Hi folks. If you, like I have, are being bitten by the Pokemon Unite bug (thanks, Jan) and would like to play together sometime, maybe leave a response here with a friend code or some other identifier so that people can find you, add you, and play with you!
Some things that may be helpful to include:
- Your main(s) or preferred position
- Your region/time zone
- Your rank
- How seriously you're looking to play when playing together with fellow duders
So, as an example, I'll start. I'm meant2live in-game, with my trainer # A0XXKR0 (I'm not sure if they're 0s or Os). I play Eldegoss because I like to support and fill in the gaps, but I've also dabbled with Slowbro and Venasaur. I play on PST/PDT in the evenings. I'm currently Great Class 2, but I tend to receive the 4th or 5th score rating in most of my matches.
Honestly, while I like trying to learn these games and improve at them, I'm not looking to get incredibly competitive while playing with people. I just think playing with people might lead to less frustration than playing with complete randoms, and want to have human people around me instead of nameless, faceless randoms.
I totally get what you mean. When I was younger, I could find something to enjoy in any game!
Nowadays, it feels like I have every game in the world in front of me, available for purchase, yet very often I find none of them appealing. Even games that I've bought and played and genuinely enjoy sometimes burn me out in a way I can't recall in my childhood.
I don't know what the reason could be, but it might be that we have higher standards, or that we want a better game to be dedicating our time and attention to.
I've ended up picking up a wide variety of games so that I can jump between them whenever one of them becomes stale.
I actually don't mind random battles, and felt like the lack of any non-trainer battles in Let's Go made everything feel... empty? Like, yay, you're catching new Pokemon, but having better Pokemon didn't make it easier to make it from town to town or easier to catch more Mons.
I'm down to explore a new region, but I hope it doesn't feel as linear as some past games. The one map view they gave sure made it look quite linear.
I'm really hoping that Gen8 will be a good rejoining point for me. I played Gens 1-3, and then I stopped halfway through 4. Came back for a bit of 6, but stopped right around the legendary encounter. Gave Gen 7 a shot, and got bored around halfway again.
I don't know if I'm just done with the format, or if I just need the right game to hook my attention again, but I'm hoping that Gen8 can at least help me figure it out.
I think I turn to different games for different reasons.
I play some games for their stories. I love to fall in love with a world, the characters, and their lives. Yakuza 0, Kiwami, and Kiwami 2 got me invested in Kiryu and those around him like I haven't been since Tales of Symphonia. I love to see poetic justice, and love to feel my emotions dip and rise and soar as the highs and lows of the story hit them. I don't know if I'd call it escapism, but being reminded that I can feel emotions this intensely, even when they're sad, is a good feeling in the end.
I play mobile games (gacha games) and RPGs for the illusion of progress. Girls Frontline is what I'm currently grinding out, but I've also been playing a bit of Cytus 2 on the side. When I feel stuck in life, and that nothing I'm doing matters, it's nice to be able to say, "Well, at least I got a few more levels on my characters today."
I play puzzle games because there's gratification in seeing a problem and finding a solution, especially when they can be done in quick succession. It's very often not useful or productive for real life, but hey, I found a solution. I ended up playing through Picross S, and then wiping my progress, and then playing through it again (4 more times), and I'm just about done with Picross S2.
I (used to) play online multiplayer games with tight-knit communities and guilds because I love meeting people and having people to just chat with as I relax. They're not a substitute for real-life interaction, but talking with people, even online, can help quell the feeling of loneliness. Now that I'm away from them, I know I'll miss my Team Fortress 2 community server, my Guild Wars 2 guilds, and my Warframe clan.