Metacognition: Love and Hate

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.

What are some things that you like and dislike about your gaming habits?

Oh. Well then.

I guess something I like about my gaming habits is that I’m pretty committed to a game once I start it. If it is a game I really like, or a series I really like, I also usually get pretty invested in the lore, although I’m often not active in The Fandom. But I will be a walking encyclopedia for that game or series.

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How did that get here?

Really. Ask me about Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Twilight Princess, or any of the Metal Gear games I’ve played. These are my game jams, as it were. And while it’s sort of silly, I do take pride in my knowledge of these games, and do not regret the time I spend delving into the lore, or even writing fanfiction about some of it.

Something else I like is that I’m pretty good at in-game puzzles. I realize now that it’s been a while since I played a true “puzzle” game, but I always get a little happy when there are riddles or logic puzzles that pop up in a game. For instance, I always re-figure out the invisible bridge portion of the Sacred Ashes quest in Dragon Age: Origins, and will systematically go through clues and pieces of information to piece together a solution with a fair amount of enjoyment.

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If I had to venture into the “things I don’t like so much” territory, I think I would start talking about some guilt that I’ve talked about before. Which relates back to some depression that I’ve also talked about. It’s a barrel of fun in my head, sometimes.

But at any rate, all this to say that one of the things I don’t like is that I will “put off” gaming sometimes. I do this with other hobbies, too, and I don’t particularly like it then, either. It’s something I’ve been working on, and I have told students of mine to “schedule fun” during their weeks, which has been helpful for me, as well.

Anyway, there you have it. Some things that I like and some things I am trying to improve about my gaming habits.

What about you? What do you like about your gaming habits? Is there anything you’d like to change? Let me know in the comments!

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

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  1. I’d have to agree to being committed to a game once I start. I don’t like to give up on a game until I’ve reached the end. I also tend to only play one game at a time (unless one is a narrative driven and the other isn’t!).

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  2. Gah! That ghostly bridge puzzle was a pain for Grey Warden Ellen. If I couldn’t smash it with my two-handed axe to solve it, I had no chance. Thank you internet guide I cheated with, haha. Maker forgive me… 😛

    I’d say Platinuming things is a bad gaming habit I should probably change. I’d likely be done playing the entire MGS series by now if I wasn’t obsessed with getting the shiny MGS2 Platinum. Oh well!

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