What kind of gamer are you?

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Posted by Pikminmaniac (8796 posts) 7 months, 13 days ago

Poll: What kind of gamer are you? (68 votes)

One who plays mostly for the gameplay, level design, and challenge 56%
One who plays mostly for the atmosphere, setting, and story 44%

I feel like there are two major camps for most players and I've decided to make a very bare bones poll to represent this.

If you HAD to absolutely choose between the two above sanctions, what would you pick? What aspects give you the most enjoyment out of a game? If you truly cannot decide, let's discuss.

I do enjoy a nice open world game that immerses me in a world I've always wanted to explore the way Red Dead and AC 4 have done. I've always wanted to experience the wild west and what it's like to be a pirate, but in the end I'm far more on the gameplay, level design, and challenge side of things. Give me a game with clever level design and a challenge that'll put hair on my chest and I'll be a happy camper.

#1 Edited by FoxbatAlpha (6187 posts) -

I love the exploration and open worlds the most. I do enjoy the occasional rage quit too.

#2 Posted by IamAdorable (402 posts) -

I honestly can't pick. I've had very satisfying experiences for both options. Whether I'm immersing myself in a game that presents itself well through atmosphere and setting, or one that provides a challenging, and fun experience.

#3 Posted by Some-Mist (5630 posts) -

I'm in the same boat and can't really choose. I rarely find games that find a decent middle ground (i.e. I haven't even considered touching TLOU) as I mostly stick to point and click adventures or shoot-em-ups and action titles. the last couple of titles I've played are battle garegga, mushihimesama futari, and broken age.

#4 Posted by Consternated (495 posts) -

Gameplay, no doubt. I can sit through a mediocre story for fun gameplay, but I struggle with the opposite.

#5 Edited by speedfog (3056 posts) -

Hardcore cows can't pick the first one.

#6 Edited by Zassimick (6369 posts) -

I don't want to be another who can't decide, because that's where I'm currently at, so I'd love to discuss to figure it out! :P

It pretty much comes down to the game clicking with me on these two levels: presentation and gameplay. I absolutely adore Red Dead Redemption and Uncharted 2, and the thing about those games is that although they focus so much on the presentation side of things I love the gameplay.

Then I have games like Pokémon, Super Mario 3D World (or any of them, really) and it's the gameplay and the experience each provides. Super Smash Bros and Borderlands, these games have fun gameplay while passing on getting you involved in a rich narrative.

To assist in figuring it out, below in the spoiler tags will be some of my favorite games:

  • Final Fantasy XII
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  • Pokémon: HeartGold
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2
  • Super Mario Bros 3
  • Super Smash Bros Brawl
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

EDIT: I'll say that challenge doesn't mean very much to me; varies by game. If the game is easy but fun I'll love it (i.e. Kirby or Prince of Persia,) but if it's very difficult I lose interest quickly. I love the gameplay in Demon's Souls and would love an easier game with similar combat, but after hours of attempting to improve I just couldn't figure the game out.

#7 Edited by Demonjoe93 (9531 posts) -

It varies on the genre.

#8 Posted by shawn30 (4364 posts) -

Story, Atmosphere, Gameplay, excitement, and challenge is how I describe my interests.

#9 Posted by GamingGod999 (2977 posts) -
#10 Edited by treedoor (7648 posts) -

I'm both of those.

#11 Posted by PrincessGomez92 (3504 posts) -

Gameplay is really the most important thing.

#12 Posted by g0ddyX (3909 posts) -

Ones that HAVE BOTH.

#13 Posted by Desmonic (13508 posts) -

Only correct answer is the "h4rdc00rzz!!1!" :P

I enjoy both to be honest. If a game has a great story and atmosphere I may be willing to overlook potential flaws. Likewise if a game has great and fun gameplay I can forgive the lack of a story/atmostphere.

If a game lacks both, well f*ck that sh!t lol

#14 Edited by Gue1 (9570 posts) -

when you play Naughty Dog's games you don't have to chose. Leave that to the Nintendrones....

#15 Posted by lundy86_4 (43047 posts) -

I play for all those, but if I had to strictly choose, i'm more of a story/atmosphere kinda guy... That being said, if the gameplay is turd, I probably won't enjoy it.

#16 Edited by Nonstop-Madness (9469 posts) -

It definitely varies on the game and how I'm feeling but I tend to lean more towards atmosphere, setting, and story.

