We’ve officially hit a point in my very first Blaugust where I find myself struggling more and more for blog post ideas a bit more than I might usually. Because the idea of Blaugust is to, you know, write a blog post daily, there’s less of an opportunity to really take a break and give your brain a bit to recharge before diving back into it.
Fortunately, though, the Blaugust community is a bit of a godsend in moments like this. See, most of us are subscribed to the feeds of the other participants in this and I just happened to notice today a blog post from Mr. Peril of Contains Moderate Peril today that was essentially a game of Would You Rather, a game that was originally posted by Krikket of Nerd Girl Thoughts.
And if any of you who have ever watched me play Elder Scrolls Online may know, one thing I love are questions that make me think far too long and hard about choosing one option or the other. (I’d wink, but you can’t really see that in a text-based medium.)
Like Krikket, I’m adding a few… restrictions, I suppose you could say. When considering each question, I’m adding an unspoken “for a year” onto the end of them because, really, forever is a very long time. Also, given the fact that this blog talks about different kinds of games (LARP, video games, and tabletop RPGs), I’m limiting myself to just thinking about these questions in terms of video games only so I don’t have to think about giving up socializing with friends completely. (You will pry D&D with my long-distance friends from my cold, dead hands.)
So without further ado… let’s play.
Would you rather play games only on console OR play games only on PC?
This one is probably the easiest question out of this entire Would You Rather game for me. I love my Switch dearly, but if it came down to playing games on one of the two for one year, I’d have to go with my PC. Between spending so much time on it for work and whatnot, I naturally gravitated to playing games on it, too, and I think it would be too weird for me to not touch it for gaming.
Would you rather play only single-player games OR only play multiplayer games?
Ah. We’ve arrived at our first truly tricky question! Also, the more I think about it, the more I realize that my choice changes depending on whether we’re looking at this one from a “for a year” or “for forever” perspective. I’m also choosing to assume this one that if a game has both a single-player and a multiplayer mode, I can only play that game in whichever mode I’m effectively “locking” myself into.
If we were just talking about a year and a year only, then I think I could handle playing only single-player games for a year. Do not get me wrong. I would miss my MMOs dearly. However, as I’ve mentioned in a few previous posts, the thing that I love about most games is the story, the journey that we get to go on as we play, and single-player games have incredible stories.
If we were talking about forever, though, then multiplayer games would have to win out. I could not imagine locking myself out of interacting with friends forever.
Would you rather play only games you already own OR play only games you would need to still acquire?
I take back what I said about the first question being the easiest. It’s this one. Given that we’re assuming that this is something we’d only be doing for one year, then I’d probably lock myself into playing games I already own. For one thing, it would allow me to revisit some old favorites to see if they still hold up. For another, it would be a nice way to conserve money. This would also allow me to work my way through my Steam library.
Do you know how many games I have sitting in my Steam library that I just haven’t touched yet for whatever reason?
….well, I mean, neither do I, but trust me when I say it’s a lot.
Would you rather play only games that challenge you mentally OR that challenge you physically?
This one actually proved to be a bit tougher than I anticipated, but mainly because I’m not entirely sure what the definition of “physically” is in this case. Does it mean things like platformers? Dark Souls? Dance Dance Revolution? What challenges someone physically varies depending on the person, really. Ultimately, I settled on it just meaning any sort of physical challenge since there’s such a wide variety.
My first thought was honestly to say “physically,” since it might motivate me to actually move a bit more. But then I remembered how frustrated I get with games that involve platforming or jumping challenges and realized that I would legitimately hate playing games forever if that’s what I was locked into, regardless of whether or not it was just for a year or the rest of my life.
So playing games that challenge me mentally it is.
Would you rather play only long/endless games OR play only games that are less than 20 hours long?
This is absolutely one of those questions that is going to hurt either way for me.
Y’all know I love MMOs. I love games that can just go on forever and you can do anything in it that you could ever want. However, some games can absolutely overstay their welcome. Some games, the story’s over quickly, and then you’re just running around with no direction whatsoever. And the games that are over quickly can be really good, too. By the time the game’s over, you’re left with what amounts to a ridiculously satisfying conclusion.
Honestly, I’d rather not pick at all, but that’s absolutely not in the spirit of this game.
If you were going to twist my arm and make me choose, I think I’d have to choose the endless ones. I could probably come up with any number of ways to play things like that.
Would you rather play only games released in the last 10 years OR play only games released more than 10 years ago?
The toughest question of them all.
As my previous mention of my Steam library of unplayed games would probably indicate, I have games in there from the last ten years and beyond. Some games a decade old and older still hold up even today, and if you need proof, look at The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which Bethesda continuously keeps re-releasing. It might even be fun to look at some games older than a decade for a year.
However, even with that, I think I’d still have to choose games released in the last 10 years. If I went with games released longer than a decade ago, I’d miss out on some really good indie titles and I think I would hate myself for that.