Metacognition: Old Friends

We’re back with our “thinking about thinking” series! If you’re interested in our previous deep thoughts, check out the Metacognition series.  Join us for some deep thoughts (and maybe the occasional not-so-deep thought) about gaming. If you find one you’d like to answer, you can either comment below or write a post and share the link so we can all read your fantastic thoughts!

Do you like staying current with games, or do you prefer games that are “old favorites” or “tried and true”?

It’s a little of column A and a little of column B, I suppose.

Recently, I played a game that I had a lot of trouble getting through. Before that, I played a few different games that have been on my “to play” list for a long, long time and that I was so very excited to play.

And yet, for some reason, I keep looking at my BioWare games, and Metal Gear Solid games, and Twilight Princess and just… wanting to play them over and over and over again, like I used to do before starting this whole blog thing.

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The idea of “so many games to play” is one that haunts most gamers, and although I get a little sad when I look at how long my “to play” list has become, I was usually still quite content to cycle through the same few games over and over again. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve played Metal Gear Solid 2 and I definitely completed Dragon Age: Origins through three times in about a week and a half, and that doesn’t mention the other playthroughs I’ve done. I could walk through the world of Twilight Princess in my sleep. I can spout out Mass Effect trivia like it’s my job.

And if I could only ever play those games for the rest of my life… well… I’d be perfectly happy with that.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had some wonderful fun with new games, and I always love absorbing new stories and getting lost with new character friends. I love being able to talk about current games with other people, and, as much as I could happily analyze the stuffing out of any of my favorite games, I love digging into a new game for the fascinating intellectual gem that could be hidden inside its virtual world.

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Actual depiction of what I do when analyzing a game.

But I recently found myself missing playing some of my old favorites. I’m so happy that Year of the RPG is immersing me in so many new stories that, quite honestly, have been on my radar for some time but… I miss playing Dragon Age. I miss flying around the galaxy with Commander Shepard. I miss listening to Midna sass everything that moves, and listening to Solid Snake’s gravelly voice exclaim “Metal Gear?!” in shock in every single game he’s in.

But on the other hand, I would never have picked up a Metal Gear game if it hadn’t been for my brother. I wouldn’t have heard of Dragon Age if my grad school wasn’t putting on a concert with video game music. And I wouldn’t have gotten into Mass Effect if I hadn’t played Dragon Age first.

So… while I love my old favorites, and I love the tried and true games, there’s always a part of me that’s always looking at the next game like one does with a new classmate: eagerly awaiting to see if I’m about to make a new friend.

What about you? Do you prefer games that you know and love, or do you prefer to stay current with all the hot new games? Has your gaming habit changed since starting to blog? Does it ever bother you? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you soon!
~Athena

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6 thoughts on “Metacognition: Old Friends

  1. My to-play list has grown so much that what I think of as new games are maybe a couple years old. Between the ever-increasing number of games that come out every year and the fact that I keep playing old favourites (¯\_(ツ)_/¯), I don’t think I will ever be the kind of person that plays new games the moment they come out (the only exception I can think of is Kingdom Come, because the hype for that title really got me).

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    1. Yeah, I just did a massive overhaul on my to-play list, and I’m still in the same boat. “New” games are a few years old at this point! I do make exceptions, like for Andromeda, Kingdom Come, or, more recently, Detroit: Become Human, but sometimes it’s nice just to settle in for a night with some familiar characters!

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  2. I finally gave the old backlog concept the boot when I snapped and deleted my blog. Now I’m going to focus on playing each game to the fullest, and I no longer feel any pressure to keep up with the crazy pace of AAA game launches. I still enjoy collecting games so if something is cheap and catches my eye, on the shelf it goes because I have a problem, haha.

    And I guess I’ll just keep going with what you recommend because Dragon Age and Mass Effect were freaking amazing! 😀

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  3. I have such a long list of games to play, too. Hm, well I kind of try to do both. I’m currently playing FFVI as part of my Final Fantasy re/play project, but I’ve also dabbled in more recent titles like Mario + Rabbids, and I did finish Mario Odyssey. Even though my backlog is daunting, I also allow myself to not finish things that don’t hold my attention. I think I’ve played enough of Rabbids to call it a day. I enjoy it, but the battle parts are really difficult, and I find I kind of dread them. I love the puzzles, but I think I might see if I can watch the rest of the game.

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    1. I heard that Odyssey was actually very good, so I’m glad you got through it! Honestly, that Rabbids thing hold no interest of mine, but people seem to love it…. Nothing wrong with finishing a game by watching a let’s play!!

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