GamePlay Blog – Week 9

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017

Stats:
What game did I play?
Cuphead

How Long did I play & what time of day?
Roughly 10 pm – 11 pm

Where did I play?
Friends house

Did I play with anyone else?
One friend

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

How did I decide what game to play?
Someone else decided

How do I feel about the game?
After: I didn’t play this game intending to make a blog entry, which is why there is no ‘before’ writeup, but it is worth noting that for the first time since starting this blog I played a game other than GTA, and not by myself. Since taking this class I’ve been more interested in gaming lately, so when the opportunity to try this game I’d never heard of came up, I was happy to indulge. Cuphead was released in September of this year, and is described as a run and gun indie video game. It’s easy pick-up-and-play arcade style makes for a fun game that I thoroughly enjoyed, and would like to play again.

Did anything unexpected or noteworthy happen?
The duration of my playing was trying to help defeat a big flying bird boss, and on our final attempt before heading home I managed to beat the boss on my own after my friends character died. Not bad for my first time.

Why did I stop playing?
It was time to leave my friends house

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

 

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017

Stats:
What game did I play?
GTA 4

How Long did I play & what time of day?
8:44 pm – 9:54 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 felt like continuing the campaign

How do I feel about the game? (before & after)
Before: Since my last unusually long session starting the game from scratch, I’ve been looking forward to playing some more. There’s such a wide world of activity out there at the beginning of any GTA game, that the first 25% or so of progress is arguably the most fun. It’s definitely when I feel the most keen to play.

After: It’s been a good session, but right now I’d rather have a bite, watch TV and not have to think about anything. Playing Cuphead yesterday got me in the mood for more video games, and this isn’t the first time I’ve found that playing games makes me want to play more games. It’s not hard to realize that games can be addictive, but I suppose the novelty of most inevitably wears off. Since I’m returning to GTA 4 for probably the fifth time in my life though, I’d say that the novelty often returns in time. Not always though — for example, I got somewhat heavily into the mobile game ‘Clash of Clans’ for a fairly extended period, but the novelty wore off and I’ve yet to play it again. There was another mobile game I got into for a while, I can’t remember the name, but one day I got such a high score that I pretty much knew I’d never be able to beat, and retired from the game that day. Mobile games can be fun, but I suspect the vast majority of them don’t have enough substance to constitute the hours and hours of gameplay that can easily be put into a game like GTA.

Did anything unexpected or noteworthy happen?
No

Why did I stop playing?
I was tired and hungry

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

 

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017

Stats:
What game did I play?
GTA 4

How Long did I play & what time of day?
9:17 pm – 10:54 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?
It is my current go-to game

How do I feel about the game?
Before: I’m not feeling super motivated to play right now, and probably wouldn’t play if I didn’t want to make this blog entry. But, if things go as they have in the past, I’ll become motivated as soon as I start playing and getting into it.

After: As expected, I got pretty motivated after getting started. I’m definitely appreciating the scale of this game compared to GTA: Vice City. It’s way more expansive, and the improved graphics are quite a contrast to the older versions. It’s making me want to try the earliest editions of GTA, like the first and second games with the overhead view. I’m curious how many of the missions in the newer games are similar to these oldest versions, for example how many of them had a mission where you’re in a vehicle rigged to blow if you don’t drive fast enough. It was a good session and I’m definitely enjoying playing this game again.

Did anything unexpected or noteworthy happen?
No

Why did I stop playing?
I was tired and hungry

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

 

Review

Time played this week: 3 hours, 47 minutes

This week I feel I have unusually little to say in review. I think I’ll play some GTA 4 tonight, so I’m still in the mood for gaming, which I can thank this course for. If I had to choose though between GTA and Cuphead, I’d probably play Cuphead. Probably because it was more fun than I expected, and since I only played one level for about an hour it definitely wasn’t enough time for the novelty to wear off. I could argue that the novelty of getting back into GTA 4 is already wearing off, because I’m not as excited to play as I was when I first started, or even as excited as I was for a couple weeks while replaying Vice City. Playing Cuphead made me tempted for the first time in about a year and a half to upgrade from an Xbox 360 to an Xbox 1, or try playing it with my computer. Once this course is finished, I wonder if I will retire again from gaming, or if creating this blog has reintroduced the spark of love I once had for video games.

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