#17 Posted by Maddie_Larkin (6408 posts) -

I'm pretty much all over the gamer map I suppose, if it is on a pc, console or a handheld, there is a good chance that I playied it or something like it.

So i tends to be based on my mood that day.

#18 Edited by locopatho (20192 posts) -

The best games have both, I don't need to choose. Quality gameplay is enhanced by atmosphere and story.

#19 Edited by Minishdriveby (9777 posts) -

It depends on what I go into the game expecting.

#20 Posted by Nengo_Flow (9559 posts) -

Honestly, im 60% for atmosphere, setting, and story and 40% for gameplay, level design, and challenge

#21 Edited by jg4xchamp (47521 posts) -

I love how you can't enjoy both.

Anyway the gameplay. More importantly the interactivity(that doesn't necessarily mean challenge for instance). If the interactive aspects of the game are poor, the game is poor. There is no getting around that. The game fails at the one thing that makes this medium unique. If it fails that, what the fuck is the point? An attempt at telling you a story in a passive manner? There are substantially better mediums for that.

Now games that actually tell their stories through game mechanics. Those are special.

#22 Posted by silversix_ (14122 posts) -

Exploration is the most important part for me. A game in which you walk corridors in a straight line and kill enemies that spawn in front of you is what i disliked the most of all things (cod/bf kind of titles).

#23 Edited by xxyetixx (1264 posts) -

I don't play for any of those reasons anymore. I play to get online with my friends and have a good time. Have a little time for myself.

#24 Posted by Pikminmaniac (8796 posts) -

I love how you can't enjoy both.

Anyway the gameplay. More importantly the interactivity(that doesn't necessarily mean challenge for instance). If the interactive aspects of the game are poor, the game is poor. There is no getting around that. The game fails at the one thing that makes this medium unique. If it fails that, what the fuck is the point? An attempt at telling you a story in a passive manner? There are substantially better mediums for that.

Now games that actually tell their stories through game mechanics. Those are special.

But I said in the OP that I do enjoy both, but rather one over the other. That's what this thread's about.

Also, I completely agree 100% with what you've said in the rest of your post. This medium is unique because of interactivity. Telling stories using the same methods of other mediums isn't going to push things further or get video games taken seriously by the general public. Why did Citizen Kane get praised as much as it did? Because it showed the unique story telling qualities that only film could produce.

#25 Posted by Yoshi9000 (391 posts) -

I voted atmosphere, setting, and story if I had to choose, but ideally, I prefer a mix of

-level design, story, atmosphere, and gameplay. Such games I really enjoyed were bioshock and half life 2

#26 Posted by jg4xchamp (47521 posts) -

@jg4xchamp said:

I love how you can't enjoy both.

Anyway the gameplay. More importantly the interactivity(that doesn't necessarily mean challenge for instance). If the interactive aspects of the game are poor, the game is poor. There is no getting around that. The game fails at the one thing that makes this medium unique. If it fails that, what the fuck is the point? An attempt at telling you a story in a passive manner? There are substantially better mediums for that.

Now games that actually tell their stories through game mechanics. Those are special.

But I said in the OP that I do enjoy both, but rather one over the other. That's what this thread's about.

Also, I completely agree 100% with what you've said in the rest of your post. This medium is unique because of interactivity. Telling stories using the same methods of other mediums isn't going to push things further or get video games taken seriously by the general public. Why did Citizen Kane get praised as much as it did? Because it showed the unique story telling qualities that only film could produce.

It's the way you present the thread "what kind of gamer are you". Feels too much like funneling someone into a label. The question is more about if it came down to it, which of these can you tolerate: Shit gameplay or shit story. Plus there are plenty of other reasons for playing videogames.

#27 Posted by Bigboi500 (29401 posts) -

On the one hand I appreciate good gameplay with a decent challenge and I hate mindless button-mashing, but on the other hand I don't care about overcoming ragingly difficult games to soothe my ego or for bragging rights. This old veteran gamer just wants to enjoy his time while gaming and be pleasantly entertained while doing it.

Story isn't super important because it's virtually impossible to tell a stellar one in this format. As long as it's decent and coherent, I'm happy with it most of the time.

I'd say atmosphere and level design is most important to me these days.

