Well, I’ve been playing with
my the Wii (*sigh* You can’t avoid those darn Wii jokes.) and a lot of Zelda. I’m at the first dungeon and I realized something : I’m not a “Zelda” person. A “Zelda” person is someone who likes to think when they play video games… like, a lot. Not just the occasional “What am I doing here? Oh, wait! It’s this way.” thinking, the “Where the heck is that darn item. I can’t pass if I don’t have that item that’s probably the on the other site of the area on a seemingly unattainable platform” thinking. Wouldn’t you know, I’m a “WarioWare” person, someone who likes fast fun with little thinking or at least quick thinking. That might explain why I think Rayman is some of the best fun you can have with the Wii.
Whenever I find myself in a puzzling situation in a game, I try a bit, get pissed, stop playing and go to the web for the answer. But walkthroughs are like drugs : They’re addicting. All the answers to everything you need to know in one, convenient place. So you start using them for every small problem you have. You start disconnecting from the storyline and now your “gaming experience” becomes just a series of button presses and, with the Wii, gestures to arrive to the end where all you have to show for it is the title of “Person who finished the game” and a whole lot of wasted time, if you even feel like finishing.
That disconnection can go as badly as it did with me and Paper Mario : The Thousand Year Door. I used walkthoughs to get through some parts and that and the fact that I’m a “WarioWare” person made it that I tried the final boss once or twice and stop forever. I never tried again and ended up trading-in the game.
What you should feel is a sense of accomplishment and many other emotions because of the storyline. So here’s a tip for you “WarioWare” people in a “Zelda” world : Try you best to find your way out of a puzzle and if you can’t, find the answer in a walkthrouh. When you do, close that browser window as fast as you can and go back to that game. You’ll need to use your will power to not go back for every complicated situation so if you’re known to take a few too many candies before a big dinner or snoop around for your Christmas gifts (and you know who you are), stay with WarioWare to keep a meaningful gaming experience, even if it might be a thinner one than Zelda.
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