Recently I’ve been thinking about old games, retro games… the games of my youth. I remember that the enjoyment of a game whether it was IRL or on the SNES came down to how far you could extend it through your own imagination, and while a fair chunk of gamers are by far the most imaginative bunch I could imagine, it made me wonder when I sit down and blaze through Far Cry 3 for an hour or two have I totally given up on being imaginative nowadays?
Far Cry is a perfect game to screw around in, feel free one and all to drive like a maniac and try to find inventive ways to kill soldiers from above with falling cars OR creating death traps for friendly soldiers by ramming a car and waiting for another to drive straight towards the C4 you planted. But when I think about the majority of gamers out there playing Battlefield, LoL, WoW, and CoD how imaginative are they getting with their games and is this why some kinds of games just don’t work as well today as they once did? Minecraft for example relies on you being able to draw,from your imagination, all of your fun. But the average 28 year old Xbox gamer who bought Minecraft for a laugh might only get so far as completing all the games achievements, and why? Because he couldn’t find the will to imagine all the things he COULD do.
I can’t say that gamers these days aren’t imaginative anymore, not for sure. But I feel like a large chunk of the community has gotten too lazy to always be feeding their experiences with their own imaginations, after all playing Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout left a 14-year-old me running around outside pretending to be a super sayain because all of a sudden the game opened up a world of interactivity and reality that I never took from the TV show. We shouldn’t have 40 year olds acting like that but maybe it’s time that we started thinking about how our own imaginations affect how much we enjoy the games we play, how much imagination does playing LoL encourage in its community or are we just churning through the delivered experience without adding our own ideas. After all don’t we all dream of a game where we can do anything we want to?