My Body is Ready

It's tough being pigeonholed.

There are always people that want to say what you as a gamer prefer to play is somehow "wrong" or "stupid", some even going so far as to say you play "bad games" just because they don't like the specific genre. You see it a lot with Call of Duty players towards others, and that same feeling seems to get reciprocated a lot. However, how do you handle it when these situations come up?

Recently, my friend and I were discussing games that we are looking forward to playing in 2012 - specifically, the early part of 2012. Amidst the nods of "more Dark Souls" and "more Skyrim" and "Old Republic" and "Kingdoms of Amalur", it became quickly apparent to me that I had dropped a bombshell of hype on him that he wasn't ready to hear, like he needed to grab onto something because the blast seemed too much for him to bear. I said the following words:

"SSX is going to own my soul this year. I guarantee that I will put more hours into that game than anything else."

He seemed blown away by this, asking how the hell someone could possibly put that over stuff like Dark Souls, Skyrim, Kingdoms of Amalur, and Old Republic. Thus, I had to explain to him my obsession with SSX 3, the pinnacle of the franchise. It is no lie to say that I put more play time into SSX 3 than pretty much any other game in my life, barring World of Warcraft and possibly Vagrant Story. There may be a few others, but they don't come to my mind immediately. The point of the matter is this: I got every Platinum medal in the game, posted up on message boards with high scores as often as possible, and in general was very fucking good at SSX 3.

In this lies a problem, though: how do I explain why I spent so much time in a game where you are essentially just going down a track and doing tricks? How do you make someone who has never played the game and has little interest in doing so understand "there's a thrill in doing these tricks, getting the big air, going fast, and the general atmosphere"? I don't feel like I have to justify why I like a game to anyone. However, it's not like he's saying "oh, fuck that game, it sucks". Instead, it's an understanding that we both like different kinds of games (he loves Soul Calibur, I'm not a huge fan) but I can't explain to him why I'll put more hours into SSX than he'll put into Skyrim or Dark Souls.

There are few that can even understand the level of hype I have for SSX. This is something I've been waiting for since playing SSX on Tour and being thoroughly saddened and disappointed by what it was. I've been dying to see only a handful of games get their proper dues in sequel form: Vagrant Story 2, Dark Cloud 3, SSX, Fear Effect 3, and a new Kain/Raziel game.

It's like all the people waiting for Persona 5 or some other illusive game that never seems to get closer. This time, though...it is finally happening.

I'm ready for SSX. I'm ready for the slopes, the peaks, the spills, the tricks, the speed, the ambiance, the atmosphere, the soundtrack, the leaderboards, the RiderNet...EVERYTHING!

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Posted by jakob187

It's tough being pigeonholed.

There are always people that want to say what you as a gamer prefer to play is somehow "wrong" or "stupid", some even going so far as to say you play "bad games" just because they don't like the specific genre. You see it a lot with Call of Duty players towards others, and that same feeling seems to get reciprocated a lot. However, how do you handle it when these situations come up?

Recently, my friend and I were discussing games that we are looking forward to playing in 2012 - specifically, the early part of 2012. Amidst the nods of "more Dark Souls" and "more Skyrim" and "Old Republic" and "Kingdoms of Amalur", it became quickly apparent to me that I had dropped a bombshell of hype on him that he wasn't ready to hear, like he needed to grab onto something because the blast seemed too much for him to bear. I said the following words:

"SSX is going to own my soul this year. I guarantee that I will put more hours into that game than anything else."

He seemed blown away by this, asking how the hell someone could possibly put that over stuff like Dark Souls, Skyrim, Kingdoms of Amalur, and Old Republic. Thus, I had to explain to him my obsession with SSX 3, the pinnacle of the franchise. It is no lie to say that I put more play time into SSX 3 than pretty much any other game in my life, barring World of Warcraft and possibly Vagrant Story. There may be a few others, but they don't come to my mind immediately. The point of the matter is this: I got every Platinum medal in the game, posted up on message boards with high scores as often as possible, and in general was very fucking good at SSX 3.

In this lies a problem, though: how do I explain why I spent so much time in a game where you are essentially just going down a track and doing tricks? How do you make someone who has never played the game and has little interest in doing so understand "there's a thrill in doing these tricks, getting the big air, going fast, and the general atmosphere"? I don't feel like I have to justify why I like a game to anyone. However, it's not like he's saying "oh, fuck that game, it sucks". Instead, it's an understanding that we both like different kinds of games (he loves Soul Calibur, I'm not a huge fan) but I can't explain to him why I'll put more hours into SSX than he'll put into Skyrim or Dark Souls.

There are few that can even understand the level of hype I have for SSX. This is something I've been waiting for since playing SSX on Tour and being thoroughly saddened and disappointed by what it was. I've been dying to see only a handful of games get their proper dues in sequel form: Vagrant Story 2, Dark Cloud 3, SSX, Fear Effect 3, and a new Kain/Raziel game.

It's like all the people waiting for Persona 5 or some other illusive game that never seems to get closer. This time, though...it is finally happening.

I'm ready for SSX. I'm ready for the slopes, the peaks, the spills, the tricks, the speed, the ambiance, the atmosphere, the soundtrack, the leaderboards, the RiderNet...EVERYTHING!

Posted by Video_Game_King

Did anybody else initially see the word "SEX" under this blog's title when they first saw it?

Posted by jakob187

@Video_Game_King said:

Did anybody else initially see the word "SEX" under this blog's title when they first saw it?

SSX is SEX. You have achieved SUCCESS!

Also, Cess is the name of my dog. Sorry bout ya brah!

Posted by MikeGosot
@Video_Game_King said:

Did anybody else initially see the word "SEX" under this blog's title when they first saw it?

I was going to ask the same thing.
Posted by PeasantAbuse

My body is ready alongside your ready body.

Posted by TurboMan

When was the moment I was sold on the new SSX?

The Dubstep Tricky remix.

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Posted by jakob187

@TurboMan said:

When was the moment I was sold on the new SSX?

The Dubstep Tricky remix.

So dirty.

Man, SSX really IS about sex, isn't it? Dirty music, dirty tricks, dirty peaks...

The comment section of this blog is going to turn into an orgy soon.

Posted by rmanthorp

Great read man! I can't wait for this! It sucks that it comes out so close to Mass Effect 3 but I know once I get that out of the way I will be coming back to this game hard for a LONG time. I agree that I am very likly to put more hours into this than anything else this year. So hyped!

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Posted by umdesch4

Yeah, I'm getting a little obsessive about this game, the closer it gets to reality. Watching gameplay footage makes my fingers itch to be holding the controller and doing it myself. I've also been listening to nothing but SSX music for the last week or so, and looking for Canadian pre-order information (still haven't found a source for the Kaori bonus board in Canada :( ).

I've been waiting for years to experience SSX in 1080p on my home theater. This is gonna rock!

Posted by umdesch4

As for the OP waxing poetic about SSX 3, I totally hear ya. I might be the only person I know who has a hard copy of that monster FAQ from gondee (I think over 200 pages), actively studied it, and used what I learned to max out all the characters. I don't EVER do that kind of thing for games, but that one got into my blood...

Posted by jakob187

I won't lie: I'm starting to get a sense of dread as it draws near, as I already know that I won't see the sun for at least a year. LOL

Posted by Stackboy

It's nice to know a bunch of other people are hyped. Been anticipating this since the first few gameplay trailers came out of E3.