You’re Playing It Wrong

Double Jump Kris MiiAnother Monday, another week. I hope it’s the start of a wonderful week for everyone out there!

 

There have been a couple of posts on this blog fairly recently about playing games solo, group games and, especially, Pokemon Go. Most have been about feelings of nostalgia and, in regards to Pokemon Go, indifference.

Pokemon Go itself is still sweeping through the world, despite the slow servers and glitches that have upset those who are more… shall we say, into the game than I am. For example, there’s a glitch that changes caught Pokemon into different species. Not the worst thing to happen if your Caterpie turns into a Charizard, but a Blastoise that changes into a Rattata? Yeah, I’d be annoyed too.

Despite the cons, Pokemon Go still seems formidable in the mobile games market. It’s praised mostly for the social aspect. People are sharing all sorts of feel-good stories about meeting new friends, about exercising more, about exploring their neighborhood (and the world) more thanks to Pokemon Go.

Rachel and I have been feeling a bit lukewarm regarding the game, but we’ve recently realized that maybe it’s because we’re playing it wrong. We got the basic mechanics down, of course — swiping up to flick a pokeball toward a Pokemon and hoping your aim is true is pretty simple to understand. Yet, we haven’t had the chance to really go out and find other Pokemon fans nearby, and that seems to be what the true magic of this game is.

Our neighborhood is sleepy. We’re a couple of the extremely few young adults in the area while the rest of the block is dominated with elderly couples and some young families just starting out. Granted, our neighbors are awesome, but we’re the minority when it comes to our age bracket. Our town is wonderful, but there aren’t too many places where we can just walk and hang out.

Over the weekend I was at a bachelorette party in a much bigger city, a place I don’t visit very often because there’s no real need (and, I’ll be honest, because of my lack of sense of direction). During a few minutes of downtime while waiting for our dinner reservations, I curiously checked my Pokemon Go at and was astonished at all the Pokestops and dropped lures on the crowded streets. The aching feeling that comes with wanting to explore the world, much like whenever I started a new Pokemon game as a kid, smacked me in the gut, and I just wished that Rachel had been with me to enjoy the feeling.

Maybe one day soon, when work and weddings and adult stuff, Rachel and I can properly be kids (while playing safely, of course) for a little while further from our neighborhood.

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Reminiscing

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy August everyone! Kristen here! With summer on its last month, I find myself reminiscing about fond memories of video game nights with friends when we were much younger and carefree…

Being an adult can sometimes be hard.

 

Despite my Monday post from last week about solo video games, there are definitely plenty of games that are best played with company. Fortunately I have Rachel as a ready-to-roll Player Two, but back in high school I used to be known among my friend group for running video game nights.

Let it be known that I was probably the nerdiest of my friends when it came to video games. Most of my friend group didn’t even own consoles, but they all had a fantastic time button mashing in Smash Bros. and throwing bananas at each other in Mario Kart while munching on my mother’s amazing chocolate desserts.

Then everyone kind of grew up. We had a few others here and there, but a couple of the friends were sometimes too serious in the pursuit of the level goals, bringing the rest of us down. Our game nights fizzled out until much later.

Rachel and I had an inkling to have an old-school video game night within the past year, reinvite some good friends, see how rusty everyone was in a Mario Kart game. We had a few new friends that we were planning to invite (such as the dude who is now our brother-in-law), mix and mingle the old with the new, see how everyone was doing.

But being an adult got in the way, and everyone just seemed too busy with family, work, getting married, taxes, things like that. Of course, paying bills and all is important, but I do get a bit melancholy thinking about those old video game nights. Rachel and I have spoken of what it would be like to be able to meet and have friends close by enough so we can have those video game nights again.

Perhaps one day we’ll be able to have and hook up all those console accessories that let us play more online games or even stream on Twitch. It’s a fun thought.

What about the rest of you? Do you all have a good group of gaming friends, or do you prefer solo games?