Once we speak about enjoying video games, we often imply one particular strategy: a participant centered on the sport at hand, with as few distractions as attainable pulling them out of the expertise. Lots of the greatest video games on the market are designed particularly to encourage this immersion, typically actively punishing gamers in the event that they drift off.
This isn’t how I’d describe my relationship with video games. You is likely to be conversant in the notion of the “podcast recreation,” a recreation that may comfortably be performed with only a fraction of your whole consideration, the audio both muted or ignored whereas a podcast, TV present or Twitch stream performs within the background. This has gone from being one thing I’ll do sometimes to being how I spend most of my time with video games, and even components into deciding the video games I play within the first place. What began as one thing of a responsible behavior has in time grown to really feel like a brand new approach of understanding how we “play” video games.
What makes for a superb “podcast recreation” can differ relying on who you ask, however the perfect ones all share some widespread DNA. They want as little story and dialogue as attainable, might be difficult however don’t require your fixed consideration, and maybe most crucially – they should have not less than some components of repetitive mundanity. Grinding is an effective instance: I’ve spent giant chunks of my life mindlessly leveling up in Pokémon, a sequence of podcasts protecting me entertained as I deal with the sport simply sufficient to keep away from dying.