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Why The Gaming Controller Is The Bane Of My Existence

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Grab Gaming By The Controller ✊🎮

Hello Gaming Worker Devotees! I hope you don’t mind an interruption of the usual (awesome) narrative from the original Gaming Worker 1️⃣, for a guest post from a truly novice, but enthusiastic 2️⃣ (this counts for something) PC gamer and her struggle with…switching to a gaming controller.

First, A Brief History

I was introduced to gaming by my little brother way back when I was in high school. He was (and still is) a huge PC gamer. Our parents were super strict about games and “their highly addictive qualities”…so the way around being banned from Sega, Nintendo and the like was through computer games. I mean, come on dad, we NEED a computer! For school work!

Rob, the aforementioned little brother, would game until the wee hours of the morning (as true gamers must) and slink up to bed far too late. Of course I was curious. What could be so fun to keep him up this late? So I ended up watching him game…and boy did it look fun. Eventually I was allowed into his gaming world when he wanted to play Worms Armageddon 3️⃣ or another game that required two people (and had relatively easy gameplay for this newbie). And my love of gaming has continued ever since.

Now Let’s Fast Forward Quite A Few Years

Despite “growing up” and moving out on my own, I stayed true to the PC gaming format. Rob dove into PlayStation, but not me! The keyboard/mouse combo was one I could handle and had become used to. And there are still such a plethora of games that use this format so it was never an issue. Until now.

I recently discovered Steam (yes I know, I’m a bit slow on the uptake…cut me some slack) because a game I was looking forward to was only available for PC via this portal. So I promptly signed up, only to be faced with something I have so artfully avoided all these years. PC gaming using a controller. Yikes!

Now I HAVE held a controller…and gone a few rounds in various games with it (both on Xbox and PlayStation). It feels great, and it’s MUCH more responsive than the keyboard/mouse combo but let’s face it – I’m pretty shitty at using it. It’s BECAUSE it’s so responsive that it hinders me. Where my “goof ups” are hidden on a less responsive device, every little movement and misstep is caught with a controller.  My fingers don’t co-operate, I forget which button does what and I look like a fool using it. My whole body moves along with the controller. Lol. It’s like an intense aerobic exercise. And yes, I know that moving my whole body upwards won’t make my character jump any higher. I got it Sherlock. It’s just my physical response. Not logic.

I hear from many of my gaming cohorts, including our own beloved Gaming Worker, that it just takes practice. Just take the dive, buy it and you’ll master it in time. Like driving standard. Or marriage. Double Yikes!

But seeing as how the Steam controller was literally just released, and is being subjected to some not so decent reviews, I may need to expose myself to someone’s DualShock 4 controller…hmmm….

Sean, I’m coming over. Let’s game! 😄

To Be Continued…Most Definitely!

How The Lego Boy Wonder Saved Batman

Lego Batman Begins And Everything Is Awesome

As fun as it is to snap tiny colourful bricks and pieces together as an adult, I’ve never really given any of the Lego games the time of day. For years I’ve heard about how much fun they can be and my reaction each and every time was “I’ll check it out eventually.” With all of the more deep, robust games at my finger tips I just didn’t think I was missing anything. So I put Lego on the back burner until I got wind of the Lego Avengers game which should have been released by now, but has been delayed until January 2016.

This was going to be my gateway drug into the rainbow coloured world of Lego gaming, because I’m super obsessed with The Avengers, but the universe had a different design for me. A design that manifested into reality when I was shopping at Wal-Mart one fine Saturday with my wife. The impulse hit me when I saw that Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham for PS3 was on sale in the video game display. After some quick, much needed research on my trusty iPhone I realized that there was a PS4 version. I wasn’t in the know. Not when it came to Lego Batman. So I dragged my poor wife (God Bless her for putting up with my addiction) to the nearest EB Games and bought it for PS4.

Needless to say when I got home, put that disc into my console and played for ten minutes I was immediately hooked. I became a Lego brain from that point on and everything has been awesome ever since.

Bats’ Gone Bats!

Now because this is my first Lego game experience the novelty for me might seem incredibly high. And it is, but that’s ok. I know that the ambitious Lego Batman 2 is a much better game so with that in mind I may have to play that at a later date. But right now Beyond Gotham is on the menu and it is good. The evil Brainiac 1️⃣ is doing some not so nice things and it’s up to the Justice League to stop him. Before that can happen though Robin has to reverse the effects of a Batman gone batty 2️⃣ due to Brainiac’s mind control powers. What a  fun idea. This Let’s Play is definitely one of my most enjoyable so far. I love the interchangeability between characters and their suits, the Lego bashing, obsessive collecting and enormous Lego background set pieces that you play in. The Bat Cave looks so good in Lego form and I’m just getting started.

This game really took me by surprise. I can’t imagine what came before in the Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes’ open world experience. If it’s anything like this game (according to reviews it is and more) then I have no choice but to add it to my already increasing backlog. At this point I seriously think I have to quit my job. I have no other choice. I just have too many games to play.

Ok, done. I just quit 😮

Tune In Next Week. Same Bat Time… 💬

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