Everyone has traditions that they follow every year. Some people like to visit certain locations, eat particular foods or listen to a favorite song. Several of my traditions, as you might have guessed, involve video games and I’d like to share five of them with you right now.
The Resident Evil 2 Tradition
Some games really tend to stick with you. One such game for me personally is my favorite game in Capcom’s famed survival horror series. Resident Evil 2 was one of the first things that ever exposed me to zombies. From then on, I’ve always enjoyed experiencing the deceptively diverse amount of zombie-based media that’s out there. It would be easy to say that I usually play through both the A and B campaign to see the true ending of the game, but I won’t lie to you here today. My tradition for this game involves playing all the way through the A campaign playing as Claire. This was the way I played through originally and it’s hard for me to see the story unfold the other way. Worry not though, as I have a save file ready to go just before the end of Leon’s B campaign.
The Assassin’s Creed Tradition
One of the best things about a tradition is consistency. It’s good to have something that you can count on to be the same every year. For the last three years, the Assassin’s Creed series has been a great source for this consistency. Each year, a new game has come out around the same time, but this isn’t where my tradition lies. Like clockwork, on infamous sale day black friday, the new game is discounted by nearly half. It’s then that I go into the store and pick up said game. One last part of this tradition is that I haven’t quite finished the game from last year. So, I’ll go home and pop in the year old game and finish it so I can get started on this year’s title.
The Backlog Blowout Tradition
Everyone has that backlog of games that just haven’t made it high up enough on your list to finish up. Inevitably at some point in the year, I find myself in a position where my lack of responsibilities and free time line up just perfectly and I get a chance to get some serious gaming done. I always take this opportunity to take a look at my shelf and try to think about what I can get through during this rare window.
The Legend of Zelda Tradition
It’s no secret that this particular series is my favorite. As such, I’ve taken it upon myself to add this series to my traditions. While I would love to say that I play every game in the series every year, this would be a little too large a feat to accomplish every year. What I am able to do is make sure that I play at least one game from the series from start to finish. My favorites to help accomplish this task are the games playable on portable consoles. The release of Ocarina of Time for the 3DS made it an even easier for me and I’ve been playing though it both years since.
The Game Rental Trial Tradition
I’ve found that around once a year, an online game rental service lowers their prices just enough for me to give it a shot. By now, I know what the end result will be, but I still enjoy the process nonetheless. The trouble with these rental services is that I end up using them to play the games I don’t want to commit to owning. I’m still going to end up buying the ones that I want, so what happens is, knowing that I only have a limited time with the rented games, I end up playing the games I like less instead of the ones I bought. Still, every once in a while, a gem comes in through the service that I end up really enjoying and makes the whole process worth it.
So, what are some of your gaming traditions?