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Month: September 2017

GamePlay Blog #2

GamePlay Blog Week 2, September 19-25.

Monday Sept 25

This week, I was also very busy but managed to play at least three games. This coming week I will be going to my boyfriend’s house, and he owns every Nintendo console ever made, so I will have a lot more variety this coming week.  The three games I played were:

-The Sims 3 (PC)

-TwoDots (iPhone game)

-Pokemon Go (iPhone game)

 

Sims 3

Duration for the week: 5 hours

This week I played Sims 3 for five hours one night and one night only. I managed to redo all my hard work that was lost last week when I didn’t save.  I felt kind of anxious because of the last time I played. I saved the game every ten minutes and luckily was able to create all my families and houses before the game eventually did crash. Because of this, I didn’t play the Sims 3 any more this week- also because I was tight on time and felt discouraged that my game keeps crashing- I may have to reset my game once again. Instead of feeling calm and at ease like I usually do when playing Sims 3, I felt anxious, distressed and frustrated at the end when it crashed. Why! Also, I played Sims 3 only at home, because my computer battery drains so fast when I’m playing, so it needs to always be plugged in, and also, I’m pretty sure I would judged very  hard if I was playing the Sims 3 in the VIU library.

 

-TwoDots

Duration for the week: 7 hours

My game review was about Two Dots, so this week I put a lot more time and observance into the little game. I played it for at least an hour today and turned on the game notifications so that I would know when all my lives were refilled. I was feeling analytical when playing around the time I was writing the review. It made me enjoy the game less and I felt distracted from just playing and figuring out the puzzles. Also, the power up that I’m currently at is quite challenging and makes it harder to complete the levels, which means they take longer, and I run out of lives faster! I will be happier when I’m on to the next power up phase, which I think is a fun one. After I finished the review, I found playing the game more fun, and often played it while I was on the bus, or waiting for class to start, or simply when I was relaxing at home.

 

-Pokemon Go

Duration for the week: <15 minutes

I played Pokemon Go sparingly this week, even less than last week, and only when I was waiting for the bus or in an area I knew there was a Pokestop. The game totally bores me now and I have no idea why I still play it, it just makes me feel annoyed whenever I play it. The game is slow, the gym system is dumb now, and the game is littered with so many common Pokemon that I can’t ever find anything I actually need. But I just can’t bring my self to stop playing it, because I beat the first generation and still oddly feel like this is something to be proud of. Even though it isn’t.

GamePlay Blog #1

GamePlay Blog Week 1, September 11-18.

 

Academic methodology:

In these blog posts, I will record what games I’ve played throughout the past week. I will also include a brief recording of how I feel about the game play I’m recording. My recording will include duration, game, location, time of day and anything else that seems important. On Mondays each week, I will post this daily information in blog posts just like this one.

 

Monday Sept 18

This week, I have had a very busy week, but nonetheless managed to squeeze in some gaming during my rare gaps of free time. The three main games I played were:

-The Sims 3 (PC)

-TwoDots (iPhone game)

-Pokemon Go (iPhone game)

 

Firstly, the Sims 3, I played twice for about four hours each time on two different days.  Since it is a game on my laptop, I only play it in the comfort of my own home, usually in the evening or night time. The first session, I was playing aimlessly and did not make any goals for myself, which is rare. It was kind of fun, but I didn’t feel very absorbed or engaged in the game. The second time I played it, I was designing and creating several families for a story plot I had in mind, but near the end of the four hours, the game crashed and because I had not saved anything, all data was lost. Sue me. I was a bit annoyed but knew I had nothing to blame but myself as I hadn’t saved anything. That turned me off of playing it for the rest of the week. Maybe I will try again this week.

Next up is TwoDots, which is a puzzle game on my phone, that I will probably end up doing my game review on, because although it is a simple game it is very captivating. This week, I played it for at least six hours, usually while waiting- whether that’s for the bus, a class to start, or food to cook. Although it’s a time killer, I genuinely love this game and it challenges me with all its little objectives and such. Sometimes it is frustrating if I don’t beat a level in the 5 tries I get (each try takes 20 minutes to recharge) but it’s also great because it forces me to take a break from it for a while. On the other hand, beating a level in one try is very satisfying and makes me feel happy. My duration of gameplay depends on how fast my lives run out, but it’s usually about twenty minutes at a time, any time of the day.

Lastly is Pokemon Go, which I barely play anymore, compared to last year when I was actually obsessed and collected all the mons from Gen 1. Now I only open the app when I am riding the 40 bus downtown twice a week for work, or if I am extremely bored at school in an area I know a Pokestop is. I would say my total hours on this for the week would be less than half an hour, and duration of gameplay about a minute each time, because it is boring now, and I stopped playing it for four months in the summer while I was working at a summer camp. So it has been updated a lot and I don’t understand the new gym setup. Also, it is kind of shunned these days- similar to someone who still plays Webkinz. Yknow? It’s a dead game. Makes me feel dead inside.

That’s all for this week! Check back next Monday night for a brand new entry.

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