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Ignorant gaming communities and… why do you want to be a part of them?

Hello Nurglings!


I thought I would do a follow-up on a post/article I wrote about a week ago. It was about ignorant or rather closed gaming groups/communities that are hard to get into, and how you could join them. This time I’m going to talk about a similar subject from the other side of things.

Why do you want to be a part of it?
Is it really the thing for you?

I don’t mean that you shouldn’t play the games you love, I think you should always play the games you love! But sometimes, you just need to find the kind of people that have the same type of attitude towards the game as you. This can be extremely difficult, and I often notice that most card gamers, try their best to become a part of the more “elitist” kind of gaming groups.

I am like that as well; I really want to be at my best when playing games. I love to win tournaments, and beating players that always consider themselves “better” is a joy indescribable. But outside of the tournaments I always tend to have a different view on the game then most others. I enjoy fun decks, weird builds, and cards that are… unconventional at times. Playing my R/U/W Tempered Steel deck for example (it wasn’t horrible actually). This kind of thinking isn’t something that is very popular amongst tournament players.

Before I continue, I want us to look at something. The three different psychographic profiles of Magic The Gathering.

“A psychographic profile separates players into categories based on their psychological make-up. What motivates that player to play? What kind of cards do they like? What kind of things encourages that player to keep on playing?” – Mark Rosewater

The following quotes are all from Rosewater and this article: http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtgcom/daily/mr11b . I will take a short quote from each of the personalities.

Timmy: “Timmy is what we in R&D call the “power gamer.” Timmy likes to win big. He doesn’t want to eke out a last minute victory. Timmy wants to smash his opponents. He likes his cards to be impressive, and he enjoys playing big creatures and big spells.

One of the misconceptions is that Timmy has to be young. While its true that younger players are more apt to fall into this category, players of any age can be a Timmy. What sets Timmy apart from the other two profiles is that Timmy is motivated by fun. He plays Magic because it’s enjoyable. Timmy is very social. An important part of the game is sitting around with his friends.”

Johnny: “Johnny is the creative gamer to whom Magic is a form of self-expression. Johnny likes to win, but he wants to win with style. It’s very important to Johnny that he win on his own terms. As such, it’s important to Johnny that he’s using his own deck. Playing Magic is an opportunity for Johnny to show off his creativity.

Johnny likes a challenge. Johnny enjoys winning with cards that no one else wants to use. He likes making decks that win in innovative ways. What sets Johnny apart from the other profiles is that Johnny enjoys deckbuilding as much as (or more than) he enjoys playing. Johnny loves the cool interactions of the cards. He loves combo decks. Johnny is happiest when he’s exploring uncharted territory.”

Spike: “Spike is the competitive player. Spike plays to win. Spike enjoys winning. To accomplish this, Spike will play whatever the best deck is. Spike will copy decks off the Internet. Spike will borrow other players’ decks. To Spike, the thrill of Magic is the adrenalin rush of competition. Spike enjoys the stimulation of outplaying the opponent and the glory of victory.

Spike cares more about the quantity of wins than the quality. For example, Spike plays ten games and wins nine of them. If Spike feels he should have won the tenth, he walks away unhappy.”

In my experience, there are usually plenty of Spikes around; they get themselves noticed because they express their joy of winning, and their hate for losing. These are not the most fun players… to just play with. Even testing decks can be annoying when it’s more about winning with the decks than actually understanding the decks. As you may understand, I’m more of a Johnny myself. I love to build decks and try weird things out. (Scythe Tiger all the way! *Cough*)

Something that I didn’t talk about in my first article about gaming communities, is the importance of finding a place where you fit in. Sure you want to be a part of that hard core gaming group, they seem to win a lot, do the right things, and why wouldn’t I want to be a part of that kind of success? But are they having more fun than you and your friends at the kitchen table?

Are they having as much fun as you when you bring that weird new deck?
Most importantly, are you sure you want to be one of them?

If you feel like one of those players, you should try it out. I’ve been trying it out myself, but always tend to realize that it’s not my thing. I smile when I win, I think about the times that I lose, and I enjoy playing the games!

Enjoy yourself! It doesn’t matter if it’s by winning, building decks or just being social.
It’s important that you find the people that you want to play with and hang out with. Without those people, you will never enjoy gaming like you should.

