“The obvious objective of video games is to entertain people by surprising them with new experiences.”– Shigeru Miyamoto
Nostalgia has often served as a vehicle to allow me to peel back the curtain and explore topics like music, food, movies, and toys. Today, I do it again, but this time with a nod towards video games, which I briefly explored before. I discussed my fascination with Borderlands 3 on PlayStation in July. In A Newcomer Joins Borderlands 3, I elaborated on how my brother-in-law Kyle bought me the game, and we constantly played online throughout the pandemic and still today. Yes, we have bested the competition, crushed the newly released DLC, and go back to Sanctuary III with every expansion. Borderlands 3 has come to define what I look for in a video game.
I am not a gamer and do not pretend to be an expert. Seriously though, I am terrible at Borderlands 3, but it doesn’t matter. If I destroy ten cars and fall off every cliff, I will continue to enjoy the experience. As Kyle and I continue to explore Borderlands 3, it had me thinking; what are my favorite video games, and how do they compare to my newfound favorite? So, I chose to go back, briefly, to Borderlands 3 and explore those video games that left an impression on my gameplay as a child, a teenager, and a nearly forty-year-old adult who refuses to put down the controller. Maybe it’s the nonstop laughing, or perhaps it’s who the games connect me to, but no matter, let’s hit play.
“Everybody has that game that they fell in love with because they make an impact. Those games were somebody’s legacy.”– Rob McElhenney (Ian) in Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet
For those who have read my blog post about my weekly movie chats with my brother Jeff, this post will be similar, yet different. As the pandemic has forced us all to rethink our everyday interactions and for over two months, from April to June, we were in lockdown, finding things to break feelings of anxiety took on new meaning. While discussing movies with my brother was one outlet, playing video games with my brother-in-law Kyle was another.
In March, with a lockdown looming, I contacted Kyle and posited the idea of meeting up virtually through PlayStation Plus and playing video games online. Kyle is a gamer. He has played more games than I can even think of and is very knowledgeable about what types of games are perfect for a joint online adventure effort and the kind game I would enjoy. After all, Kyle introduced me to one of my favorite games of all time, one that inspired an awesome Halloween costume and a Funko Pop purchase. This game; Uncharted. Ah yes, the adventures of Nathan Drake. It has adventure, danger, and, may I say, comedy. Love that game, and it was Kyle who suggested it. So, his track record is 1 for 1, hey he’s batting a thousand! Therefore, when he suggested Borderlands 3, even though I had not played 1 or 2, I didn’t even think twice. I was all in, and I would not be disappointed.