Am I a Gaming Snob?

I recently spent far too much time browsing Steam for something new to play, and came away empty handed.

When true online gaming was in its infancy, the games were very story rich, deeply constructed and (at the time) beautiful.

For a while we trended towards better graphics at the cost of depth and content. There was some concerted effort to bring quality and depth to games again, but it was feared it would come at the cost of those lovely graphics we’d come to enjoy so much.

I’ve long chanted that “it’s easy to make a pretty game, it’s not easy to make a fun game” — so what the heck happened? Now we have games that are as shallow as a frat boy, and look like rejects from the 1980s. How are some of these graphics even acceptable? Where’s my gameplay so intense I need a notebook? How can I possibly get emotionally attached to a character that’s 10 pixels high and why did I spend 40 minutes creating the look of that character only to have it mushed down into a blocky representation, or worse, an avatar I never see during gameplay?

Don’t get me wrong, there are a few shining stars, namely Dishonored and The Last of Us, but shouldn’t the quality of those games be the norm and not the exception? So are my gaming standards too high, am I really a gaming snob, or are games in general just really poor quality these days?


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When a “Thank You” is not Welcome

This is going to sound ungrateful, but dear coworkers, don’t thank me for doing my job.

If I send an email that I cc’d you on for paper trail reasons, don’t reply with a ‘Thanks!’ – you’re clogging up my inbox. I don’t need verification that you received the email, you sit three feet from me, I heard it arrive. Whether you read it or not I frankly don’t care. If it requires your action, I’ll follow up when needed.

A lot of my daily tasks include the mundane minutia of just doing my job. Stop thanking me for those and please stop thanking my coworkers too, you’re setting a bad example that they expect praise for doing what is expected of them. It makes true praise meaningless, and admonishments are obscured by all the fluff.

If  I save you from a burning building or rescue your puppy, by all means, thank me, but I don’t need your constant acknowledgement. I know I’m doing my job and doing it well. And guess what, I’m not doing my job for you, I’m doing it for my community.  They thank me and that’s enough. Your appreciation in these matters is watered down and hollow. Your Thank You is not welcome.

Edit: I have something to add to this – I recently received a huge thank you from about a dozen of my fansite owners. Their thank you was welcome because it was genuine, and came from a place of true community not of corporate duty. Know the difference and your thanks will be welcome.


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