How Did I Become a Gaming Stereotype?

How Did I Become a Gaming Stereotype?

E3 is now over a month in the past, and it's nice to actually have time to reflect upon the things I saw there. Looking back, my favorite blockbusters from the expo include Uncharted 3 and Modern Warfare 3. I also got a kick out of Inversion, a third-person shooter that allows you to mess with gravity, and Starhawk, a sci-fi shooter that lets you drop into a map from space.

But among my personal favorites are some games you might be less familiar with.

PAYDAY: The Heist is a first-person shooter about wearing masks and pulling off massive heists, and it's definitely a hard one to put down. The demo I played basically allowed me to pull off that bank job from the beginning of The Dark Knight, only the Joker didn't show up to hog the loot at the end.

How Did I Become a Gaming Stereotype?

And speaking of the Joker, Gotham City Impostors was another neat little title I got my hands on. This game allows you to take on the role of one of Gotham's citizens and fire rounds at some of Gotham's other citizens, all the while dressed like really cheap versions of characters from the Batman universe. The demo I played allowed us to select from premade characters in the categories of Team Joker and Team Bats, but it sounds like the full release of the game will allow you to customize your own character.

Of course, there was also the upcoming indie free-to-play FPS Blacklight: Retribution, a sequel of sorts to Blacklight: Tango Down.

So, after making up a list of my personal favorites from E3, one thing became obvious: pretty much everything on that list is a shooter.

I am in love with shooters.

This hit me hard. I understand the gaming scene is completely full of shooters simply because that's what sells. The college-bound male gamer is stereotypically into shooters, and I've never seen myself as one to adhere to stereotypes. I like to consider myself well-rounded, playing everything from high-action blockbusters to 2D platformers to fighting games to obscure JRPGs. I even take great pride in the fact that I play a lot of indie games. Minecraft, Super Meat Boy, and Torchlight are all games I go back to time and time again, and I'm not sure I should admit how much time I spent with World of Goo.

Yet when I arrived home from E3, all I wanted to do was curl up with a first-person shooter and slaughter some people in team deathmatch.

I blame the industry. Of course I'm going to be into shooters, since so much of what I saw at E3 falls into that category. There is this massive barrage of shooters coming in the near future; it would be impossible to avoid all of them. With the success of franchises like Call of Duty, Gears of War, and Halo, this is simply a genre that has proven itself in today's market. Everyone is doing it.

How Did I Become a Gaming Stereotype?

But that's not the only type of game I played at E3. Just about every genre I can think of was represented at some point in my hands-on time with the games on the E3 floor. I saw action games, MMOs, dungeon crawlers, obscure RPGs, kart racers, rhythm games, sims, fighters, RTS games, and so on. But it was almost exclusively the shooters that held my attention.

So what's my excuse?