I would consider myself an intermediate gamer after getting fully acquainted with games and the gaming world with a little help from my gamer friends. I can’t say I am a total newbie at gaming. I played with my friends’ and family’s consoles when I went over their houses as a kid. Even then, I never had the nagging desire to be a gamer until much later in life with the introduction of motion games and the increasingly well made RPGs you find out there these days.
During my pre-gamer days, I would watch as my friends and family, who have been gamers since they were old enough to hold a controller, would on occasion get the overwhelming feeling of gamer rage when they encounter a frustrating part of a game.
I’ll admit, I never understood why they would get worked up over a game. It just seems silly to me to get mad at a TV screen filled with pixelated characters as if they are real people you are venting off at. Of course, I realized later that you have to be a gamer to understand. Believe me, I get it now.
Gamers are a passionate bunch. We play to have fun and escape. Let’s face it, it’s much cooler to explore a world that is different from our own, and it’s much better to follow the journey of someone else for a change. The combat systems are amazing to get our hands on, and most of the time the story of the hero we are controlling is so intriguing you just want to keep playing to find out how it will end.
The enjoyment gets slightly dampened when gamer rage suddenly hits you. It may be a boss fight or a random gamer being a jerk to you during online multi-player. Whatever it is, it makes us want to throw our controllers…among other things.
The first time I experienced gamer rage was when I played Final Fantasy IV for the Nintendo DS. I encountered a boss that was hard to beat. I have tried just about everything to beat it. After maybe a fifth try, I had to put down my DS before I threw it out the window.
The worse case of it was when I played Mass Effect 3. One of the boss fights I didn’t particularly enjoy fighting was Kai Leng. One of my friends said playing as a certain class in this game makes it quite easy to beat him. Apparently, I wasn’t playing the right class at the time to beat him. Eventually, I figured out the right strategy playing as a Vanguard class during the game––keep your distance and run like hell. It took a few tries for me to finally figure it out. Still, I didn’t like the smug and cocky jerk, and I let loose tons of colorful language as I watched him kill my Shepard instantly many times over. But once I figured out what I needed to do, it was very gratifying to watch my Shepard really stick it to him once and for all.
I’ll never forget the one thing my friend said to me when I was over her house and we were playing a game. I got frustrated at one point in the game and really slammed the controller on the bed. Watching me with an amused expression on her face she said, “You are now a gamer.” According to her, I have undergone a rite of passage to be considered a true gamer. I still think it’s comical how we gamers take our games too seriously, but you shrug it off and keep playing. At least the satisfaction of finally overcoming a boss or level is just waiting around the corner. You just have to be patient and maybe hurl insults at your TV for a little while before getting there.
Have you experienced a particularly bad gamer rage moment? Do you believe you aren’t truly a gamer without knowing some frustration while playing a game?