GamePlay Blog – Week 6

Tues. Oct. 10, 2017

Stats:
What game did I play?
GTA: Vice City

How Long did I play & what time of day?
11:40 am – 1:04 pm

Where did I play?
Home

Did I play with anyone else?
No

Analysis:
Did I play because I wanted to or because I felt I had to?
I wanted to

How did I decide what game to play?
I’m not ready to switch games yet

How do I feel about the game? (before & after)
Before: My last session was good, and it’s been fun replaying this game I’ve always loved. I can definitely tell though that it won’t be long before I switch to a different game. There’s been at least one time in my life where I cared enough to complete Vice City to 100%, but this time around I really can’t imagine I’ll be bothered to hunt for all 100 secret packages. When I feel like gaming, now more than any time in the past month I find myself considering other options for what to play. As soon as it ceases to be fun, probably once I finish the storyline, I’m going to start on a different game.

After: It was fun as usual, I could keep playing if I didn’t have other things to do. I’m glad I chose this game to play for my blog, despite the amount of hours I’ve spent playing it in my life, there are still some new things I’ve noticed or discovered. Going back through the storyline is a pretty significant part of the enjoyment, like rewatching a movie, but I wonder how much it could vary without taking away from the overall enjoyment of playing the game. I wonder what exactly causes me to label this one my favourite version of GTA — I’d probably say the nostalgia, the relative simplicity compared to newer versions, and the 80’s vibe.

Did anything unexpected or noteworthy happen?
No

Why did I stop playing?
I need to eat and have work to do

How much on a scale of 1-10 did I enjoy this gaming experience?
7

 

Weds. Oct. 12, 2017

Stats:
What game did I play?
GTA: Vice City

How Long did I play & what time of day?
2:49 pm – 3: 42 pm

Where did I play?
Home

Did I play with anyone else?
No

Analysis:
Did I play because I wanted to or because I felt I had to?
Mostly because I wanted to

How did I decide what game to play?
I’m looking forward to finishing it

How do I feel about the game? (before & after)
Before: Just as I remember, of the GTA games from 3-5 this one takes the least time to finish. Soon I’ll be done finished everything I want to complete, and I’ll move on to something else. It’s been altogether a pretty good and fun experience replaying this game, aside from the odd frustrating point or the game freezing.

After: Another good session, I had fun and all went well. I can tell I’m looking forward more and more to finishing and playing something else though. I think one reason I tend to play one game at a time is that if I start getting into something else I end up not finishing the first game, which is probably what would happen if I started playing a different game right now. Thinking about it now, I’d be willing to bet that I’ve spent more time playing the different GTA games than any other game or series of games I’ve gotten into. If I had to pick the next closest game, I’d probably say the Halo series.

Did anything unexpected or noteworthy happen?
No

Why did I stop playing?
Unfortunately I need to get ready for work.

 

How much on a scale of 1-10 did I enjoy this gaming experience?
9

 

Sun. Oct. 15, 2017

Stats:
What game did I play?
GTA: Vice City

How Long did I play & what time of day?
1:38 pm – 2:51 pm

Where did I play?
Home

Did I play with anyone else?
No

Analysis:
Did I play because I wanted to or because I felt I had to?
Both

How did I decide what game to play?
I just want to finish the story and move on

How do I feel about the game? (before & after)
Before: I’m looking forward to playing, but I’m officially looking more forward now to finishing and moving on. Lately, when I’m considering playing games, Vice City isn’t the first thing I think of and kind of has a back seat in my mind, and now that I’m nearing the end it just feels like a last hurdle to jump before starting a new game.

After: I’m happy to say that I’m finished with Vice City (for now). Aside from extra stuff I don’t care to complete (like finding every jump or hidden package), I think I’ve done everything. This was probably the shortest amount of time it’s taken me to beat this game (maybe I’ll add up the hours from my gameplay blog and find out), since I’m pretty familiar with the whole map and story by now. It was fun playing it again, but with the predictability has lost some of the excitement. I think the next game I play will be the next in the series — GTA 4.

Did anything unexpected or noteworthy happen?
No

Why did I stop playing?
I finished the game, and have other work to do

How much on a scale of 1-10 did I enjoy this gaming experience?
8

 

Review

Time played this week: 3 hours, 30 minutes

I’ve felt pretty different about the game this week compared to previous weeks, like a sense of departure upon reaching the end of the the storyline and along with it my interest in playing. The fact that I wouldn’t have been satisfied until I finished it, and that I have no interest in continuing past the end of the narrative, suggests how important that narrative is. I suspect this is the case with Vice City more than most other games because there’s no longer novelty for me in playing it without a purpose. When I’m learning to play a game like GTA, it can be a lot of fun just getting familiar with how to play, but once I’m beyond that stage it seems my entertainment is derived mostly from progressing and executing the game’s targets and missions as effectively as I can. I suspect something like this can be observed with most people and games.
I wonder if more people are like me in that they prefer to play one game at a time, or if more people are happier to play different games. I feel like I get more immersed in a game this way, whereas if I switched it out routinely for other games I’d never enjoy any of them quite as much. Maybe having two games on the go wouldn’t be a bad idea, in that I could enjoy them both while helping keep each one fresh by having more than one option.

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One Response to GamePlay Blog – Week 6

  1. Doug Stetar says:

    AcidRaindrops,
    Your GamePlay blog is very strong. I really appreciate how you detail out the various aspects of your gaming, and how you explicitly record your state before and after you game. I also really like you weekly review/summary at the conclusion of each post. This is very good work–keep it up.

    – Doug
    Mark: A (132 XP)

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