You know you’re related/ in a relationship/ married to a gamer if the person in question:
- Owns a pimped up PC hardwired for gaming OR he/she has the latest XBOX, PS, Wii and Ouya console.
- Has a Steam account with over 1000+ games and counting OR a cabinet full of games – original and otherwise.
- Pre-orders the latest games months before the scheduled game release.
- R&R involves playing up to the wee hours of the mornings.
- Though very rare, actually works for a gaming company as admins, developers, designers, beta testers or (gasp!) competes internationally in gaming tournaments!
No, I am none of the above. LOL.
Though back in the day, I did enjoy playing Ragnarok, Gunbound and MU Online… (I stopped with MU Online because it was draining my time and resources as a student). I eventually forgot about gaming, often settling for the role of casual spectator to my brother’s games until I married a gamer. Yep, I am now Mrs. Gamer.
Kidding aside, PC games are an excellent way to pass the time! For most men, it’s a form of “ME” time. Especially here in the Kingdom where men don’t have a lot of ways to let off steam. Not all men like to play sports or attend organizations. Some just like to chill and play computer games. If we have shopping, then they have gaming. So it wouldn’t hurt to try to understand our hubby/boyfriend/brother/son/father’s interests in games. After all, they valiantly tag along on our shopping sprees (and they probably learned the difference between pumps and kitten heels because of that), so a little interest in their games will probably mean a lot to them. 😛
My husband calls me, The Casual Gamer. I play to relax. I prefer games that are cute, easy on the eyes and easy to navigate. I dabble in some PC games but seldom finish one. I’m a casual gamer and if you’ve ever played Plants vs. Zombies or any hidden item game, then congrats, you’re a casual gamer too! I’m sure a lot of you play even more elaborate games on your tablets and this isn’t really very surprising, what with the boom in mobile apps development. Right now, I play Clash of Clans, Hay Day, Castle Story, Roads of Rome 2, Into the Dead, Puzzlelot and Dwarven Den – mobile games meant to pass the time.
But I’m not here to talk about mobile apps. I’m here to usher you into the sweet world of PC games. Games the menfolks love. Now don’t panic! You don’t have to play World of Warcraft just to impress the men in your life (though they would think that’s pretty cool)… you can start with knowing what kind of games they like. I’ll give you a brief introduction into popular games that our
boys men play and maybe this will help you understand their fascination (and maybe spark your own interest in games — the men are probably crossing their fingers while reading this). While I can’t give you the Top 5 Best Games (because there are just too many game genres to speak off…) I’ll talk about games you’ve probably heard about. Taking a cue from my Hubby and our friend Mookie from That Riyadh Gamer, here are Five Popular PC Games to acquaint yourselves with:
Civilization is a turn-based strategy game that allows its players to take the role of prominent historical figures like Caesar, Kublai Khan or Napoleon and then build their civilization from scratch. Each turn lets the player grow their civilization, build cities and armies, foster alliances and commercial routes. This game requires a lot of logic, planning and patience — all good qualities to find in a man. Haha. I was surprised to know that this game series started out in the 1980’s but I can understand its staying power. Each subsequent release is better than the last with beautiful maps and content. Hubby is eagerly awaiting the release of Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth, where the game will let players carve a new niche in Space.
Ah the infamous DOTA, often the cause of teenage breakups. This is probably my students’ favorite game evah. DOTA 2 is a free-to-play, modified multiplayer arena game based on the strategy game Warcraft 3. DOTA 2 is a lot like “capture the flag” –only with a lot of back story and bad ass heroes. It’s a battle between two teams (The Sentinel and The Scourge) and both teams have to defend the routes leading to their base and at the same time destroy their enemy’s base and “Ancient” building. It’s so popular that there are even DOTA 2 International Championships, attracting players around the world with the promise of prestige and for this year, a cool 10.9M dollars worth of pooled prize money. That’s just a running number for the 2014 Championships! What!? Wow.
I’m a bit familiar with Warcraft because my dad use to play Warcraft: Orcs and Humans back in the 90’s. World of Warcraft is a massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) based on the strategy game Warcraft. Here players get to interact with other players by building a character or avatar. Avatars earn experience and skills by battling monsters and completing quests. They also meet other players virtually and form guilds. It’s a bit like Ragnarok and MU Online but with better back stories and artwork. There are currently four game expansions on top of the original game, each with their storyline based on the Warcraft fantasy universe.
Skyrim is an action based RPG with five installments under its belt. The story takes place in civil war-torn province of Skyrim and players take on the role of a hero, build the character by completing quests and destroying monsters with the end goal of stopping a dragon from fulfilling the Elder Scroll’s prophecy and destroying the world. Skyrim is a piece of work: beautiful artwork, storyline, game play… undead warriors and dragons!? But be warned, it will take weeks to finish the entire game!
Call of Duty is a first person shooter game that started out as a PC game and has since expanded to include titles playable on consoles and handheld devices. There’s a whopping 20+ Call of Duty titles to choose from. Whaaaattt? The game is set on war time scenarios and players take on the role of soldiers and the aim of the game is to win the war– of course.
Whew. I didn’t realize how hard it would be to put great games into single paragraph summaries, and to think we’ve barely scratched the surface. There are literally thousands of PC games out there with more than ten different genres to choose from. We haven’t even discussed console games! Yikes! But here’s to you, dear reader! You must really care about that gamer to read through the end of this article. Hehehe. On the other hand, if you liked this article you’ll probably like my next one. With all the research done, I found myself searching for games that ladies might like too… I found a few, so wait for my next post, okay? Til’ then!
P.S. Boys, no games on school nights. 😛