t follow basketball and football (if fantasy football doesn’t count) that closely, but quite enjoy playing the two video games. This popularity in sports-themed games is even noted by Crawford and Gosling when they say “in 2006 sports-themed games made up 17% of all console-based games sales—second only to the all-inclusive category of action games” (“More Than a Game: Sports-Themed Video Games and Player Narratives.”).

Works Cited

Crawford, Garry and Victoria K. Gosling. “More Than a Game: Sports-Themed Video Games and Player Narratives.” Sociology of Sport Journal, vol. 26, no. 1, Mar. 2009, pp. 50-66.

Lego: The Hobbit. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. 2014. Video Game.

Lego: Lord of the Rings. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. 2012. Video Game.

Xbox 360. Microsoft. 2005. Console.

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