Crashers! Welcome to our first You Play You Say? post. A brand new feature in which we dedicate some time putting a question out to our readership, and put together some of the best answers for you all to enjoy.
Gaming is no part-time business. To be the best you have to put in the time. Not that there’s anything wrong with ultra-casual gaming (aside from you Farmville endorsing yoghurt fanciers), but the truest forms of gaming brilliance always come from those with the dedication to discover and push what they’re capable of. The pioneers of good form. The warriors of self-accomplishment and pride.
No matter what our skill level or how long we’ve been playing, we all have those moments in gaming where we have to sit back, take a breath and reward ourselves with a pint of delicious ale or a particularly well crafted biscuit. No matter if you’re an accomplished Zelda speedrunner, a dedicated Tetris score beater or simply someone that’s found Dark Souls bloody hard! (That would be most of us). The struggle is real for all of us, and the sense of self-worth and achievement is equal when we eventually overcome the challenges we set for ourselves.
Recently we asked our readers what their greatest gaming achievement in all their history of gaming history gamey games was; which aside from being a particularly appallingly worded question, has provided great variety of answers. Let’s take a look at our featured readers this week!
Name: Mike Cornell
Game: Elder Scrolls: Skyrim – Should have worn extra gloves.
“I think my most ridiculously greatest achievement in gaming history would be the amount of hours I put into Elder Scrolls Skyrim without even completing the first mission. I chose no factions. I didn’t even begin the Greybeard’s quest-line to unlock more shouts! I seriously put over 100 hours into that game purely on side-quests, exploring and leveling up. I managed to max my archery and stealth, followed all Guilds to completion, become the most feared assassin and racked up over 40+ dragon souls. At this stage I realised after confessing my game play to another Skyrim player that I’d gone awry in a big way! I still to this day haven’t completed the main story. Of the many things you can take away from this some of the more poignant are; ‘true’ open world games are outlandishly immersive, and there wasn’t a single glitch (seriously, not one out of place enemy or twisted side quest).”
The Crash Team say:
Well we hear you there, Mike! Out of all the games released for the “new” generation of gamer, Skyrim had to be both the most accessible and yet also one of those best suited to truly dedicated, immersive, limitless gameplay. And now with the remastered console edition including mods, gamers of all ilk have another excuse to get utterly lost in Skyrim’s haunting and beautiful landscapes.
As for the glitchless playthrough… All we can say is, you’re one lucky bastard.
Name: Angel Elms
Game: Minecraft – Kids in Block Houses
“My biggest achievement was by far my Minecraft cathedral. it was my first build that wasn’t copied, it took weeks, and it looks amazing. It was on PS4 vanilla Minecraft, so there were no command blocks of extra help from the PC version. I could probably build a much better one now… But it is still what i am most proud of.”
The Crash Team say:
And proud you should be! We’ve checked out this awesome construction in all its blocky glory, and can confirm that it is in fact The Shit. We’ve been discussing the whole thing in the Crash Team tea room and have decided that it only right that you build us a Pixel Crashers HQ.
We implore you to check out Angel’s hard work out below!
Age: Unknown, but probably more than 8 and less than 80
Game: All – Don’t even get me started
“Perhaps my biggest achievement was learning to play fps games right-handed. I’m cack-handed normally, and always had to flip the look and move sticks in fps games. And then Gears of War came along with a cover button that you needed to be able to press when moving. Maybe I could have remapped the buttons, but continually having to remap controls was a pain anyway in other games so I took it on me to practice and play right-handed. After an awful lot of patience it finally paid off, and I got to about the same standard as I was before. But it was pretty painful for a while before that :D”
The Crash Team Say:
I think I speak for all of us at Pixel Crashers HQ when I say yeah, Fuck that.
I struggle to pick up a pen with my left hand, let alone learn to play backwards. Somebody get this man a beer. *claps*
Name: Beau Bridgland
Game: Pokemon Leaf Green – Enslaving Innocents
“I think when I completed the National Pokédex on Pokémon LeafGreen. Back in those days there was no internet trading, so it required a lot of playing and trading to myself from Ruby, Sapphire, LeafGreen, FireRed, Emerald, Colosseum and XD. Lots of Gameboy Advances, GameCubes and cables connecting them all together :D”
The Crash Team Say:
Now this is impressive. As seasoned Pokemon Trainers ourselves, we appreciate the difficulty of the trading system back in the day. We salute your efforts, good man, and thank you for once again reminding us just how old we are. *middle finger*
Name: Ross Law
Game: Guitar Hero 2 – Just enough Education to Perform
“I’m not a coordinated man; I don’t dance, I can barely walk in a straight line and when I attempt to play an actual guitar it sounds about as rhythmic as a lodged badger’s carcass rotating in a car’s axle. Guitar Hero was a big deal for me. Here was a chance to pretend I was at all musically gifted. And at first I sucked at pressing the buttons at the proper moment, and frequently had to restrain myself from smashing the chunk of plastic against the nearest, hardest piece of furniture. But, such was my love for the game, I kept coming back and gradually became somewhat decent, and stopped flubbing the simplest of fretboard flourishes. As one long summer spent indoors playing with a piece of plastic came to the end, I had almost 5-starred every track on hard mode. Expert mode was always a little beyond me; but this was no mean feat! I played with determination, and the last track to get through was the Trooper. And that fucks hard with its solo. Oh my, keys sprawled everywhere. Every cylinder of my tiny ant brain was firing. Concentrated droplets of sweat needled my brow as I finally reached the end and the rating came up on screen. I don’t want to admit that I wept at the sight, but I think a few tears of joy did gush.”
The Crash Team Say:
One of the greatest things about gaming is the very palpable sense of improvement. It’s demonstrated no better than in a rhythm based game such as Guitar Hero. Many saw Guitar Hero as a pale imitation of real musicianship, and it was if you took it too seriously. What it also was in itself was a fantastic game that put your reflexes to the test and time and time again helped you surprise yourself of what you were capable of. I recall many times trying a song for the first time and thinking AWWWW, HELL NO! only to find myself finishing comfortably some weeks later. Progress is a gift unto itself, and you succeeded admirably! Well done, Jimi.
We’re incredibly pleased with this great selection of responses for our first You Play You Say? post. Thanks to all those that responded and we look forward to hearing you out on our next feature! If anyone has any ideas for our next one, please let us know on our Facebook Page HERE!