Am I the only one who loves walking in video games, taking a leisurely stroll through my favourite virtual worlds, absorbing the little details?
I hope not.
Too many players race through video games, never releasing the run button as they storm through set-piece after set-piece to the closing credits. In doing so they miss out on experiencing being in the world that the game developers and designers have painstakingly put together for them to enjoy.
There are many reasons you may wish to consider slowing down and walking through the world of the game you’re currently playing. The biggest one for me is roleplaying as a citizen of the video game world.
In Grand Theft Auto V I’ll regularly switch to the first person view and explore the streets of Los Santos. I’ll wander down back alleys, inspect storefronts (even those that aren’t operational in-game) and people watch on the beach.
In Black Desert Online I’ll stroll through Heidel City watching other players going about their business. I’ll pop into taverns to see the NPC locals enjoying their drinks, and watch as distant ships gradually drift towards the shore.
I get the same enjoyment from hundreds of other games, including Elder Scrolls Online, Final Fantasy XIV, Red Dead Redemption, Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas and, why not, Fallout 4. We as gamers have access to near-fully realised worlds that are just begging to be explored. Not slowing down and taking in the details is a disservice to those who created the world and to ourselves.
Try walking. Even taking an hour away from racing to the final boss could revitalise your view of the world you’re exploring and breathe fresh life into your gaming experience in general.
Just a thought.