"Sure we want to keep playing? If you could see yourself!" My friend grins at me from the side. We're playing Cuphead on the Nintendo Switch. But while she was relaxing on the sofa, I took up the gamble: leaning forward, my eyes directly on the screen and the controller in my tense hands. Oh, and I swear. Not often, but when it does, it is very loud and like a kicker.
But I also have something like self-reflection and know that I sometimes look silly when gaming. And honestly – everyone has their quirks when playing. In this article I would like to introduce some common gaming habits and compare them with my own. Who knows, maybe you will find yourself again one time or another.
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"Just one more try …"
Over the past few years, I have come to know and love increasingly difficult games such as Dark Souls, Bloodborne or most recently Nioh 2. However, I have a problem: excessive ambition. As long as the current boss is not on the floor, I will not go to bed or end the current session! Among other things, this led me to turn night into day at Enenra, one of the early bosses of Nioh 2. I actually wanted to hit the bunk at midnight at the latest. However, Enenra forced a really epic fight on me. With a subtly underleveled character, it took a good four hours before I finally brought the blacksmith to his knees. Even better: I did the last attempt with a toothbrush in my mouth!
Even after 30 years as a video player, I still bite into bosses and particularly tough spots. I behave similarly in games like Civilization 6 or Anno 1800. I like to forget the time too, and a short session quickly turns into a whole night.
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Forgetting the good children's school
The phenomenon of the "gamer tourette" overwhelms me especially in local multiplayer or (you guessed it) in particularly difficult games. Trash talk is simply part of a game of FIFA 20. And even in couch-coop games like Overcooked 2 or earlier Left 4 Dead 2, the provocations and swear words often fly through the air. On the other hand, if I crouch alone in front of the screen, it doesn't stop me from occasional outbursts of emotion. Sometimes it just helps to let off steam!
This point often goes hand in hand with the level of difficulty of the respective game. When the going gets tough, players lean forward. How so? No idea! Maybe to be a bit closer to the screen? Maybe also to really focus on the next task.
I observe the exact opposite in the case of quieter games, such as the Anno 1800 mentioned above, because I slide ever lower in my gaming chair. And at the end of the evening I wonder why the neck and back hurt so much … So my tip: take a break from time to time, go up and down and try to relax your shoulders, neck and hands a little. Video games are supposed to be fun and not degenerate into physical work.
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I need nerve nutrition
The fact that players eat poorly is a common cliché: pizza, soft drinks and chips are just a few delicacies that should not be missing from any gaming evening. As much as I like to push nibbles into myself in between, I need nerve food in front of particularly tricky passages – ideally in the form of chocolate. The problem here: eating distracts me. And the more stuff I munch, the more ineffectively I play … at least until the candy is finally eaten.
Just take everything with you
Open-world games like Red Dead Redemption 2, Far Cry 4 or Assassin's Creed: Odyssey not only fill their game worlds with countless main and side quests, but also with collectibles. My weakness: If I am not careful, in games I mutate into a ruthless hunter-gatherer who simply has to take everything with him.
Example: In the anime adventure Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, I spent the first few hours playing up tons of orbs, wasting my time. In other games, however, I turn every stone over or destroy every clay jug. Always according to the motto: Maybe there is something valuable in there? For this reason, Death Stranding was an absolute self-test for me, because the game painfully reminded me of my rage with the help of a hopelessly overloaded Sam Porter Bridge.
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Too strong, too weak, too slow
This tendency to stop at little things is evident in a variety of behavior patterns. Especially at the beginning of a game, I like to let off steam and do all kinds of tasks. The result: I often go too much into the first boss fights, which is good for the flow of the game, but not always for the motivation.
On the other hand, I cling to much loved actions or weapon systems time and time again. See The Division 2: In Ubisoft's loot shooter, I held onto a streaky sniper rifle for a long time because I found a replacement that met my requirements. Sure, that was unreasonable. But this mixture of emotionality and laziness to learn a new way of playing occurs again and again with me.
But there are many other little habits that everyone knows. For example, pushing away help texts and tutorials in order to desperately search for explanations in the options. Or rushing through certain levels or starting a new round in multiplayer mode. We video gamers are just a wonderful people – and the longer you are there, the quirkier your habits become.
What funny, bizarre or just annoying gamer habits do you have? We look forward to numerous comments and funny anecdotes!
Play standing or leaning forward: For titles like Nioh 2 or Dark Souls, players often adopt an alternative posture. Does that really help you concentrate ?!
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