With almost three months since my last post on here, a decent amount of stuff has happened. Most of it has been gaming related, of which I will discuss and it will probably be most of this post. Lately though, I have also been giving some thought about the social aspect of gaming and how my viewpoint of that has changed recently. There might be some deep, dark, personal secrets about me you may find out through this…ok, so probably not but you might get to find out more about the person behind these words.
The past few years I have been gradually changing my outlook on gaming from less about just playing a game, to more so experiencing it. So what do I mean by experiencing a game? Broadly speaking, I mean truly sitting down and enjoying a game for what it is. Whether it be a storyline, gameplay, the music, or even those times you absolutely wreck people in PvP. Even playing a tabletop game with friends, such as D&D, Magic, or even Cards Against Humanity. Specifically what I’m talking about right now though, are the social experiences that games can provide.
Personally, I think Destiny was a great game for me to realize that gaming can be more than just about getting together with a group of friends to shoot some aliens in the face. I cannot count how many hours I’ve spent just simply sitting in orbit or messing around in the Tower talking to a group of friends as we’re checking out the gear we just got from finishing a raid. These are people that have real lives and families, not just some random I met via matchmaking. It certainly makes playing an online game feel more personable when you can ask someone how their day at work was. Continue reading