I enjoy gaming. No, I used to enjoy gaming.
If you know me, this is not a small matter--I spend 90% of my free time away from work playing and exploring various video games. Even at work, I spend my down time reading up on video game news, blogs, and such. You can pretty much say that I use 90% of my time awake in something related to video games. I used to be so happy to hold a controller in my hand and divulge in the action filled virtual space and act as a hero or a soldier.
However, starting some time ago, I noticed I'm enjoying video games less and less with each title I complete. Each new game I put into the game console, I enjoy less than the previous game. This phenomenon started with Modern Warfare. You can think of it as a peak of my gaming experience; it's been downhill ever since.
Below is a sample of triple-A titles I've played after Modern Warfare:
- Dragon Age: Origins: vast, hardly interesting--feels like an exact copy of the Lord of the Ring--lore to explore, with hard-to-immerse presentation, and greatly time-consuming
- Modern Warfare 2: great action with fantastic presentation and immersion, that ends up as a trashy Hollywood action film, and thus, a great disappointment
- Mass Effect 2: fun action, great presentation (minus actors), with a really terrible story (and wasn't the story the focal point of this game?)
- Grand Theft Auto IV: very enjoyable scenes (so far) that are interrupted with game parts that's not that enjoyable and breaks immersion
- Fable 2: are you joking?
You see, for a topic worthy of a seperate post, I'm looking for some valuable and relevant experience out of video games that I can learn from to become a better human being. But all those games above? Hardly.
Is it that I am "growing out" of games? Or is game as a medium not capable of delivering what I'm looking for--meaningful and relevant experience? Whatever the reason, I feel as if I'm maturing faster than game industry, which, in my mind, is going a totally wrong direction of trying to mimic other and inappropriate medium.
Let's see what the industry has for me in the upcoming E3.