Walkthroughs-Spoiling the Fun
I am now in the latter part of the latest game that I am playing, when suddenly I have to solve a very tough puzzle before proceeding to the next room. I guess it’s time to search the net for a reliable walkthrough; Dang.
Most people would probably look for a walkthrough even before starting a game. Main purpose is just to finish the story, which in my opinion takes out all of the fun in gaming, considering that you are just playing the game in another person’s point of view. You will never find the satisfaction, since you haven’t exerted any effort on the game, wonder why you are still playing it?
What are Walkthroughs?
Walkthroughs are like spoilers, they gave out all of the information before the real event happens. Imagine receiving a gift box, some of you might even shake it before opening it and do wild guesses, ain’t it exciting? But what if someone tells you what’s inside the gift box, quite a bummer, right?
Don’t get me wrong, I am not prosecuting people who are using walkthroughs, its fine to look at it when you run out of options to try. I myself find it useful when I landed on a labyrinth and have nowhere else to go (I have a poor sense of direction). But I am asking those people who utilize walkthroughs from beginning to end, this might be a good time to giveaway your game console; some people might find them more valuable.
In schools you will be taught with the basic principles and formulas, but they will never reveal you the answer, why? Because they simply wants you to learn things on your own, experience life just the way you want it; a complete freedom that everybody wants. For me, it’s enough that a player knows how to control his character and the basic interface of the game, eventually you will master the advance feature of the game.
Learn by doing not cheating!
But having a walkthrough treats you like a baby, it does not teach you but it commands you on things you have to do, what answer do I need to reply on his question, do I have to take this item, what option do I need to choose, left or right? It completely takes away your freedom to make your own decision.
Games are designed for us to have fun, enjoy every minute of it. I believe some of you might experience skipping his meal just to finish a certain stage, spending time and effort and giving so much dedication just to achieve a certain stage in the game. That’s how fun it is, the excitement and agitation of what will happen next. Might as well just read the walkthrough and not play the game if you are planning to use it from beginning to end.
And can you believe how some walkthroughs are written…”Make 4 steps north, you will find a green amulet, pick it up but don’t equip it. Now go back 4 steps south, 12 steps east” -Seriously people, I have a better sense of direction than those using this type of walkthrough. Stating how many steps you should take and what to do with the things you found, what will be the next command sit and play dead? You are better than this; you are not a dog that needs this kind of training.
Is it not better to finish the game on your own perspective? You might find things that some players failed to notice. Let me borrow this quote from one of my favorite Japanese manga, one piece…
“We are NOT asking him where the treasure is hidden!!! We’re not even asking him whether there IS any treasure or not!! I’m not sure, but… …everybody set out to sea, risking their lives to search for it!!! If you ask this old man anything about it here and now… Then I’ll quit being a pirate! I don’t want to go on a boring adventure like that!”-Monkey D’ Luffy
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