Thursday, February 28, 2013
The Video Game question
In the popular consciousness RPGs hit the market maybe 30 seconds before video games did. The Atari 2600 entered into home market in October of 1977, around the same time as the first printings of AD&D. Sure OD&D was out before that and there were video games before the 2600 too. Indeed the 2600 is part of the 2nd Generation of video games, with the 1st gen starting in 1972.
The cost of entry to the home video game hobby is higher than RPGs, the prices are remarkably stable. For example RPGs have been something of a steady state tech, video games and their hardware are fully in line with Moore's Law; getting cheaper while getting better. The 2600 retailed for $199.00 in 1977, the Wii retailed at $249.99 30 years later.
Video Gamers and TT Gamers have always seen to eye to eye. I know for a fact that someone on my reader list has seen someone come into their FLGS to look for a video game only to be mocked out of the store.
The issue I have is that this divide really should not exist Granted. I have no clue what some Video Gamers are talking about sometimes. I am still only level 2 in Skyrim, never played WoW, Everquest or anything else like that. I have been playing Lolipop Chainsaw for about 8 months and still am not past "level 2" on it.
So before I go deeper into this I want to ask. What video games are you all playing?
Did you pick them because they appeal to your TTRPG background? Or because they are opposite of an RPG? Why that game?