In conversation at a Christmas party last month, I was asked what kind of video games did I like to play. This person was clearly making smalltalk and wasn't all that interested in the answer to the question but I, being a few drinks in, took a significant pause and gave him my honest answer which went on a bit too long for my conversation partner, as he finished his drink and claimed he had to refresh it during the first lengthy pause.
I've thought more about it since, and thought it might be an interesting topic of discussion.
Me as a Gamer: 2016
Last year, I discovered that I am a fan of Walking Simulators. This is not surprising as I used to write stage plays and have always been most interested in story in games (video- and board-). But the affection I had toward Firewatch and Everybody's Gone to the Rapture was of an unexpected intensity, and has had me searching for similar experiences.
My interest in that kind of game is part of a shift, overall, in my gaming interests. In years past, I've been AAA-centric with a few non-shooting-people indies sprinkled throughout. But, clearly, my tastes have changed. My most memorable games of the last year were the aforementioned Firewatch, Virginia, Transistor, Rocket League, Beyond: Two Souls (memorable because of how I came to hate it while I played – quitting mid-way out of disgust), The Last of Us, Fez, Fallout 4 (didn't finish, got bored), Battlefield 1 (multiplayer) and a continuing obsession with Spelunky that will likely never fade.
Battlefield 1 is a game I play with a group of friends a couple of nights a week. While it is a good implementation of the BF template, it's memorable primarily because of the time shared with people I don't see often enough in meatspace. But the games that have grabbed me in a most significant way are the ones that immersed me in a story or world that I wanted to explore. (Rocket League is purely joyful flying car soccer that needs no story.)
This wasn't sudden, or surprising when I looked at it, but I hadn't taken the time really to look at it. I'm in my 40s and for various reasons haven't kept up with some of my previous creative outlets. Gaming is fulfilling a different these days.
Anybody else take a look back at the year and see changes in their gaming selves?