Once upon a time, in a far off time, video games had soul, heart, and life. Games had personality, little quirks that made the game feel more…well human! Gone are the days of staying up all night playing Star Wars: Rogue Squadron to find the Easter eggs and the cheat codes so that you could unlock the Millennium Falcon. Gone is the joy of playing Super Smash Bros. on the N64 and not knowing when a new unlockable character would show up (Jigglypuff anyone?). So what happened?
The problem with games today goes by many names: Intertubes, Blaggosphere, Interwebs, or just plan Internet. Because everything became available online to watch, learn, or unlock (I’m looking at you, Freemium Games), the challenge disappeared. Why spend 8 hours in a single room of Zelda: Ocarina of Time when you can watch a walkthrough on YouTube that will show you how to do it in a matter of minutes? Because that is where the fun was!
The truth of the matter is, the good games are still out there, however the good gamers are a dying breed. If we all spent a little more time trying to figure something out, it will be far more fun, fulfilling, and enjoyable when you actually accomplish the challenge.