Patience (Confessions of a Non-Gamer)

So the semester is finally over! And so is our class. Sadly, I think, so are my video game-playing days. Something that I’ve realized is crucial when playing video games, something that I think I lack, is patience. I’m thinking about playing Assassin’s Creed: Liberation and how long it took me to complete the tasks I was given. The controller was so difficult for me to control, I had trouble finding my way around and following the little arrow, and when I did find the correct place I was meant to be,  I sometimes didn’t know what to do when I got there. As a result, I got frustrated and wanted to quit. I felt such frustration when playing simpler games as well, such as Thomas Was Alone or Undertale. I’m not sure if video games just aren’t for me, or if I’m just truly an impatient person, but trying to figure out what to do in these games just didn’t appeal to me. If I couldn’t get through the game with ease within twenty or thirty minutes of playing, I felt like I was wasting my time, that I’d never find out how to play “correctly,” and that I’d be stuck in an endless loop of running around forever. Though I really am glad I took the course and learned a lot about games, I’ve realized that they just aren’t for me. I’ll always appreciate them from afar, though.

2 thoughts on “Patience (Confessions of a Non-Gamer)

  1. I really appreciate your comment because it made me realize that video games, much like a lot of other things, can be more frustrating the later in life that you begin learning to play. Additionally, if you don’t have a “foundation” in something, learning more about it can seem like a waste of time. An example that popped into mind for me was learning to ride a bike. Because I was learning at a much later age than many of my friends, learning to ride a bike was very stressful to me and I would often give up. As for the part about having a “foundation”, learning the basics early on makes most hard tasks seem worthwhile. If you learn simple addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication at an early age, then more difficult math won’t be as frustrating. Learning the basics at the same time would be a difficult task. Similarly, if you have a controller for a PlayStation memorized at a young age, learning to play difficult games also won’t be as frustrating. So I don’t think you have your patience to fully blame, as most people in your situation probably feel the same way.

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  2. I think that people put “video games” on some pedestal, as if they are something grand or self-defining to play. Playing games isn’t special, or unique, or even very interesting. It just is. Playing is something that makes us human and intelligent, //homo ludens//, if you will. That said, I don’t think its entirely fair to write off games entirely. They can take pretty much infinite forms and it is a disservice to yourself to say that there are no games that you can enjoy due to your patience.

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