Good Games (the ones I’m good at) vs. Bad Games (the one’s I’m not)

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Hi all. Well, now that the forums are basically back to normal (thanks for taking care of that, staff).

Anyway, anybody here every get into the game Super Meat Boy? I think the fact that I saw it in that one documentary is the reason I bought it.

Now, I’m not normally into platformers, but this one really has charm. But it’s funny … I found my “attitude” toward the game was changing minute by minute as I was playing it, depending on how good I was at that particular moment or whether I sucked. And it’s seems like, that’s how it is with games in general, and how it colors our perception … is there a relationship between difficulty of a task and whether we’re fond of that task?

Ultimately, I really started getting into it, and I have to say I really like it, even though it can get challenging.

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11 responses to “Good Games (the ones I’m good at) vs. Bad Games (the one’s I’m not)”

  1. pderosa

    I don't know about anybody but myself, but I tend to like games I find more difficult. The best experience is when you are just barely able to succeed. This is why Path of Exile has held my interest long term. The character creation is so difficult it has spawned complicated third party tools.


    This is also why I am unable to enjoy Destiny 2 long term. When I go into a crucible match I normally destroy the other team so easily that the game gets boring. Dota 2 is the opposite situation. I fail and lose so hard that it does not hold my interest.

    • ErichK

      In reply to pderosa:

      I tend to be only mediocre at best when I play FPS multiplayer online. I suppose if I played it that way more often I'd get better and be more competitive, but I think that's why I just enjoy playing by myself against bots. I just like to enjoy the graphics and blow off some steam.

  2. wright_is

    I used to be able to clock Time Pilot, I could play for about 2 hours on 10p. On the other hand, I never really got good at Defender or Scramble. I was okay, but never good.

    I remember a mate and me played Time Pilot for 6 hours on 10p once, we would keep swapping when our hands started to cramp up.

  3. Polycrastinator

    I don't think it's whether you're good at it so much as whether it's a source of frustration. I've heard so many good things about Spelunk, I bought it, and it just never worked for me. It was annoying to play for me.

  4. lordbaal1

    Super Meat Boy, sounds like a gay porno.

  5. robotraccoon

    Mega Man 11 and Cup Head are my current sources of platforming fun and frustration.

  6. tahj

    Yes Super Meat Boy is a very good platform game but it is not recommended to everyone already we must like the style, control a piece of meat that leaves traces of blood everywhere and is cut by circular saw if you are vegetarian it can be hard to support but the biggest black spot is its difficulty.



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  7. Brazbit

    My talent at playing a game rarely has much influence over my opinion of a game. There are games that I can beat blindfolded that I can't stand and games that I sometimes have spent years playing without seemingly getting any better yet enjoy thoroughly.


    Every so often I will get frustrated with my inability to get past some obstacle, scene or a poorly timed death takes me from mere pixels from the goal back to the beginning of a level and I will growl, grumble or even yell at the TV. My wife has learned that this is not a sign of me hating the game. As I had to point out to her repeatedly over the years, as she would be concerned, if I didn't like the game, I would simply turn it off. The mere fact that I am frustrated and still playing it means that I am enjoying the game, just currently frustrated with myself for not being able to complete it.


    For most of my life Dragon's Lair has been one of my favorite games. It came along when I was young and totally transformed my opinion of what video games could, and should, look and sound like. It was probably 25 years, until I finally beat that game (to be fair, the full arcade version wasn't available for home play for 10 of those years). Yet during 25 years of failure I enjoyed myself every-time I would drop 50¢ into the coin slots.


    Ghosts and Goblins is another example of a game I am terrible at yet consider to be a great game. It has all the elements I like in a game, even if it is unforgivingly difficult. I rarely get past the first stage. But it is fun, it looks great, it has a sense of humor and despite being hard it is fair. Much like Cup Head, which I also enjoy.


    Don't get me wrong, sometimes waltzing through a game on a carpet of quickly dispatched foes can be fun, but a truly good game is one that can challenge you and push you to the limits yet you keep coming back for more while enjoying your time playing. Make a solid game that is challenging, but not impossible, and I am there.

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