I am a social gamer. I enjoy talking about video games more, oftentimes, than actually playing them. I also prefer playing through a game co-op versus playing single-player. Unless the single-player mechanics/gameplay are mind-blowing, then sign me up. There is something compelling about sharing a game experience. Whether that is shooting aliens together in a Halo game or operating on a patient in tandem in Trauma Center. Video games are best played with one another.
Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance and Halo: Combat Evolved were two games I played through with my friend Cory. Fun times where we would purposefully get together, drink the soda, and push through the game at hand. Finding/equipping new gear, fragging enemies, and general friendship created fond memories for me. I miss those times.
When we first started dating, I brought my silver GameCube over to Tabitha’s house. She was not a gamer, but I wanted her to fall in love with video games, like me. So I introduced her to The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. I can still remember her trying to get through the pirate ship’s hold. Lanterns swaying, platforms threatening to disappear, the game proved challenging for her. And yet, she made it.
Our gaming together has continued since we married.
- Super Mario Galaxy
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
- Tomb Raider and the Guardian of Light
The above are a small sampling of series that we have played together. Sometimes even playing with a walkthrough in hand. Don’t judge.
My son and I have started our own tradition of playing video games together. With him, just as with my wife, I have had to learn to chill out and watch how I talk while playing. I hope that:
- Memories are being made. Good memories.
- Muscle memory and skills are developing
- My love of virtual worlds is being passed on
Surrounded by people, encouraged by friends, gaming together is awesome.
Let the Mario Parties begin.