Jun 18 2012
Lacking the ability to post the highest score worldwide, all we can do is hope to win the next Deathmatch, the next Capture the Flag, the next 1v1 on Taldarim Altar, the next bout of Summoner’s Rift.
In modern gaming, there are usually four types of wins and losses when you play. You either lose by a lot or a little, both of which can be equally infuriating, or you win by a lot or a little, both of which can be equally excellent.
It may sound lame, but my favorite Call of Duty memories actually come from games where I’ve absolutely demolished my opponents. Yes, they may have been toddlers who figured out how to turn on an Xbox, but winning 10 games in a row against a group by 40 kills or more each time is just so satisfying. For someone who isn’t used to 20 kill 1 death games, there’s nothing more magical than to go on a tear like that. And it doesn’t happen often.
Conversely, winning by an inch can be possibly the best feeling in all of gaming. There’s nothing like a League of Legends game that lasts 60 minutes where you thought you were going to lose on five different occasions, only to have your team rally and win one big team fight and be able to push for the win. Squeaking out a win can be just as much fun as dominating, if not more so.
That would be “tear” as in the ones that come from your face, not “tear” as in, “there’s nothing more magical than to go on a tear like that” as I just mentioned in the entry above.
This is the only item on the list that is truly out of the player’s control. It’s a recent phenomenon that only comes from a game that has good enough writing to make you actually feel something. Not many people go into games expecting to have actual emotions drawn out of them, but it’s happening more and more as games get stories that are on par with or even better than movies.
It might be easy to pinpoint your moment like this, as I predict many have a certain sad memory associatde with the fate of poor Aeris. But after that? There are emotional moments wherever you turn in gaming these days. Mass Effect? Red Dead Redemption? Heavy Rain? Powerful stories are everywhere you look.
It might not literally send tears down your face, but I bet there’s a moment or two in a game recently that has gotten a reaction out of you that you probably weren’t expecting. In fact, I think the best written games can actually be MORE powerful than movies, as you have 10x the amount of time to get to know your characters, and as you actually control them, they feel like a part of you, and therefore you care about their fates more.
That’s all I’ve got for now, so discuss and suggest more if you like.
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