Single Player Mode

Double Jump Kris MiiHey everyone, Kristen here! I have quite a bit of time on my hands this week, so I was thinking about what kind of games I could play to pass the time…

Games have made tremendous stride in becoming great social activities, from multiplayer games in the living room to online games capable of allowing you to play with people from all over the globe.

Sometimes, though, it’s nice to be able to just a play a game by yourself.

Fire Emblem games are ones that I prefer to play by myself. They’re brilliant to talk about with others, and there’s a lovely fandom for the game, but if you’re just sitting next to the person playing the game, it’s not the most exciting. Rachel can testify to that!

Harvest Moon is another game that I prefer to play while hanging out alone. It’s so relaxing (usually), and I almost always get sleepy after a good virtual farming session.

Then there are games that are one-player games that should be multiplayer, like the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney games. They’re utterly brilliant, and it’s so much fun trying to find clues and figure out how the crimes were committed with others. It’s not so much fun trying to cram together to stare over one Nintendo DS console to see the game.

What about you? What kind of games do you enjoy playing solo?


What Are You Playing?

Happy Wednesday, everyone! It’s one more day closer to the weekend! Rachel and I are blessed with a long weekend coming up and, of course, we’re talking about what we’re going to do with our free time. Besides a Disney movie marathon (because why not), our weekend will definitely include video games.

We are going to have no social life this week! But that’s great because I can’t wait to kick my feet up and play through a couple of games. I haven’t had a chance to sit down and just worry about the next boss battle in my game for a long time. There’s always something that needs to get done or I have to go to work or something like that…

But that’s what makes playing video games special. We’d get bored pretty quickly if we did nothing but play video games all day. Not to mention, it’s probably not that healthy to be staring at a screen with pixelated characters all day. When we can play video games, it’s usually a great time!

We’re still playing Yoshi’s Woolly World. We still have to get all those flowers and unlock those extra levels! In the meantime, I’ve been playing Paper Mario, one of my all-time favorite games.

Paper Mario won’t take you long at all to finish. We’ve played it so many times, it barely takes us twenty hours to finish the game anymore. I’m still working on Fire Emblem Fates, Birthright to be exact. I probably could have finished the Birthright storyline by now, but Birthright is known for being the easier of the three Fates installments. I’m a sucker for building my army and their supports.

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I’m almost done with the game. I got the second star in about an hour and got two other stars in one night in just a couple of hours. It’s a pretty easy, straight-forward game, but when you’ve played it so many times it just gets easier and easier. Though I’ll never stop playing it. I have to say, I’ve never played a Fire Emblem game.

Paper Mario may be simple, especially after enjoying the game so much, but it has fantastic replay value for us. I think I’m going to make you play a Fire Emblem game. It’s definitely more of a solo game with the strategy that’s involved, but it’s challenging with a great storyline and awesome characters.

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I’m sure it is! It’s just not something I’m used to playing. If I could have a bunch of games just like Paper Mario I would play those all day long.

What have you been playing lately?

Games and Socializing

Double Jump Kris MiiHello everyone, and happy Monday!

With last week’s posts detailing favorite multiplayer games and co-op modes, this post is dedicated to how video games contribute to our social needs (kind of like the Sims, ya know?).

Back in the day, being a gamer was on par with being a nerd who had no life. Gamers were those elusive folks who spent the majority, if not all, of their free time hanging out in their parents’ basement and pwning noobs in their favorite MMORPG.

That last sentence was painful to write.

Nowadays, not so much. Video games have become one of the top ways for people to socialize with WiFi always at the ready. In fact, we’re in such a digital age, that meeting others online — through dating sites or video games — is the second most popular way to meet others, just second to being introduced to others through mutual friends.

Despite all the misconception about gamers being anti-social, I think it’s funny how most video game companies have been trying to avert that for years. For instance, the reason why Pokemon started with both the Red and the Blue version was to force others to interact and trade those version-exclusive Pokemon with each other.

(Of course, we were/are such Pokemon fans that we got both versions anyway, but that’s besides the point.)

Video games are such a focal point in our daily lives in this digital age, especially with all the vast improvements to them — storylines, graphics, characters — that even those who don’t play games on a regular basis know about them. Mario and Call of Duty are well-known enough that those who haven’t picked up a controller know about them.

Those who create and produce video games are just as creative as those who work in the movie industry. Indeed, they’re pretty similar: script, camera and control work, voice acting, plot, it’s all there.

So, if going to the movies — where you sit in silence in a darkened room — is considered social, it makes sense that video games — where you’re shouting strategies and curses together while (usually) working toward a common goal — are social as well. Many of my favorite games have a co-op mode, and it’s awesome reaching for the same goal with Rachel or my friends, or even sabotaging them to make sure I’m the best.

How about you? Are video games a social thing for you, or do you prefer to play solo while getting away from the real world?