Sticking with Old Versus Trying New Things

There’s a couple of ideas I’ve been trying to conceptualize in my mind regarding habits in gaming, mine and others’. I’m not sure what the proper term for it is, and my brief searches in the thesaurus are unsuccessful. I’m thinking about one’s propensity for sticking with things they know and like versus their willingness to try new experiences. In psychological personality tests, this is called Openness to Experience.

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DotA vs LoL

By now, the MOBA genre (multiplayer online battle arena) is probably well-known among the wide gaming community. The most famous progenitor being Defense of the Ancients, the long-time Warcraft 3 map, and the next competitors were Heroes of Newerth and League of Legends – similar to varying degrees. Then we got Zynga’s Solstice Arena (very casual) and Guardians of Middle-earth (Lord of the Rings characters).

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Let’s Play: Amnesia: A Machine for Pig(gies)

So this morning I uploaded my first Let’s Play video ever.

Since about the last two years, my adjunct gaming hobby has been watching people play games, aka watching Let’s Plays. In particular, I like watching scary games. I think it’s better than watching movies, because interactivity always promises a more exciting experience, like possibility of death. Not that people don’t die in horror movies, but they’ll always die at a predestined time, according to a specific script. Games are tied to that only to a certain extent.

For the most part, I’ve preferred to watch people play those scary games because a vicarious experience is still good, and some of these I’d really rather not play (like Slender: The Eight Pages). I’m not sure how I did it, but I managed to bear through the original Amnesia (The Dark Descent). The Dark Descent is way scarier than A Machine for Pigs, but it just came out so I thought I’d play that, not the first one.

Now I know how hard it is to be on camera and be making speeches to no one in particular. I’m plenty awkward, a little quiet too (I have to be quieter at night), but I hope it was interesting, at least. Amnesia is a great game for a Let’s Play, I think. The quality is not amazing, I realize, but hopefully I’ll figure out how to make it a little better. I’m not doing this for fame or money or anything like that, just for fun and the experience.