Non-Gamer to Gamer? Not Quite Yet
by Shawnie Kelly (@DearShawnie)
You know that thing where you’re running (like for exercise, I’ve heard this people do this) and you hit an invisible wall? You’re pushing and pushing, but it feels like the next breath you take could possibly be your last. Lung explosion, head explosion… some kind of physical explosion is really what I’m getting at here. Well, I’ve hit that wall this week with regards to gaming. Okay, that was a bit of a dramatic comparison, but it really does fit.
People always ask me: When will you no longer consider yourself a non-gamer? I hesitate to answer because the truth is I don’t know. Maybe I’ll wake up one day and realize that the transition from non-gamer to gamer came when I wasn’t looking.
“Sometimes love isn’t fireworks. Sometimes love just comes softly.”
Please tell me you’ve read Love Comes Softly! If not, that’s okay. I will just point you in the direction to your nearest Hallmark Store because the only thing better than the book is the Hallmark Channel movie of the same title. You will cry so hard, nerds. SO HARD.
I’m off track and I apologize. My point is that I know for certain that my transition to gamer has not yet happened. Hitting the invisible wall this week is evidence of that. I was prepping to play and realized something — I didn’t want to play video games. At all. This hasn’t always been the case; there have been times over the last couple of months where I was excited to jump back into a game, even if it was at the same checkpoint I’d be at twenty-seven times in a row. This week I had no desire to keep getting knocked down over and over and over again. Free time is hard to come by, and I’m not going to lie, I did not pick up the controller. I got some laundry done instead. Then I got some writing done. Then I returned some emails. While I was being Mrs. Productive, I also realized that I need to find some gaming excitement again. How do people do it? How do they get lost in the gaming world for hours with little interest in anything else?
Another way that I know my transition hasn’t happened yet is that I still have quite a long list of silly suggestions for game makers. I call them game makers because I don’t know the correct term. Gamer producers? Game designers? All the above are who I’m addressing. Number one, I think that we should all have our own soundtrack during the game. Meaning, when an individual picks up their controller, the console should be able to scan our souls (too creepy?) and perfectly select our theme song. Example: When I play Sonic Racing, it would play Aaliyah’s “Try Again.” This is of course in reference to my inability to go two feet without ending up in the water or running into a wall. Maybe for some of you it would play “All I Do is Win.” Whatever! I’m not jealous or anything. Anyway, I just know this personal touch would be fun. I also believe that every time we sit down for a gaming session, we should be provided a virtual mentor. For instance, this dude could chill in the corner of your screen and makes himself (or herself) available for consultation. In my case, they would get tired of all the questions and probably abandon me after two minutes. But then another mentor would be provided and I could use them until they quit also. The point is I just always want immediate help available. ALWAYS.
I think these little tweaks could make my gaming experience more fun. I know that this sad detour of apathy is just a phase, but I’m determined to push through the wall. It’s not quite at crisis-level yet and it’s all about preempting a total breakdown. Have you ever lost your gaming groove? One day I’ll make the transition, I guess it’s just not today.
Happy gaming, you gamers!