Monday, 29 February 2016

I Play Video Games

This weekend I finished a video game I was playing on my iPad, Hero Emblems. It was fun; I played the last battle together with my son, and we deployed the much dreaded "super defence" tactic to beat two bosses in a row.
According to the game stats, I spent 45 hours on this game, a game that cost me $1. In comparison, I spent much less time on all the my recent PS4 A Titles combined, a list that includes prestigious games such as Fallout 4, Star Wars: Battlefront, and Project Cars. Games I spent hundreds of dollars on.
Clearly, the latter are way better games than Hero Emblems. Fallout 4, in particular, won every Game of the Year award I am aware of.
Even more clearly, none of this glory matters. At this particular chapter of my life, accessibility matters much more than quality. Being able to have a short go at something in between doing other things is the one thing that still allows me to play a video game; with Fallout it takes an hour just to warm up. Me, I rarely get a straight hour of gaming anymore.
I would love it if game developers take notice of the fact. I already had one iPad game, World of Tanks Blitz, win my Game of the Year award last year; by all objective accounts, Hero Emblems should walk all over Fallout this year.

Hero Emblems image used under the assumption of fair use

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