Lola’s Ramblings is a feature on my blog Lola’s Reviews where I ramble on about a book related or a non-book related topic. These are discussion type of posts where I talk about a topic and readers can weigh in on the topic in the comments. Usually these posts are everything that doesn’t fall under any standard header, like tours, cover reveals, memes, challenges, recaps or reviews. Lola’s Ramblings posts are discussions of a certain topic and my point of view on them. The banner for this feature is designed by Michelle from Limabean Designs.
So far I’ve been enjoying doing these game related posts the past few months, so when a topic for one comes to mind I’ll write it. Even though not many of my blog followers are gamers as well it’s still fun to talk about it. Today I wanted to talk about why I enjoy gaming.
Why I enjoy Gaming
- Fun. The main reason why I enjoy gaming is because it’s fun. There are a lot of different types of games and they all are different types of fun, but the games being fun is a main reason why I enjoy gaming.
- Story. I love stories, no matter in which form, whether it’s written in books or throughout games. Not all games have a story, sometimes it’s more a concept like with puzzle games or the story is pretty simple. But there are also games which are more story focused or even games that are very story driven and were the story is the main element. I like finding out what happens, next following the story and exploring the story.
- Excitement. Games are exciting! There’s nothing that compares to finally finishing a difficult level or going up against a difficult boss or finding the solution to a difficult puzzle. It’s exciting!
- Relaxing. While games can be exciting, they also can be a way to relax. It also depends on the exact game or the level which of the two it is more and sometimes a game can be both relaxing and exciting.
- Escapism. Gaming is a way to distance myself form everyday troubles and go up in a game. Same way as reading is a way of escapism, games work that way as well. While I am gaming I go up in the game and don’t worry or think as much. It’s nice.
- Gameplay. To quote Wikipedia: “Gameplay is the specific way in which players interact with a game, and in particular with video games. Gameplay is the pattern defined through the game rules, connection between player and the game, challenges and overcoming them, plot and player’s connection with it.”
Every game is different in it’s gameplay and the gameplay I also part of what makes games fun. How you can interact with the game. It’s fun how different games have different types of gameplay and I like playing different game genres just as I like reading different book genres.
- Interactive. I like that games are interactive, you play a role and can interact with the game, with the characters you meet, with the world. You can determine what’s going to happen and how.
- Exploring. I also like the exploring part of games, whether it’s a whole world you have to explore or new levels skills etc. Discovering new things and exploring the game or the game world is part of the fun.
- Control. This ties is pretty closely with the interactive one. In games you have a certain sense of control, you control a character and what they do or a group of characters or you are the one who decides which towers to upgrade. There is an elements of control, you control what happens and how the game changes. That’s what I like. It’s quite active compared to reading, which is more passive. Not saying one is better than the other, but sometimes I am more in the mood for one of those than the other. Or I game first before picking up a book to go and read.
- Thinking. Not something that applies to all games, but many games have some element of thinking. Thinking about what to do next, what to do or what to upgrade. I like that part. With puzzle games this part is more extensive, while with other games it’s more laid back. It just depends on what I am in the mood for what I prefer.
- Graphics. This one does not apply to all games and overall I would say graphics aren’t a big factor in whether I pick up a game or not, but graphics are part of how you experience a game. I don’t always care about the quality of a graphics and a cartoonish style can be just as visually fun to look at as realistic ones, but I do like the graphic parts of a game. With reading I like that you can visualize things and with games I like the fact you actually see what is happening. So yes graphics are part of what I enjoy about gaming. And there are games were the graphics really enhance the experience. Or some games were the graphics are so pretty it’s just amazing to watch.