#28 Edited by PyratRum (561 posts) -

Gameplay always comes first to me but I'm a total sucker for a great setting and atmosphere. So fuck you, I pick both.

Also, why do I feel like this is another one of your undercover Uncharted 2 hate threads?lol

#29 Posted by Renegade_Fury (17068 posts) -

First kind. Presentation will never be enough to carry a game for me.

#30 Posted by musicalmac (22935 posts) -

Pretty limited options here, don't you think? :P

Where's the, "Plays games that are fun" option?

#31 Posted by Lulu_Lulu (10556 posts) -

I love both Equally, although you can't have both simultaneously.

And As always. Cutscenes don't count as story (There goes 90% of JRPGs).

#32 Posted by Lulu_Lulu (10556 posts) -

@ jg4xchamp

"Now games that actually tell their stories through

game mechanics. Those are special."

Your word is Gospel !

#33 Posted by hrt_rulz01 (5843 posts) -

Of the 2, I'd probably pick the second option. But both are important.

#34 Posted by AmazonTreeBoa (16745 posts) -

I couldn't vote. Parts of both answers fit me.

#35 Posted by wolverine4262 (19083 posts) -

I just play good games.

#36 Edited by ArisShadows (22615 posts) -

Why can't it be both?

#37 Posted by Lulu_Lulu (10556 posts) -

@ ArisShadows

It can, just not simultaneously.

#38 Posted by GameMediator (69 posts) -

I play what interests me. I like action and challenging gameplay.

Story, atmosphere, and graphics... that's more important for animated movies.... or cows

#39 Edited by Capitan_Kid (6538 posts) -

I'm not a fan of how black and white the choices. It's hard to say what exactly drives me to pick the games I do except that they're fun.

#40 Posted by mems_1224 (46697 posts) -

I care more about atmosphere and story. I can put up with shitty gameplay if it has a great universe and story*cough*ME1*cough*

#41 Posted by crimsonman1245 (4253 posts) -

Gameplay and level design of course, but the story/atmosphere/music can make an average game seem great, like Nier.

#42 Posted by Jd1680a (5929 posts) -

The story, atmosphere, settings and the characters are the best parts for me in my video games. I do like a little bit a challenge, it helps with the tension.

#43 Edited by johnd13 (8018 posts) -

An immersive atmosphere and world and interesting characters are the elements I enjoy most in video games. Decent gameplay is important of course and can really elevate a game from good to great.

#44 Edited by foxhound_fox (87839 posts) -

I tend to play for both those options.

#45 Edited by Pikminmaniac (8796 posts) -

Pretty limited options here, don't you think? :P

Where's the, "Plays games that are fun" option?

Fun is the end result. The two options I gave are two possible reasons why a person might acquire enjoyment or "fun" from a game.

#46 Edited by Joedgabe (5110 posts) -

I can't choose either or, I play based on motivation. For example a good and interesting story is motivating to keep on going even if the gameplay is repetitive ( Example grindy JRPG's ), however the story can be non-existent if the gameplay offers a fun challenge or at least something to look forward to while progressing. ( example the Souls games )

This is the reason why i can't enjoy sandbox games like GTA like other people do. GTA's Story is not really interesting in general, it's funny do most of the time so it's good for a laugh but not really motivating, and there's nothing to really look forward to from the gameplay. You start the game shooting at some one you'll end it shooting at someone.

#47 Posted by bbkkristian (14946 posts) -

I play JRPGs. The more pink and girly, the better.

#48 Posted by speedfreak48t5p (7103 posts) -

The games that are fun to play.

#49 Posted by br0kenrabbit (12854 posts) -

Challenge mostly. I really love games where you can screw up in the first few hours but not realize you need to start over till much later. Large-scale TBS games such as the Civilization series for instance.

I also love realistic simulators because of their difficulty, be it flight sims or sub sims or what have you. I like esoteric games. That's one of the main reasons consoles are such a turn-off for me...all you have to do is keep playing and you're guaranteed to win eventually. Boo.

#50 Edited by trugs26 (5310 posts) -

I read the topic title in the style of the song "What kind of Pokemon are you?", ie:

What kind of Gamer are you?
How do you do the things you do?
Share with me your secrets deep inside (... inside)
What kind of Gamer are you?
Are you loyal through and through?
Do you have a heart that's true?
What kind of Gamer are you?

Anyways, I'm there for gameplay.