Life in general is a cumulative mix of reactions, from the satisfying feeling of stumbling across a £5 note on your way home, to the seething agony you feel from an unconsciously, administered paper cut, which cruelly and ironically depicts the phrase “give blood”. But life is also filled with those rare periods of genuine pleasing moments, like enjoying a film you were previously sceptical about viewing due to your unrelenting conviction that it wasnt for you. Because the film contains neither explicit scenes of violence or gratuitous scenes of a sexual nature, and it’s these prevalent misconception’s that confound our intolerant minded perceptions, that then fail to allow us to see past comfortable familiarities, and the same could be said for games.
Many of us are creatures of habit, I consider myself to slot into this category rather snuggly, perhaps to a fault. I typically favour the AAA games, the Uncharted’s, the Batman’s, the FIFA’s etc, and it’s rarity that I ever stray from their comfortable embrace, I certainly wouldn’t purchase games I was uncertain of on day of release. It’s these predetermined notions and my uncompromising mentality to play it safe, that leads me to miss out on genuinely, quality titles. I remember when Heavy Rain was originally released to almost worldwide acclaim, but I looked upon it with such underwhelming short sightedness, and carelessly dismissed this as being irrelevantly boring. I have since played, enjoyed and repeated the process of completing Heavy Rain on numerous occasions.
Personally, I don’t like Final Fantasy *pause for the inevitable gasps of disbelief and the Macaulay Culkin type, double cheek slap*, but that shouldnt necessitate that I harbour a collective loathing for RPG’s. Similarly, I find that I’m completely disinterested in Call of Duty *insert insults here *, but again this doesn’t necessarily mean I don’t play FPS’s, I mean I love the Resistance series! Grouping games into a tidy, little pigeon-hole maybe convenient, but also does a grave injustice to the individual titles that have been eloquently placed inside, leaving many of us with a far less broad vision.
Do you gravitate towards one genre type? Or are you very broad-minded? Let me know what you think.