Old Man Musings – The Games I Want to Play

Things are always changing. It’s important to know that’s not inherently a bad thing. It’s easy to give in to the pull of nostalgia and say that the old way is the best way and we should stick with that. I mean, let’s be honest, this category of posts is called “Old Man Musings.” That’s pretty damning evidence that I’m going to come down on the side of nostalgia. But there’s no inherent guarantee that older is actually better.

Games have changed a lot over the course of my being a gamer. We’re seeing two categories of games rocket off in terms of popularity/market saturation, and neither of them interest me. I don’t know if we need to go back to the way things were, but I would certainly enjoy if we remembered it as we create new games.

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Quest vs Dogma – Opposite Ends of the Level Spectrum

I heard a lot of good things about Dragon’s Dogma. I read a bit about it, watched videos, and eventually picked it up on the cheap. Sadly, though my expectations were set at a reasonable level (I was expecting to be underwhelmed), the game shattered them. And not with a rocket to awesomeness – but with a drastic drop that I can only describe as the least fun I’ve had playing an RPG since I don’t know when.

I think the major fault of the game is a terribly poor implementation of leveling up. So let’s take a look at the king of leveling up: Dragon Quest, and compare it to the experience I found in Dragon’s Dogma.

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