Comments Come Lately: Video vs Traditional Gaming

This thread pretty much sums up what would be my response to the overwhelming consensus on yesterday's Terrible Tuesday article on Video vs Traditional Gaming in wargaming.

Thoughts and comments and hugs and gropings and stuff?


Anonymous said...

Skyrim is a MUCH easier game to get into than a Pen and Paper RPG. A friend of mine tried to get me into a Star Wars PnP, and I was horrified at all the dice rolling on tables for my guy's stats.

And when it came time to play with the others...it was really weird for me, like being a kid again and playing make-believe where we go and hunt dinosaurs in the woods. But about Star Wars...and not with the movie stuff I know and love, a weird version with tiny Rabbit people and that junk.

Thor said...

I agree with you, Brent. A perfect example for me is Blood Bowl. I play it religiously on the PC but have not once played the table top version. It's not that I don't want to play it in person as intended, far from it, it's that with the PC version I'm instantly hooked up with thousands of people all ready to play a game at a moments notice. Plus, as you said, it's far easier to work into your schedule.

There's obvious other benefits too with a digital version of a game. I don't need to go buy a new team each time I want to try one out. I have access to all of them as part of the initial purchase. The game themselves are faster too. I don't need to reference rules for dice rolls and such, the game knows and handles these things. It also, as a result, eliminates rules arguments. So forth and so on.

These type of games don't replace the in-person versions of them, they're as much different as they are the same, but they do cater to a much wider audience and offer their own experience.

Black Blow Fly said...

What madjob said is a common style of attack I see a lot on the Internet lately - it has no substance and really he has no clue into regard to those in your gaming group. It is a childish comment.


Big Whit said...

Since there are no gaming consoles in prison the amount of pnp that I've seen on a daily bases there would make you laugh. Madjob will probably kill you for that comment blow fly, so that he can get back to his gaming group.

Brent, I can think of some other great reasons for you to go to prison besides finding a new gaming group lol.

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