What are your weird gaming habits? Do you always reload, even after shooting only a single bullet; never use fast-travel; or only play RPGs if it’s a Wednesday and the developer’s name begins with the letter ‘D’? I posed this question to my lovely blogging buddies a couple of weeks ago, and received a wide range of strange answers…
Obsessively tapping ‘R’
“If you were to creepily stand behind me whilst I was playing a FPS, you’d probably see me stop and ask just exactly what you were doing… but if you managed to do it without me noticing then you might pick-up on me obsessively tapping ‘R’ every few seconds whilst running, or in cover, or walking… or even when I want to reload. A habit I picked up in the many hours I spent with Team Fortress 2 as a nimble scout where having a full magazine is a matter of life and death. Normally this obsession doesn’t interfere with my pretty darn top-notch FPS playing, but there are some points where the reload animation frustratingly stops the player shooting. In my recent adventures in Strafe I discovered that reloading abandons the remaining shots in a clip meaning I was initially throwing away more bullets than I was shooting, and 2013’s Rise of the Triad seemed to be mocking me with its machine gun reload animation which dutifully plays whenever the player reloads, but does nothing as clips contain infinite ammo.”
Giving characters unique names
“I do a weird thing with names. Besides giving the main character always the name ‘Jonez’, the names of the other characters in the games I play are mostly names of people that are currently in my social circle. It’s a strange way and handy way for me to keep track of when I played the game. Yet, I take this to a whole new level when it comes to save game names. ‘After shower’ and ‘Rainy Sunday’ are pretty common occurrences.”
Cleaning your controller
“I also this thing pretty regularly (before big fights especially) where I wrap up the controller in a t-shirt or something and just give it a little clean, just in case it’s got a bit oily. Can’t have my fingers losing traction at critical moments! I mean, that’s the reason I started doing it (when it was warm and my hands were sweaty… gross) but now it’s just a habit for good luck regardless of actual moisture levels.”
Doing your research
“I don’t know if this is really considered a weird habit or not, but before starting a new game I like to do a bit of reconnaissance. I tend to scout out the trophies or achievements first. I guess that can be kind of considered spoiling the game for me, but I want to ensure that I don’t miss out on any silly trophies or achievements that I’d have to start the game again for, or spend 30 hours in an RPG like The Witcher for instance, to find out that I was meant to dispatch of a certain enemy in a particular method to gain a trophy or achievement. I guess I’m still very much into trying to boost trophies although not as much as I used to in the past.
“With regard to a game like Stardew Valley, I’d previously read that it can be a little bit tough to start with – as in, not being sure what the best path of action is to start. So again, a little bit of research to find out what the best things to aim for are in the initial stages of the game. I’m now well on my way to a profitable farm in year two. Same for No Man’s Sky since the 1.3 patch. I’ve been reading peoples experiences of the patch before I dive back in to give me a heads up on what to do when I step back into space.
“As mentioned, perhaps some would say I’m spoiling the game for myself? But I wouldn’t say that at all. I still absolutely loved everything that was thrown at me when playing Horizon: Zero Dawn or Uncharted 4 for the first time, and never read story spoilers. I just did a little scout to see what I might need to be aiming for at the start of the game.”
Being very quiet
“Personally, in RPG games when I have to be stealthy, if I am talking to someone in real life or in a party, I notice that I start whispering. So if I’m trying to sneak past a guard or pickpocket, I make sure to be extra quiet even out loud lol.
“My friend Emily has two weird gaming habits. For racing games or driving games, she turns the controller physically when making a turn or drifting. Also, she has to check EVERYTHING in the room! If there are boxes, drawers, etc, she is checking everyone even if she has found the item needed.”
In talking about this subject with these awesome people, we also noticed a strange trend… more about that in part two coming soon! In the meantime, let us know about your own weird gaming habits in the comments below.
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