Slow Week But a Fun one

I spent this week going back and playing some games that I hadn’t picked up in a while. I started by playing Dreadnought, which I found was pretty slow after the fast paced games I have been playing recently. I still like the game play and found the game fun and entertaining.

Playing games this week definitely felt like a school assignment as I didn’t really have a lot of free time and had to make sure I got in a few hours for this post.  I definitely see that gaming effects my mood in a good way when I have weeks like this. I would turn my PS4 on feeling as though this was a chore and find an hour or so later that I was enjoying myself and more immersed in the gaming experience.

With all that we have been reading I have been trying not to let it effect my gaming experience by thinking about it differently. I have always enjoyed video games because they allow me to relax or escape whatever I am doing at the moment to enter a new area of consciousness and focus on something else.  I feel as though if I begin to put too much thought into how video games make me feel then I might lose some of the beneficial effects.

After playing Dreadnought I ,deleted Uncharted the Lost Legacy off of my PS4 because there was no way I was going to start playing it again, and played more Wolfenstien. This game is great. I dont think I can ever be in a bad mood again while this game is fresh in my mind. I definitely turn to gaming when times are rough and this one is a great pick me up. Some people use movies, some drink tea but I say mowing down countless enemies with dual wield assault weapons is the way to cheer yourself up. Rock and Roll.

The week seemed long. Maybe it was the lack of class on Monday or the wicked work weekend, either way I am happy it is Monday night and I get to go back to class tomorrow. Having too much free time on my hands is always a burden and I am upset that I didn’t have enough to play more games this week. Next weekend  I have nothing going on so it should be a good one to reflect on my courses and procrastinate with a few solid days of gaming.

 

Awesome Week with new game

I am just writing the one post this week as it will pertain to the whole weeks worth of gaming. Mostly when I get into a specific game and only play that game for the week it is hard for me to separate sessions in my mind. I will occasionally make note of certain things that stand out for me but that did not happen this week. I downloaded the new Wolfenstein Game; Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.

This game is awesome. I have been a fan of the series since I first played the earlier games and the new installment in the series does not disappoint. The game play is very similar to the last game which allowed me to immediately jump back into the story line. The premise of the game is similar and takes place immediately after the last installment. Fighting and killing Nazis on American soil cant help but seem somewhat political in today’s society and it works well for the game. I am sure there will be people out there that consider it a bit on the nose but I really enjoy it.

I have been playing this game for a number of days now and I feel as though it can hold my interest for as long as it needs to. The story line is entertaining and the game play is fun. I find the premise super interesting. As someone that loves history it is always entertaining to think about what could have happened. Walking in the shoes of a bad ass Nazi hunter is not an experience I will ever turn down and I think the studio and creators of this game have made the whole experience awesome.

Good Week Gamed Less

Session one

Still gaming hard at Shadow of War. Its a grind but its fun. I found that I was playing mostly for school purposes. I didn’t feel super engaged with the game this week. I was hiking a lot this week in an attempt to get outside more and in shape for the winter months so gaming took a back seat to that. I still feel relaxed when I’m gaming for the most part. Its interesting to think about now that I am looking into other cultures and their gaming habits how my experiences might be different.

Session two

Woke up this morning and felt like doing nothing all day. I keep trying to play games on my computer but its just too old or im missing some download or somethings not right. I am OK with it because I am not really a computer gamer but its annoying when all I want to do is play StarFox 64 online and I cant figure out how to make it work. Haha yay for being technologically inept. I guess I will just settle for swithcing between Shadow of War, Dreadnought and Netflix for the day. It was a good day. Drank tea, played games, all in all pretty relaxing.

Session 3

Sometimes I find it hard to set aside the time for video games. Now that its something I feel obligated to do for school, I feel as though I should be scheduling it into my day however, gaming has always been something that I just do when I can. This course has been challenging for me and I constantly feel behind. Maybe its just because its online, I’m not sure. Gaming was good this week, nothing huge happened, it was just chill and a good time.

Back to Basics

Session 1

Played Tetris for a few hours (During Class Time and at Home) and played Shadow of War (3 hours at Home)

I find I play video games, a lot of the time, in order to relax. I dont like saying that I use games to “escape” as I dont feel that my life is at a point where I am trying to escape it. The different mindset I can get into playing games has always been appealing to me though. I find that the moments I am sitting down most and turning on my ps4 are times when I am feeling overwhelmed and stressed. Perhaps this is because I have more control in a game than in life. Either way I usually feel better and more level headed after even just a short gaming session. I spent a while this week playing Tetris. I have found that throughout my life it is a constant. It used to be whenever I was bored I would play it. I find that in class I can pay attention better if I am doing things with my hands and Tetris is the perfect thing for that. For such a simple game there is a reason it has stood the test of time as a classic.

Session 2

Played Shadow of War (3 hours at Home)

I have continued to play Shadow of War and its still quite good. Its a testament to the combat systems a that the game is still fun even though it can get quite repetitive. I definitely needed video games this week as I have been feeling pretty overwhelmed with school and social life. They have helped me calm down in certain instances and are a great source of entertainment when I am not feeling up to socializing. I find games in which I can just mow through waves of enemies are a great stress relief. I dont need to worry about a rich story or emotional plot line sometimes. Its good to just have a good time.

Session 3

Played Shadow of War (4 hours at Home)

I have definitely played more hours of games this week than others. It is a good indicator that when I am stressed I definitely fall back into where I feel comfortable. I have spent more hours training (climbing) and gaming than any week prior. I havnt been super social and have found most of my entertainment with gaming. It has helped me relax and get some stuff done. I have actually spent less money this week than I was before due to being home all the time. I am happy that I have accepted gaming back into my life for the winter. Over the summer I tend to game less as I work long hours. I am looking forward to gaming more in the near future.

