We live in a society that is affixed and obsessed with all sorts of different labels. Many times, we spend way too much time in our lives trying to identify with or conform to these various labels. For instance, if you were to ask people what type of gamer they are, many would respond as their type based on a genre or whether or not they play with other people. That is fine if they want to be identified in that way. But if you are a gamer like me, you have a very vast and unique way that you go about gaming that can’t be broken down into generalized classifications.
I view myself as an evolving gamer. There were times when I was mainly into RPG and fighting games. Then there were other times that sports games and first person shooters dominated my game library. Today, I have a library that encompasses all sorts of genres and types. I am not limited to just one or a few areas. My gaming interests aren’t confined to individual genres or classifications. I simply like what I like and I enjoy what I enjoy. Does this describe you?
In the past year, I have become open to a variety of new game genres. Online co-op gaming, rogue-lites and turn based strategy are just a few. All three of these were game types that I had either minimized or avoided throughout my gaming history. But when I saw videos of people playing games within these other genres, I couldn’t get over how fun it looked. So I decided to start giving them a try. For online co-op gaming, I dived into Destiny 2 and Star Wars Battlefront II. In rogue-lites, I explored Dead Cells and Hades. When it came to turn based strategy, Fire Emblem Three Houses and the XCom series have been a blast. Now I find myself investing more and more in these areas when I am looking for new games to play.
Visual novels, top-down and twin-stick shooters, deck building, real-time strategy and sandbox creation games have also been catching my interest as of late. I’ve even dipped into a little bit of Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) and Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) gaming as well. Expanding my horizons and not limiting myself to just certain types of games has gone a long way into enhancing my gaming time as well as introducing me to welcoming new gaming experiences.
You’ll find that there are a lot of opinions out there. Other gamers will constantly try to persuade you that their preferences and opinions on gaming are what the whole world needs to go by. While I respect their right to their opinion, I couldn’t disagree more. If you are satisfied with how you game, don’t change it. Now if you find that gaming isn’t for you in general, I won’t try to stop you. Video games aren’t for every one nor were they meant to be. But if you are somewhere in the middle where you enjoy gaming but it has become stale and other gamers’ advice isn’t providing a solution, here is my advice. Be open to new experiences. Explore a genre you never have. Explore games developed by independent companies that aren’t the big name corporations like EA, Activision and Ubisoft. Be willing to try something new. You may just find the next best thing.