It’s late and I should be asleep. Well, late by a parent standards…..

Originally posted 2015-05-20 23:07:24.

And you know what’s keeping me up? fishing fishing fishing. Oh I admit it, I love gaming, but fishing is just something on another level for me. I can’t decide if I want to fish locally this weekend or head to Erie and perch fish… These are the thoughts that continuously roll through my head as I try to go to sleep and to be perfectly honest it is very common for me to have dreams about fishing.

Now please don’t get me wrong, I really do enjoy gaming. I have been gaming since the Atari came out. Hours of playing Donkey Kong and ET and Pitfal just devouring parts of my life especially when I visited my family. Nowadays my tastes in gaming have become more refined to a point where I simply become an elitist at the few games I continually play and beat. To be perfectly honest I am 100% comfortable when I say I beat Bloodborne, Dark Souls and Dark Souls 2 so I pretty much don’t care about any other games. Now, I’m sure they’re fun and I’m sure you can spend hours playing them what have you ever reached level 400 and backstabbed some jag off then invade your world and killed their ass in one shot? I doubt you have, and that’s okay because there is hope for you yet.

You see, Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin has recently been released to the ps4. if you have not played this game you are doing yourself a disservice especially if you think of yourself as an RPG gamer. it’s true that the gameplay is not as open world or open ended as say Skyrim or anything along those lines regarding the Elder Scrolls series, but what it lacks in those freedoms it makes up for in sheer difficulty and the sense of accomplishment you have when you actually manage to kill some a****** NPC that you find yourself perpetually losing to. Now one may say that if you playing something like Skyrim your character get strong enough that you don’t have to worry about dying to some random NPC, but I believe but that really takes away from the realistic aspect of the game.

So your level 100? That’s great. Wow you managed to kill an army of warriors and mages? That’s awesome. Well I can tell you that at level 100 you can walk through in fairly basic level in Dark Souls and some damn skeleton can shank you in your spine and take you down about 12 pegs in a single shot…..I think that is glorious. You want to try to find a dragon? Unless you have a plan of action you are well and truly boned. Did I mention the fact that every time you die you also come back weaker? Yeah that way you can see if you learned your lesson and know that if you screw up again the next time it’s going to be even harder. I honestly feel like this is an absolutely genius mechanism to these games, Bloodborne included.

When it comes to games and gaming I am a much bigger fan RPGs then I am anything else. I feel like when I spend 60 or 70 dollars on a game then I should have to sit there for 40 plus hours to beat it. I really feel grossly underwhelmed when I’m playing what seems to be a good game and within 8 hours or so. It just seems like a total waste of money.

One thing that I can say about gaming and RPGs in particular is that I truly miss the old Japanese role-playing games like Lunar the Silver Star, Vay, and virtually every other Working Designs Studios game that was ever put out on the Sega CD or the Sega Saturn. By and large these are my favorite games ever and I don’t know why since I am NOT personally a fan of anime. You know one of the greatest things that I have ever seen in a video game was when PottleĀ the elf is running alongside you in the game Vay, and this sadistic NPC pops up from a rampart during a cinema scene and straight up shoots him through the liver with a massive crossbow bolt and he freaking dies. Boom! Your secondary character in the game, a person you have spent hours improving on and equipping and spending time making a better healer just dies. you have no choice, there’s nothing you can do about it, and he has a wound that looks like a 125 grain rage broadhead has blown through him. to this day it is one of the greatest things I have seen during the cinema play of any video game.

Anyway I will hold you no longer I really need to get to sleep, so just remember, Git Good.