Totally Unproductive Week

The beginning of this week started out pretty slow with it being Thanksgiving.  I spent the week with family at their home in Vancouver and did not game at all. In fact I didnt do much at all. Just visited with relatives. Upon returning to the island on Thursday I was dealing with some stress and anxiety issues and didn’t get up to much other than trying to get my head back in the right place.

 

I gamed for around 5 hours yesterday (Friday). I bought the new Shadow of War game and tried to use it as a stress reliever throughout the day. It is a fun game and definitely helped to take my mind off of some of the things that were stressing me out. I think that it shows games can be used for many different purposes when we need them to. It is rare that I buy new games as soon as they come out as I prefer to see how they fare in the community first but I was in need of something to take my mind off other issues.

All in all this week was pretty unproductive for me. The game I have been playing is great, I highly recommend it to anyone looking to kill time. It is easy to get into and just play for hours. The story is strong but it is the combat that is entertaining. I hope that I can get back to form in the coming week as this week has been rough.

Uncharted Lost Legacy

I will be trying something new for my blog. I will be writing after each session and then uploading at the end of the week.

DAY 1

I played the newest addition to the Uncharted franchise. I was a huge fan of the exploits of Nathan Drake and when THe Lost LEgacy was announced as a DLC for Uncharted 4 I had mixed feelings. Honestly, the idea of playing an UNcharted game without Nathan Drake as the protagonist did not give me the highest hopes for the game. THere is an emotional bond that is formed with a main character over time. It was the same as Halo getting rid of Master Chief behind the guns. Needless to say I did not buy The Lost Legacy when is dropped onto the PS Store. I waited until now.

Turning on the game for the first time I was still unsure about what to think. It began with the the same tedious tutorial mission that is so common in games today. Learn how to shoot, duck, and all that great stuff. I wasn’t really blown away. I played for 3 hours, well within the first few missions. Gunning down rebel forces and solving puzzles to get some sweet treasure. It has the same mechanics as all of the Uncharted games that came before it and the game-play is fun but something still feels off.  Maybe I am holding onto the memories a bit too hard but I will try and get into it a bit more.

DAY 2

I was sick all day and as such spent a lot of the day on the couch. Maybe its just because I am feeling under the weather but I am finding this game quite underwhelming. I keep thinking about how stoked I will be when certain games are released in the next few days and I can play those instead. I am looking forward to Thanksgiving actually. I am going to just play games on my phone and see how that goes. Console gaming is great but its not always the most mobile thing in the world. All in all I am not super happy with The Lost Legacy. I am happy I gave it a shot but it didn’t really do anything different or innovative. It just goes to show you that no matter what the content or how compelling a story may be, if a game is repetitive and redundant then you’re better of just leaving it.  Oh well.

 

Overview

All in all this wasn’t an amazing week for gaming. Hopefully the coming week has more to offer.

 

AWESOME WEEK

This week was awesome. I totally failed to choose and play a different game every week but I will try and mix it up in the future. I just kept playing Battlefield 1 online. Especially with the weather getting crappy I was inside a lot this week and found that playing was the way I wanted to spend my time. With more practice I was crawling my way back up the scoreboard and it felt great.

I found that I was looking forward to playing instead of feeling discouraged afterwards. It was great. I felt good and engaged with the flow of the activity. The new maps are sweet too and im super stoked they keep adding to the game. It was awesome to get back into it.

I ended up playing a few hours a day. WE moved the TV downstairs which kind of threw off my aim for a bit and the chair that I have to sit in now is terrible but maybe I can go find a better one somewhere. My fiancee makes fun of me that I care so much about my gaming setup but I find it is necessary to be comfortable. Especially when I am trying to focus I dont want things distracting me. It was a great week though. 🙂

Gaming Blog Week 2

I spent the week playing Battlefield 1. All of my play was online multi-player. There were a number of reason I chose to play Battlefield 1 for this week of play. When the game came out I was hooked immediately and played for hours. Over the next few months I was consistently amazed by the amount of care that seemed to go into the level design, structure and mechanics of the game. It has always been a solid playing experience. Once the summer rolled around and I became more consumed by work I stopped playing mostly every game I had on the go and Battlefield was no exception. I probably hadn’t played a mach for around 6 months.

Turning on my PS4 and gearing up for Battle was a challenging experience. Trying to play back at the level I was once at was immensely frustrating. My movements were rusty, my knowledge of the maps had deteriorated and dont even get me started on how far my aim drifted off target. The first few hours back in the battle was somewhat nerve wracking. I knew that it would not be an easy few hours ut I was kind of taken aback by how much I sucked.

All things considered it has been great. Ive been making time to sit down and play. I try not to think about it as school work but I have been trying to prioritize it as such. It is such a good feeling, slowly working my way back to where I used to be. My aim using long distance rifles is still garbage but I’m getting back into the zone as far as mid-range weapons are concerned. I find that I still enjoy playing Battlefield and now that I am back into the swing of it I will be spending more time honing the skills.

Getting Started

My methodology for these posts will be as follows:

I will begin the week by choosing what game to focus on. As I enjoy immersing myself into games I will focus on one per week.

I will play the game for the week, taking notes and reflecting on progress.

At the end of the week I will look back at my time spent on the game and reflect for this blog.

I believe at this time I will be able to make an assessment of many aspects of game play.