CGD Podcast Episode 29 – My Life In Videogames

This episode goes into my history as a videogame player (more than a designer) and talks about how recently I’ve been sort of regretting how much time I’ve spent playing videogames. Of all of the episodes of this show, this is the one I’m least confident about, in terms of, it doesn’t have some super strong “thesis statement”. So if that sounds like something that you wouldn’t want to listen to, you’ve been warned. Hopefully there’s some value in it for some listeners.

Thanks for listening!

  • JP

    I said this on twitter and it wasn’t communicated well, and it makes sense you’d take it as an aggressive epeen contest, but my problem is that you keep saying “Trust me, I know what fps’s are about” but your biggest achievement is putting 500 hours into tf2… It’s not that much. Imagine a politician saying they knows about law because they took a legal environment class in college.

  • Brian O

    For what it’s worth, I’m trying to get into design (I’ve only been on the coding side professionally) but always feel like I’m not as much of a “gamer” or as steeped in the “classics” as I am expected to be. This and other episodes have definitely helped allay those worries. I also definitely share your arc of losing interest in shooters in favor of board games, though for me that might come more from just getting older than from mastery.

  • Yeah the thing is it’s not just the 500 in TF2 – that was just the latest one. These are rough estimates but it’s also 200 in HL2DM, 700 in CS (all versions), 1000 in Doom1+2, 500, in Quake 1 DM, 300 in Duke Nukem 3D, 300 in TFC, 200 in Quake 1 CTF, ~100+ in: Heretic, Hexen, Quake 3, Rise of the Triad, Shadow Warrior, Blood, Battlefield 2, probably ~5 more that I’m not thinking of at the moment.

    But the thing is, this shit really doesn’t matter. Even if I told you “I have played 10,000 hours in EVERY popular FPS” and showed you proof somehow, that actually doesn’t change whether my points are compelling or not. So therefore, why not just judge my arguments based on their merits?

  • If by “getting older” you really mean “getting smarter”, I agree. I would just caution that increased knowledge/understanding of things is not guaranteed with age.

  • Venom

    Hindsight is always 20/20 and tastes change with the years.

    That said I do think playing a lot of games helps, it sure as hell does me, I see it as a painter looking at other painting or a movie maker looking at other movies. There is always something to gain from that, although being “monogamous” with a game is quite deadly I reckon if you aren’t doing it for fun. But on the other extreme I think that playing no games at all is as deadly for quite obvious reasons.

  • Rowan Idris Carmichael

    Really minor point. you should probably at least mention somewhere in these podcast articles the actual name of the show. (The Clockwork game design podcast) as at least for me, I was searching on another device and CGD podcast get me nothing.)

  • Thanks Rowan, good point – will do.

  • The start of your gaming life is eerily similar to my own. Nice to have parents who were cool with it! I first played Pong when I was about 3 years old, and my parents bought an Atari 400 not long after 🙂