During a conversation about the vast quantity of negativity that is shone on the hobby of gaming, the point about spreading the good and the bad more equally came about. You know what? I may have some negative things to say about my hobby but I criticise because I love it and want it to get better. With that in mind I’d say it’s about time I delved into some positive moments in my gaming history, let’s just take a moment and remind ourselves all those moments that personify “Damn I’m good”.
I myself am no beginner to the Megaman series, however oddly enough I’ve rarely touched the classic series as I was a SEGA kid growing up. No my first steps into the franchise was through arguably the hardest of the Megaman series, the Megaman Zero games on the GBA. I was hooked immediately to the point I own the two other games released in the sequel series, the ZX games. My great moment came from a secret boss in the 1st ZX appropriately named Megaman ZX. There is a secret boss in the game, a boss that was previously the final boss in Megaman Zero 3 that was a bit of a push over, didn’t exactly live up to the presence he was supposed to have in the game lore. They noticed this, dear lord did they and went about rectifying it.
This guy? 3 bars of health versus a normal bosses 2, intensely aggressive AI that never leaves you with anything more than a quarter of a second to breathe, healing attacks & his massive combo attack is now available at any time rather than at low health, a combo that can decimate your from full health on a higher difficulty. Oh yeah I’d bested him in Easy with no issues, struggled at the Normal mode when I had no idea how to play the game properly, Easy mode doesn’t exactly promote skill so much as mashing. I met him in Hard mode and I got obliterated again. And again. Again. Oh god again. The main message is I was getting annihilated, I hadn’t caught up to the skill level to be this effective for what can be a very long fight and lost weeks trying and failing against him, to no avail.
The up side? I was never mad, I was never furious, nay I was giddy like a child. I was a 16 year old boy at the time and I was giggling to myself in my chair, happy that I was facing such a fearsome opponent under what I consider pretty fair terms, nothing cheap or unwieldy to fight against. I struggled a total of 3 weeks learning how to play this game the way it was meant to be played, picking apart each attack to find distances that are safe, gaps to slip through and how to bait my opponent.
I found a love of the game in that boss, not for years had I ever felt so determined to conquer something and not since have I ever been so overcome with determination. In the end, I beat the boss, and I didn’t just do it by the skin of my teeth. No, I did it flawlessly, not a speck of health lost with some fantastic close calls and cheeky moments that compiled into a profoundly proud moment for me. Damn, I was good.
Good moments like this are hard to come by, where everything just seems to work for you. I had trouble thinking of a great moment because I either didn’t feel challenged or accomplished in doing so, maybe it could have been a great moment had this not happened or if this happened to go my way. There are opportunities that go squandered almost daily for me so when they do arise they leave a mark on my mind, like an enlightenment revealing what a gaming high is like, what one might refer to when you visualize true gaming pleasure.
Okay I’m gonna go a little negative here but really you can’t stay only positive or only negative, it just doesn’t help anyone. Anyhoo, when thinking of this moment it made me realize that a lot of what I could say I’d accomplished in recent gaming memory….just didn’t feel that great. In terms of the narrative yeah you could say that, however personally I didn’t. In terms of the game mechanics yeah maybe that was impressive but I didn’t feel much. A lot of small nuances have to come together to really make the great moment and one cog not up to snuff is gonna bring it all down, to orchestrate such a situation might be a manner of brilliance or happen-stance, either way I need more of it for sure.
I’d picked up Smash Bros. for Wii U yesterday for the first time and got a decent amount done. The graphics are an improvement, the gameplay is more solid in a lot of areas….but I strangely just don’t feel the magic. I was hyped as all hell when it was coming up to release but when it came to playing it I felt like the small things, be it this animation is now bland or this attack now sounds off, that were affecting me at a deeper level that I had realized. These things really ascended Brawl for me, yeah it had it’s issues but I found what I needed in that game, maybe it is in Smash 4 there is a strong air of a fighting game around it. Yes the series may be one but it never felt more clear and obvious than this iteration, something has gone screwy and it is messing with me. Who knows, maybe it’ll go in time, for the time being though I’m kinda over the game already.
Great moments can happen to us all, great moments are defined differently between us. All I can say is that some brilliant moment have come out of playing games, moments that have made me grow as a person or realise a truth long hidden about myself, a revelation about my inner being. I don’t know about you but I look forward to that next great moment, who knows it may come from a game that had upset me and disappointed me for hours, only to strike every chord perfectly when I needed it. Guess I gotta keep playing games then….guess I need deeper pockets then!
What was the moment you had that you felt like everything felt fantastic in your gaming life? Do you think this is formed out of mastery of game creation or a throw of the dice? Please share and ramble about what has brought a smile to your face or even tears of joy, thanks for reading and I’ll see you later.