Look gaming has tons of perks, I mean to start off videogames are fun, are they not? They are a new way to interact with friends and some of your best memories come from gaming with your bros. Unfortunately, gaming isn’t all fun and games….literally. There are many moments where a gamer can just cringe, cry, or just go off the deep end because of certain outcomes, be it in game or real-life.
Let’s take a look shall we?
Situation #1-Losing your memory card
Well back in the day, before memory was mainly built in the system (or for non-Nintendo gamers), we had an ancient device known as memory cards. Yes, these magical devices were used for the purpose of saving games (as well as copying and deleting) and were plugged in an area right above your controller. Without this card you’d just be constantly playing the same level unless you can beat an entire game in two hours. The problem with these memory cards were they were very small and well game cases didn’t come built with memory card holders till around the PS2 days. Now, being a brother to two other brothers, we each had our own memory card because, let’s face it, as a kid you don’t want to share ANYTHING. These memory cards were small though and since you shared a system you couldn’t leave the risk of leaving your memory card in the system, which in turn meant you had to put it somewhere. Kids don’t have the best memory and aren’t the cleanest of specimens, so what would happen? Well, you may have beaten 15 games on your PSX memory card…too bad it was all for naught when that memory card was nowhere to be found.
Situation #2-Corrupted save file
My personal favorite…or un-favorite? Corrupted save files have happened to me so often that I don’t even have rage anymore…I just have a broken smile followed by tears. Corrupted saves can happen at anytime, by freak incident, from nothing, or a dumb mistake by you (most of the time). One of the most common games to experience this dreadful feeling is the Pokemon series. Saving your game and waking up the next day to turn on your Pokemon only to see that it says “Save File Corrupted, deleting….starting a new game” makes you panic and turn off your game, praying that when you restart your game, it will magically be there. Nope. Most of the time this only happens if you are dumb and turn off your game while saving, or you’re just unlucky; be wary my readers it still happens to all games and systems now and then!
Situation #3-One hit before boss dies you die
You’re doing it! You’re doing it! THIS IS IT!….Game over. Have you ever felt so happy you’re about to beat the boss, grinning like a fool, until suddenly you just mess up or can’t land a hit and then die. I understand and then to top it off, sometimes you can’t even come close to the boss for a good week…what’s up with that?
Situation #4-Game turns off/out of battery
This is an old school problem, as well as a new one but not as much. See, before you battery would warn you by telling you less than 10% or 15% or flashing red, you basically had to remember to change your batteries, otherwise your toy/Gameboy is going out. Ever just playing in the middle of something like Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, and get halfway through a dungeon to only have your battery die? Yeah, well this is why saving all the time is a thing of gaming past [cough autosave] but still something you should heed.
Situation #5-You get very far, you die, and for some reason you can’t reach the same point
Happens to me a lot and sometimes overlaps with #3. Ever play an RPG, run through a dungeon, complete a few sidequests, and then just for some reason you do something dumb, like not save or go to an area where monsters will wreck you, and just die? See, what makes this bad is most of the time you just get into the game you forget to do important things like….SAVE. When you finally die and realize you didn’t do that, you try to remember everything you did EXACTLY like last time, which in turn makes you question yourself and leave you with a feeling like you forgot something. Now with a memory of how to play it, you try to follow this “plan” only to skip things because you can remember things out of order or forget important areas you need to visit, thus now leaving you stuck in the game.
Situation #6- Lag
A fan-favorite of everyone today, lag is unavoidable because sometimes it’s the host, other times it is your fault. Don’t you love lag when you start a match 5 and 0 in Halo and all of the sudden everyone is teleporting like they are Goku and you are shooting at someone, but then you just randomly die? Yeah, lag does that and always blame lag I mean connection works but you suck? Blame lag. Honestly though, lag is the worst when you have a great match and the game just drops you leaving a black screen until you are warped back to the title screen. A horrible version of Lag is your connection failing, or worse if you still use an Ethernet cable, someone unplugging it!
Situation #7-When a boss can one hit you and you do not know
This boss can’t even touch me! I’m gonna beat this in no time…..what? That’s how it feels to be one-hitted by a boss. You can be having a great match, maybe think you are leveled up past the recommended level, etc. but to be one-hit K.O.’ed by a boss is the worst feeling. You don’t know whether to be angry or shocked…in fact you don’t even know what to feel! These auto-deaths sometimes happen just so fast that you can’t even register what or why.
Situation #8 Skip text, miss what to do, or worse REPEAT EVERYTHING SAID
“Ok…ok..I GET IT!” Proceeds to smash A button. Now this can go in either of two ways: A) You hear everything again and you repeat that process 4-5 times before you realize it or B) It’ll come back and haunt you. An example of A would be The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. OoT’s fan favorite: kaepora gaebora who likes to have the NO option first after he is done talking. For gamers who could not care more for hints or talking to this owl, he trolls you all with his technique to keep you at bay for a good 3 minutes of text.
For option B we can use kaepora gaebora again, as he and many other games like to speak with major hints in color coded texts. Listening to what other main characters have to say either give you: the place where to go next, what to do next, how to do something, or an important choice. As the game progresses to certain areas, you have to remember how to do certain commands and solve certain riddles, which answers are usually based off past encounters of the game. Not knowing or even listening to what was being said is a success for doom to make gamers rage quit.
Well, this is my list of worst feeling gamers can have; if you have any experiences of suggestions to add to the list feel free to throw them in the comments below!
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