I’ve gotten addicted to Pokémon X again over the weekend and I’m about half way through the game, I think. I just got the Gym Badge in the Lumiose City and I have never beaten the game so you tell me. Anyway, I’ve been trying to stave off the desire to look at a walkthrough or look up stats and evolutions on a particular Pokémon almost the entire way through and it got me thinking why this is. It’s not like I’ve been stuck or anything. In fact, I’ve been finding Pokémon X to be kind of easy. However, I don’t actually know what to do and I know I could know what to do rather easily. I’ve been keeping myself from doing that but why?
I think the reason, for me, is two fold. First off, I can be something of a completionist and as a result, I desire to play games “the right way” or “the most efficient way”. I want to be able to play through the game and achieve everything the game has to offer in one run so I don’t have to play the game again. However, I’ve been trying to stop that since it’s been actively preventing me from enjoying or just finishing some games. So it could be my personal issue to want to do things “right,” though I know I’m not alone. The struggle is real!
The other reason might be just the sheer temptation of easily accessible information. Contrary to popular belief, the internet isn’t just for porn. It’s mostly for information and there’s so much of it on the internet. It can be addicting at time. Which brings me to Pokémon. Why wouldn’t I look up something on a Pokémon or a certain area of the game when it’s just right there on the internet waiting to be seen? Let’s say that I’m in a new area of the game and I don’t know what to do. Why would I explore and look around to figure it out for myself when I can just look it up online and know exactly what to do? The answer is to enjoy the experience on your own but I’m sure a lot of people find going online to be easier if ultimately less rewarding.
So now I want to know what you think on this subject. Do you find it tempting to look up a walkthrough online for a game you’re playing, regardless of whether you need it or not? Why do you think that is? Let me know in the comment section. I’m always curious of other gamers’ idiosyncrasies while playing. Peace and Love, Gamers and Players! Colorwind out.