Until next time Nurglings, take care.
Cya soon!

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E3 – What it was all about this year – Social Gaming

Hello everyone and welcome to this lovely little post about E3 and what we saw and what it meant and so on and so on. First of I just want to say that it was a slow E3 this year, everything was leaked or talked about beforehand and the information on the things we wanted to know more about was short. A few examples of this being…

WiiU – console or controller? Well it’s a console, but they didn’t really show it. If you looked in the back of the videos though you always saw a small white box and that’s the console! So the main focus was on the controller and well I’m not really sure what to think about it yet. But I’m willing to wait and see where this takes gaming. Another thing that was really exciting was the new depth of collaboration between EA and Nintendo, awesome! Below… yea that is what the new WiiU looks like.


Exciting Nintendo, exciting.

PSP Vita – even if I loved the look and style of it. I will not lie, it’s just a new PSP with new features. But to be honest, I rather buy this right now then the WiiU. Hell I would rather even buy a 3DS over the WiiU. Well, hell there will be some awesome titles for this little machine so I’m looking forward to it!

SOCIAL GAMING

But you know what, the thing that got me more excited than anything else this year, was not the fact that they will release a lot of new games, new game systems and updates. What I loved about this year is the fact that they are working hard when it comes to social gaming. PSP Vita for example, where you could see when friends were online, talk with them while playing, see where they were, it became a social gaming tool. I’m a bit behind on the subject though, never had a PSP or the new 3DS, these consoles may have implanted several of these things as well, but the way the portrayed it for the PSP Vita was awesome.
WiiU was the next thing that really tried to tell us: Play together in a new exciting way. Nintendo has always been great for families and casual players. They’ve aimed their marketing towards everyone (except the hardcore gamers) and I must say they’ve succeeded in doing many awesome things for social gaming. The Wii being a huge part of that, it is fun to play together and it’s an experience for everyone that joins in. The controller, Wii remote, even if somewhat ridiculous to a gamer, is a great way to show of gaming to new people.

“Look all you have to do is this, and this and like that.” – You say this while showing simple movements and everyone can understand it. Moving your arm around doesn’t need more explaining then actually showing it. Saying things like: “You need to make a dash forward and do a high jump,” will not make the casual player very excited. What do I press to Dash? What it is a high jump exactly?

Many games shown on E3 were either mentioned to have multiplayer or some type of share feature that would let you and people all over the world connect to each other. I love to see this, and I’m still waiting for that single player game that isn’t single player. Everything changes in the game depending on the actions of other players in the world, you can still play the story created for you, but all players can have a piece of the action. Not a huuuuge fan of MMO’s yet, but I’m watching and waiting for that MMO that takes the genre one step beyond what it is right now. If social gaming can have a break through, I believe it will be a mix of the MMO game feel, and tools that go beyond the game and system it’s connected to.

Thank you E3 for showing a small step in a direction that gaming should take. Never forget the player that likes to play alone, but always give him the option to reach out to other players.

Dia Psalma + Faktum = Kalle Iskall

Innan ni tänker : va? Vad menar du nu?
Läs:
Dia Psalma = Svenskt punk band.
Faktum = De hemlösas tidning.
Kalle Iskall = En låt med text skriven av: Mikael Gallonis som själv är hemlös. Musiken då skriven av Dia Psalma.

Kan man göra mer än att bli lite glad av ett sådant här sammarbete? Även om det inte leder till mycket i det korta loppet så är det ändå värt en liten guldkant åt Dia Psalma som tog detta steget.
För att läsa mer om just det kan ni gå till faktums egna sida: http://www.faktum.nu/ Där finns också en vidare länk för att ladda ner/lyssna på låten.

Nu när jag ändå skriver om ämnet, vill jag be alla er som har en extra slant i fickan eller som helt enkelt vet att någon annan skulle bli gladare om du undvek en lunch och köpte en tidning istället. Går ut och just köper en Faktum, folk säger att det inte finns mycket man kan göra, men att köpa en Faktum är inte svårare än att köpa en dagstidning.

Desutom hjälper det någon lokalt, även om du inte kan rädda regnskoten, se den eller röra vid den. Så kan du ge en hemlös en hundring för en Faktum (se: priset är 40kr). Tror nog dom kan se mer godo i dom pengarna än vad dom flesta kan. Gör något bra!

/Alex