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nablopomo: video games

Its actually very hard to post every day when you don't really feel like posting. Right now I kind of wanted to just chill out and play some video games, but I don't want to back out on my commitment to NaBloPoMo. Its funny that its so difficult to write when I consider myself a writer and write things all the time. Its easier to do small talk about my day than it is to type up something intelligent, though, so I guess that is the difference that I notice. I would write about my personal life but I'm not entirely comfortable with that. There's a reason this journal is friends only in the first place.

Since I'm going to be playing some games, lets talk about games. I am an avid PlayStation supporter and I have been since I first got my PS1 and played Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon. There's something that PlayStation does that I like better than all the other consoles, though I do have a Wii as well. Some of the recent games I've gotten are BioShock (which I haven't even gotten to start) and LittleBigPlanet. Other games that I have on my PS3 that I really enjoyed are Oblivion and Assassin's Creed. I am rooted in platforming games, but I've branched out as much as possible since the PS3 came out. I really enjoy games that have expansive environments like Oblivion and Assassin's Creed because they are more realistic than those where you are confined within some well-placed backdrops. There is just something to be said about running and jumping on rooftops and such that is unparalleled in the gaming universe. Also the ability to advance the story when you feel like it and run and play hopscotch when you don't without penalty is what makes a game intriguing these days.

E3 actually debuted trailers for a lot of awesome looking games, some of which I mentioned already (LittleBigPlanet) and some which have not been released yet but look awesome. Mirror's Edge has one of the most amazing looking environments I've seen in a while with great contrasting colors that make it pop. The story sounds very interesting too. I haven't played the series before, but the new Prince of Persia game looks very enticing, despite the fact that its cell shaded, which I didn't like on Zelda's Windwaker installment. The reason I find PoP tolerable in this aspect is because it's not childish looking which is what turned me off when I tried out WindWaker. It was so babyish it made me throw up in my mouth a little bit. One of the more innovative games being released before Christmas is Deadly Creatures, a look at the world from the view of a spider and a scorpion. I don't care for either creature, but gaming them sounds like a lot of fun and seeing the world from the view of such small characters is an awesome aspect. Its also one of the more 'grown up' titles that the Wii has released. And of course the new Final Fantasy title, which unfortunately won't be out until next year, but it's something I've been looking forward to for quite some time, as well as Kingdom Hearts III, though I don't even think the latter has been officially confirmed as even being released. I must say, however, that this is one of the best photoshop jobs I've seen for a while.

Seeing as though I am just a casual gamer, mostly because of schooling time constraints, I've actually found a lot of games that capture my attention on the PS3, moreso than I had on the previous PS consoles. Granted I have taken more chances with my games recently than I ever did on the other consoles, thinking automatically that I wouldn't be any good at them regardless of having tried. Its amazing how other gamers take you more seriously when you pick up titles like Oblivion and Assassin's Creed as opposed to platforming games like Spyro and Crash that I was addicted to before. Girl gamers are still considered a rarity to some guys that I've spoken to, but there are also many who have become accustomed to playing games and running into girls playing too. Honestly I've always enjoyed the attention I've gotten from guys for being a girl who actually likes plays games and it will be sad to see that rarity go, but I am ready for girl gamers to be taken more seriously. There is nothing more appalling than a man who disregards a girl gamer and there's nothing more attractive than a guy who loves to play games with his girlfriend. Believe me guys, its a huge turn on for (gaming) girls when you include them in your gaming.