Last month, Rachel and I did a post about the card game Skip-Bo. While we were playing the game for the review, we were obviously playing against each other. However, there were times when we looked at the other and made deals, promising to play certain cards so the other could get rid of whatever card was on her stock pile to keep the game moving. We came to the realization that we tend to always play as a team, even in games when we are supposed to be against each other.
It’s true. We tend to team up even when we’re not supposed to be on a team. Of course, the game was lasting longer than we thought it would and I needed to go out so we wanted to keep it moving, but still. I feel like we would have “teamed up” anyway.
It’s pretty apparent in Mario Party games. Generally, if it was one of the games where we could be on a team, we would work together. The games where it’s every character for themselves, Rachel and I still tended to ban together and try to prevent the computer characters from winning. It doesn’t always work, haha!
True, true. I forgot about Mario Party. We always played the team games us ganging up on the super hard CPUs. When team wasn’t an option, we still competed against each other a little, but if it were between one of us and a CPU, we chose to take down the CPU.
Granted, we still have a competitive spirit between us, but we’ve just grown up playing video games that way. Two-player games had us working together while single-player games had us passing the controller back and forth. If you think about it, we were always hanging around each other, so it probably seemed natural to us to have that team mentality.
That’s a good point. We did always play together even when it wasn’t multiplayer. I wasn’t adventurous when I was younger when it came to gaming, so I just did whatever you did anyway. So, if you think about it, I probably didn’t give you much of a choice when it came to being “against” me.
Apparently, I was nice enough to actually be on a team instead of demolishing you in the games. Considering, though, that our older sister’s interest in video games was short-lived during the Super Nintendo days and you and I were always close growing up, it was inevitable that you became Player Two. Those were the days before the Internet was such a social hub, so I needed someone to play games with me!
You probably were nice enough because you just wanted someone to play games with you. Of course, that backfired quickly when I wanted you to play games with me such as Goof Troop or I wanted to watch you play Banjo-Kazooie. With Goof Troop, even though we were on a team, we sometimes sabotaged each other. I remember picking up barrels and throwing them at each other.
While I wasn’t a fan of the game Goof Troop in general, it was great trying to sabotage each other. It’s like when we had the game nights with our friends while playing New Super Mario Bros. Deluxe on the Switch. While all four of us were on a team, there were definitely times when we tried to shove each other aside for the best power-up. Granted, there were also times when we sacrificed ourselves for each other, too.
Well, Mario games are notorious for sabotaging each other – even if it’s by accident. The characters slide around so much, but that adds to the fun it. So, I guess, overall, we tend to stick on a team regardless of whether we’re supposed to or not. But there are times when we tend to gang up on one another. I guess it all depends on the game.