If you look anywhere over on social media, there’s always a big debate going on about how gamers play their games, and if the way they play their games makes them real gamers or not. One of my biggest pet peeves in an argument is about assists being available in games that are meant to be hard.
The whole debate started one day when gamers had gotten annoyed about cheats, assists, and anything else being available to help you beat a game, as if it meant all of their hard work being said game was for nothing. Here they were playing a game as intended, or how they thought it was intended, and then someone else could come along, play the game in half the time, and no one would be the wiser. This irked many gamers as it meant there was no way to tell who beat the game and how. Which begs the question, do you use assists in games?
If you asked me this question 10+ years ago, I would’ve said no as they weren’t really playing the game and cheating the system, it was the same thing I thought about people who used cheats in their games. How could someone say they played a game if they were using cheats? Wouldn’t that defeat the purpose of playing a game? Well at least that’s what I thought then, but now, not so much.
Nowadays, I love using assists in a game if they are available. What I love about them, is in most cases, it lets me enjoy a game in different way than normal, but allows me to finish the game in a reasonable time. For me, the amount of time I spend on a game is a huge factor, because my huge backlog is always waiting to be played.
At first, I had been hesitant to the idea, but after having a backlog that was growing by the day (thanks life), I had to figure out another way to tackle my backlog. On top of that, I found that I wasn’t enjoying playing on hard difficulty, because I didn’t have the time to be repeating a level constantly anymore to get better. I give credit to people that can still play a game on a difficult setting, but that’s not me anymore, and the end of the day, I am proud to say I have enjoyed many games because of assists.
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