^ never got fully into those games (friends owned em, but I never did), but goddam they were amazing...
The Justice Fighter
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"I trust what you are doing though…I just see it a little differently.
I don’t see it as you stepping away from the fire. I see it as the fire directing your course.
No matter how airy or earthy or watery you become... to many of us you will always be...a super nova."
"Behind these gates of seeming warmth sits, loosely chained, a fierce attack dog. Perhaps not crazy, but dangerous"
I enjoy gaming since I was a kid, and nothing has stopped me from playing.
Still, I managed to prevent gaming from turning into an addiction and taking over my life. It is just a hobby. At the moment, work and university are my top priorities.
I play during the weekends, when I have my quiet time at home. And sometimes with my friends, but, that hasn't been happening so often lately since they can't stand being beaten by a woman (I live in a place where playing videogames is supposed to be a 'men only' activity), but they get over it soon enough.
"An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise."
I haven't played for a while, but I did have an MMORPG phase. I loved to make new characters and play with them while they were still 'perfect' but would start to grow frustrated after I had dies a few times. I had a fascination with having no deaths in my stats. Then there was the time where I did one quest over and over and over in order to acquire a fancy title. I actually turned off my XP for weeks while I worked on it. Beyond that, I think you may be on to something when you say INTJs like to talk about gaming. I was heavily involved with a couple of pre-release hype websites and had a blast. I didn't even play one of the games when it came out, and the other I only played for a couple of months before giving up on it. But it was so fun talking about all of the things the game could be before it was released.
I played the classic N64 games like StarFox (my favourite, I loved the alternate paths/missions and kill goals), Mario Kart/World, Zelda, as well as the Spyro series. Guitar Hero is fun to kill time, but nowadays I'm picky and have only really put serious time into Twilight Princess and Ookami because of the wolf theme.
I can say without a doubt that I am a gamer. But I do see myself as less hardcore than many others. As an example if you were to look at my gamer score on "Xbox Live" and then see the vast amount of games in my drawers you would almost immediately wonder why its so low. I can tell you that its in part to the fact that I hop from game to game. One day I spend 6hrs playing "Singularity" the other I spend 3hrs on "Guitar Hero". Or I bust out my PSP and play Xenogears. There is no real dedication to one particular game or genre at any time. Mainly cause I see them as an escape from the current reality that I am in. And they also give me insight and inspiration as to what Is possible. As games and the gaming Industry evolve so do I and I try to correlate what I learn from each one to adapt and grow as a person. The companies themselves EA, SQUARE ENIX, CAPCOM, BETHESDA and etc... may be what publishes is a game but it takes so much more to achieve and present a creation which was at one point just another idea. And its those mastermind that inspire me. From the story, music, lighting, weapons, environment, HUD and countless other parts to a game that make what you see in front of you. And so I always wonder "what will they come up with next" and that's why I keep going back for more.
Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.
-- Albert Einstein
Zelda and me go way back. So does Mario. Nowadays, I spend my leisure time with RPGs mainly of elven origins in medieval times...Was that too specific, or should I say Oblivion. I can easily get sucked into this strategic mental world of Daedra, but I have to calm down and 'wake up' and get things done, like life and living and all that jazz.
What is normal to one, is incomprehensible to another.
ALL anger in this world stems from a lack of control.
All of reality bows to the illusion of life and death.
"How dreadful!" cried Lord Henry. "I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect." ~ Oscar Wilde - The picture of Dorian Gray