Vidya Game Tastes Over Time

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Utumno, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. Utumno

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    Pull up a chair kids, it's time to think about how fucking old you're getting!

    I was just looking through a bunch of vidya posts here and in some discussions @ work, and thinking about my own evolving tastes in gaming over time. I may not be a typical case in that I've always had a bit of a preference for RPGs, turn-based stuff, story-heavy titles, vs. twitch-based games... but it wasn't always so pronounced. Like in my earliest gaming days I could hop on something like Doom/Quake/Starsiege Tribes and put on a good showing, and really enjoy it.

    But this past decade (and particularly the past 5 years) I've gotten to the point where I won't really even try any new FPS, or twitchy platformers, or any of the action-heavy-roguelikes which seem to be so popular. I must have bought a dozen extremely highly-reviewed titles before it sank in that some shit is literally just not fun to me anymore because the effort needed to become decent at them is just not there.

    Aside from any hurt ego, it doesn't really bug me though, as I don't have enough time to play games as it is so I just focus on RPG/TBS things, which I always preferred anyway.

    I think on average people here are 8-10 years younger me so you're probably just getting to the place where the twitch dropoff is getting significant (or will get significant).

    Do you think your tastes will change as well? Has it started happening already? Or are some of your tastes so set in stone that you're just going to be okay with being shitty at games, or lose interest in gaming altogether for other pursuits? (Or just bust out the older titles you're familiar with and already built up enough muscle-memory where the stuff is still enjoyable?)
     
  2. Harper

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    yes
     
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  3. Kanmuk_Sealclubber

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    I just don't like video games as much, in general. I get virtually no reward or sense of accomplishment from besting a video game challenge anymore. I've lost most interest in FPS/RTS/Platforming style games because the reward mechanism is gone.

    Some RPGs can still engage me if the gameplay is particularly good. The character development aspect to me is still interesting. On the flip side, most RPG storylines are super, duper corny and terrible with atrocious dialogue and writing. So cutscene-heavy RPGs make me want to kill myself. There's too much good shit on steaming services nowadays to get invested in bad RPG storylines.
     
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  4. Utumno

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    Hah, I agree w/cutscene-heavy RPGs. Drive me fucking insane. I was okay w/Witcher3 ones as they weren't unbearably long and sometimes they were quite good... but a lot of Final Fantasy or MGS stuff is just a non-starter for me.
     
  5. Utumno

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    a man of many words
     
  6. Jackpanel

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    Everquest is virtually the only video game I ever played. I wasn’t a gamer growing up, and only briefly played WoW and one other EQ type game after EQ days were over. I bought a PS3 and a few games at one point, but nothing I played held my interest for more than an hour or two.
     
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  7. Harper

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    I'm trying out divinity original sin 2 and it's literally the first time i've ever tried a turn-based combat game. So far, I don't know where to go or how to track quests and i keep wandering into areas where i'm killed immediately. The character creation was fun though.
     
  8. Utumno

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    It's actually my fav kind of game design... semi-open-ended in that you are free to go anywhere, but hard enough that you will get your shit kicked in by tougher challenges that you can come back to later. Gives you a nice sense of progression. Not everyone likes that though.

    From what I remember about DOS2, it's useful to talk to everyone to get ideas about where to go... then you try some, and if you get curbstomped, try a different less-challenging place (save often). The beginning is particularly rough, but after a while you get strong enough that a lot more options open up.
     
  9. Kanmuk_Sealclubber

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    Yeah, shorter cutscenes are fine. I've never played WItcher 3, but I'm usually ok with some cutscenes as long as the bulk of the game is driven by character progression and actual gameplay. Something like GTA 5 is completely unplayable to me. I also appreciate games that do a good job of creating an atmosphere and aesthetic (e.g. Fallout or This War of Mine). Most RPGs have a pretty generic universe, though, and I'm really sick of "retrieve the Goblet of Zalathanon before the evil lord Sarkyres gets it first and unleashes the evil dragonkin upon the lands!!!" TROPE (that's for you, Ageless).
     
  10. Sear

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    I don't game as much now and tend to steer clear of twitchy hardcore competitive games. Not because I'm bad at them so much as because I find them exhausting to play.

    I try to seek out experiences that are new, and that also goes for books & TV/movies. It obviously becomes more difficult as you get older and more of what's out there is something you've already experienced.

    Indie games rate better with me in this regard because they tend to go outside the box more often. Roguelikes and games like MTG seem to keep me stimulated because every game/run is unique.

    I love a good story-driven game, but they are few and far in between. I prefer games where you experience the story moreso than ones that try to dump walls of bad writing on you. So games like Limbo and Bioshock Infinite are more up my alley than generic_western_RPG that is heavy on exposition and light on immersion.
     
  11. Bailon

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    I was thinking just this morning that I basically only game any more out of bad-habit. I don't enjoy any game and have zero excitement from anything new coming out. Could be age, but I also feel that the games I like just aren't made any more.

    The Gold Box games, Diablo 2. The Baulders Gate / Icewind Dale type games. I want to make a character. make meaningful choices about their development that cut off other choices entirely. I want creativity in my choices allowing me to break the mold, or at least feel like I did. I want a robust story, single player, combat that is not twitch based. Gear choices, no fucking stupid overly burdened crafting system. I want Ad&D meets Diablo meets EQ, but honestly, if it came out I'd probably play for a day and find a reason not to. I'm fucking old.
     
  12. Utumno

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    Bioshock Infinite was such a great game all around. Can't say enough good things about it really.
     
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  13. Velox

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    I still play Quake Live occasionally. When there isn't enough of us left to play any more, I'm not sure I'll play anything else. Everything else is unbearably, soul crushing, slow.
     
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    Yeah, Bioshock Infinite is on my short list of single player games I did play through in the last decade. I prefer action-RPG blends for single player. The loot grind in modern Diablo clones hold zero interest for me though. It wasn't about the loot :-(

    EDIT: I'll add that I've quit way too many RPG games after spending way too much time on the character builder only to realize the game play sucks.
     
  15. Sear

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    I'll mention one more time that every TZT'er should try this game:

    that includes Kanmuk and Harper

    It checks all the right boxes. Easy to pick up and play casually, not twitchy, deep as hell, different every time, and it's rewarding because you really have to strategize for every encounter. I put over 100 hours into it and don't regret it at all.
     
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  16. Red

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    Fast paced or brutal unforgiving shootan is all I play. You old nerds just stay out of the way.
     
  17. Harper

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    most of us don't need to keep up our twitch shooting skills because we chose careers with no risk of us having our faces eaten by florida man
     
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  18. Red

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    Tarkov is life
     
  19. Mern is Best

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    I still like the same shit. FPS, action/adventure RPGs, and turn based strategy/rpgs.

    The only thing I haven't been able to play is MMO's. Pvp in MMO's now just doesn't have that feeling they used too. No trash talk and rivalries. I wasn't a huge pvper on Everquest until the end of my play time when I got banned for training and exp killing people.

    I leveled multiple characters in WoW to level cap grinding out battlegrounds, but it gets old fast.

    MMO's are stagnant. I'm hoping classic WoW will be decent and able to hold my attention for more then a few hours
     
  20. Czer

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    I can't play mmo's or moba's but I can play everything else.

    I mainly play stealth/FPS/strategy/RPG, or some combination of those