For some reason I began to wonder…
(I guess people tend to do self-introspection at the start of new year?) ^^;
‘Because it’s fun’ is too generic, imo. Besides, I’m pretty sure I’m not a typical gamer (at least in my local circles), since I don’t really play the same games my friends do.
I also don’t really like strategy-heavy games, or games with too many resources to manage (in a sense, I may not even be considered a gamer ^^;)
After thinking about it, the number one reason really is:
When I dig certain characters, I buy their games to ‘know more about them’ and ‘show my support’.
This is pretty much why I fall for all those games with pretty ladies ^^;
And many, many, MANY more… ^^;
(I’m a guy, you know :p)
And I guess this is why I rarely buy Western games, since I like Japanese characters more (I grew up with manga and not American comic books, after all) (and Japanese games generally tend to have greater focus on characterization)
This is also why I don’t play games without characters like puzzle games. Even all the rhythm games I play are character-based (I don’t play DJ Max, for example).
I guess the idea is that besides spending money on their merchandises, I also show support to these characters by spending time on their games; playing as them, leveling them up, making sure they become powerful, etc.
So it’s actually less about gameplay and more about the characters. And for characters that originally come from different media, as long as they get translated pretty well in the game, I can stand subpar gameplay.
That’s why previously I mentioned that I may not even be a gamer; I’m more excited about nice characters than great gameplay (more like a ‘character supporter’) (of course, if the gameplay is great, it’s a plus).
This is pretty much why I’m still playing Madoka for Vita even though the gameplay is mediocre (the anime/movie is great), and why I beat Project X Zone even though it’s hellishly repetitive (favorite characters inside).
Why I managed to beat God Eater 2 is pretty much also attributed to this (many pretty ladies) (and I even made my main character look like my favorite Love Live! character Maki).
Back in the early days I even tagged my blog posts with character names besides the game names (for example, this is my Kotobuki Tsumugi tag), though they get confusing since there are situations where I describe mainly one character in text, and the screenshot shows another ^^;
In fact, I can’t remember the last time I buy new series because I read the gameplay is great; it’s more like ‘hey that character looks nice’ ^^;
(If there’s a second reason, it’s the music)
But one problem is I think I like way too many characters now; it’s pretty hard for me to even nominate my ‘top favorite characters’ to focus on them ^^;
Character designs never end, I guess; there is always a new nice character around the corner.
And even if I buy the games for the characters, sometimes complicated gameplay still turns me off. I guess it kinda shows that I don’t love them enough ^^; (like Atelier series, I like the art and characters, but the time progression and materials turn me off)
I guess in these cases, instead of being overwhelmed by the gameplay, if I just focus on the characters and think about improving their stats, it would help, I think… (never really persuade myself this way before, so I guess I’ll give it a try… ^^;)
P.s., if you’re wondering if I have favorite male characters at all: ^^;
And others like Hotsuma (Shinobi PS2), X and Zero (MegaMan X), etc.
It’s of much lesser proportion than female characters, and sadly it’s pretty safe to say that quite a number of them (like Samanosuke and Rikimaru) have been pretty much forgotten in gaming world.
My hope for the next Onimusha and Tenchu games have not been answered for too long -_-” …and I still remember how Capcom screwed me with the announcement, and then cancelation, of MegaMan Legends 3 -.-;
But yeah, there you have it, my less pretentious two-cents of why I play video games ^^;