Don’t judge a game by its cover

WARNING: As cute as it looks it’s highly addictive
WARNING: As cute as it looks, it’s highly addictive

Now, I had this super plan where for my first blog, I would write something which was awe inspiring and could possibly change the lives of those who would read it. After realising that this was actually a stupid idea, I got thinking about what matters to me. Then it came to me: why don’t I blog about the idea of how games are perceived? Not the most exciting topic I know, but just hear me out.

As I was wrapped up in bed trying to get better, my boyfriend decided to visit me. While we were chilling out, I thought it’d be good to play Beautiful Katamari on my Xbox 360. I haven’t played this game in such a long time so I thought I should give it a whirl. Now every time I’ve spoken about it, my boyfriend has always declined to play it with me because he felt it was girlie. But today, all of his previous apprehensions seemed to have gone out the window. He finally got to see the mighty power that is Beautiful Katamari and why I was so addicted to it.

As he sat and watched me roll my ball around this colourful Japanese world, he uttered something that I never thought I would hear, “I wanna play after you”. Believe me if I wasn’t already sitting down I would have fallen over with shock. Now I didn’t think this whim would last long, so I was getting ready to hear him moan, but I could see he was actually enjoying it. I watched in utter confusion and sheer delight as he strived to do better with each go. I finally thought, “Yes, I have converted him. A-ha!” As he was playing, I thought it’d be great to ask why he never thought to give this game a go before and that is where I heard the familiar answer you can get from most gamers: “I didn’t think it would be my type of game”.

Look at the big ol' ball of stuff
Look at the big ol' ball of stuff

Now I must confess that I too have looked at a game and thought that I’d rather scratch my eyes out than play it. Then I wondered why we think like this when it comes to choosing a game… and then I got my answer. We all have a genre of games which we’re used to. I know how easy it is to fall into the trap of sticking to what you know because you won’t be disappointed. Believe me, I am exactly the same. Unfortunately, with an attitude like this, I can and I have missed out on really good games. This is great news for eBay, who get so much of my time and my money but not good news for me. I now spend my time agonising over games I once saw but cannot find for they have become rare all of a sudden! So the moral of my story my fellow gamers, is to try not to shoot a game down before giving it a go. If you can, play a demo or borrow a mate’s copy before making any rash decisions. You never know, you may uncover something amazing.


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11 responses to “Don’t judge a game by its cover”

  1. Michael avatar

    Yep, I’ve definitely had this mindset! I started as as RPG kid and tried the odd FPS/GTA game but usually put them aside because I was crap at them and was told so. Now? I’m maybe equally split between those two genres, with a bit of Arcade/casual gaming (Guitar Hero, Braid, that sort of thing) thrown in, often to unwind from a heavy dose of grinding or shootage! 😀

    Nice first blog Sarah-Lou and, of course, welcome to the site! 🙂

  2. The Rook avatar
    The Rook

    Good blog Sarah-Lou. I liked the story and will admit to never playing Beautiful Katamari. I have never attemtped to give it a go, not due to thinking I wouldn’t like it, but there are just too many other games to play. What a hard life we gamers have, eh.

    Maybe one day, when I’ve won the lottery and retired from the torture we know as work, I’ll be able to spend more time playing more games.

    Welcome to Ready Up.

  3. Kat avatar

    I don’t think I have a type of genre that I stick to. I’m a jack of all games, master of none ^_^ Welcome to Ready Up!

  4. Darach avatar
    Darach

    Yesss! 😀 Wot she said!

    I like to think of myself as a renaissance gamer; I have played, or do play, pretty much every genre out there ^_^
    And it’s great 😀
    Except for not having enough time to play all my games :/
    Or having enough money to buy all the ones I want 🙁
    But otherwise, really great 😀

    Oh! And welcome-welcome-welcome to the site Sarah-Lou! ^_^ *hugs*

  5. Duncan avatar
    Duncan

    I like to think I am yet to fall into this trap, but in my heart I know I’ll spend more time nursing a good RTS or a fast-paced FPS before going near a JRPG.

    Maybe I’m just a three letter abbreviation kind of guy. 🙂

    Great first blog! Now if you’ll excuse me, I really have to go play Beautiful Katamari…

  6. Celeste avatar
    Celeste

    I guess this is a phenomenon that occurs with almost everything: films, music, food, clothes. We don’t seem to have any time to speak of in the real world anymore, so judging something quickly in this way in order to determine whether it is worth us investing our time in it is a very effective way to ensure we spend most of our time doing stuff that we hate more than having our fingernails pulled out, like going to work.

    So yea, it’s a shame we can’t seem to overwrite this kind of conditioning because I know for a fact I have missed many good films at release because I inaccurately judged them. Heaven only knows what audio-visual delights I have completely missed out on.

    Great first blog Sarah-Lou. Welcome to team Ready Up. 🙂

  7. Scott avatar
    Scott

    It’s definitely true. It’s unfortunate to hear people instantly disregard a great game because it has a colourful art style, does things a little differently, or isn’t available on a “core” console platform. There’s some amazing stuff out there if you give it a chance and keep open-minded. Thank goodness for eBay indeed!

    Nice first blog. Welcome to the site, Sarah-Lou! 🙂

  8. MrCuddleswick avatar
    MrCuddleswick

    I think I do watch my gaming prejudices, but I do get caught out every now and then – for example, I thought I’d really like Far Cry 2.

  9. James avatar
    James

    Took me 3 years to play Guitar Hero. Being a guitarist I dismissed it out of hand as a load of Tyco-toy-tapping toss. Then got halfway through Barracuda and realised I was throwing shapes in my bedroom. We live and learn.

    Nice one Sarah. Welcome to Ready Up 🙂

  10. Lorna avatar
    Lorna

    Welcome! And good first blog!

    I also am guilty of dismissing somethig because it doesn’t seem like my type of thing and as Celeste said, part of it comes down to time and having to make a snap judgement. I do the same with films and music as I dare not waste any precious time on something that turns out to be a waste.

  11. Joanne avatar
    Joanne

    Hey good post 🙂

    I am currently experiencing this with Fallout 3. Whenever I saw my boyfriend play it it seemed to be all about trekking all over wasteland and nothing else. He finally convinced me to give it a try and I’m hooked!

    I dont think I can be convinced to like* driving games though. They hate me!

    *be good at..

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