You kids and your video games!

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Short of shaking my fist in the air, I am confused by today’s video games. Back in my day, they were simple. Super Mario Brothers was simple. You ran to the right and jumped over (or shot at) whatever got in your way. Tetris, never ended. It just got faster and more anxiety laden. The bricks never stopped! Pac-Man? Just eat the pills. Eat them before the ghosts get you!

Star Wars video game

I was watching my 6 year old nephew play some random Star Wars game on the Wii, “What the heck are you supposed to do in this game?”

“I don’t know. That’s part of the game.”

That’s annoying, just like JarJar Binks.

Just wandering around Mos Eisely spaceport? Knocking crap over with your light saber? Can’t Yoda pop up and say, “Go to the Cantina, you must,” or something?

Half of the games today look like a freaking cartoon or movie. I don’t know what’s going on.

OK, I will admit to liking games like the Sims and Animal Crossing. They have no point and are pretty much just glorified paper dolls, but you know that going in. There’s no “missions” with no direction. I need some sort of context in my gaming. I need to see a challenge, not try to figure out what the challenge might be and then attempt it.

And what’s with all the character choices? There were two in Super Mario Bros and one in Pac-Man. Do you really need to be some random Jedi who had maybe three seconds of screen time? You can be the Gonk Droid for crying out loud! What does the Gonk Droid do? Nothing! Why is it even a choice?

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