My gaming buddy, Ben, asked me what kind of doughnuts he should bring over for me to enjoy. First note, he’s awesome for even thinking about bringing over treats for a game day gathering (even if I am not a huge sweets kind of guy). Second, this simple question led into an excellent realization about gaming for me in general. I told him just a glazed doughnut would suffice. He didn’t like this sort of answer, no chocolate, no fillings, and no sprinkles? He gave me the analogy that was like eating a pizza with only cheese when you could go for a meat lover’s pizza. I do agree with him. I said that sometimes I enjoy my food simple and other occasions I enjoy being more lavish.
One of my favorite simple treats? Vanilla ice cream, don’t mess with that simple wonder.
I do however enjoy my lavish pizzas with many meat toppings, so I elaborated.
It’s like gaming. I love to dive into the complex statistics of the Final Fantasy games. Or if I compared a higher reload speed to more damage in Borderlands game, which is better? I love the hunt for loot and finding the perfect AI to set my tone for action RPGS. Having the options to customize, evolve, and inspect in-depth stats for game play, is beyond joyful.
Yet there are times when I want it simple, something to set my feelings in a new state. A game that breathes simplicity is Journey – where it’s easy to dive into at its core and aesthetically pleasing with its music and art direction. I enjoy the balance between the two types of games. I need my stats as much as I need that straight forward enjoyment of beauty, serene, and fun.
That’s the response my friend gave me after my spiel. This accumulates to; enjoy the game industry from every aspect that it has to offer. You might find a hidden gem that usually isn’t your taste.