December 26, 2010
Getting kicked from the experience
On the night of December 16th, three friends and I drove 45 minutes and spend around 80 total to see Tron Legacy in 3‑D IMAX. The movie is one of my favorite of the year and the best use of 3‑D I have seen to date. But what ruined it for me was other people. It normally happens with every movie I go see and video game I play, someone ruins the experience.
Movies, television, video games, books, any kind of media are there to pull you into an experience, to take you to a world outside your own. They take you mystical and magical places, wars once fought, the future of humanity, to a race track going well over 200 mph; and all of this can be torn down in an instant by the outside world.
Thanks to a sale on the Forza 3 car packs this week, I jumped back into driver seat of one of the best racers of last year. Flying down a straight away in my Renault Magane Trophy with techno pumping in the back ground and my phone rings. So I have to pause the experience to answer my phone, which I want to throw out the window I am beside, and now get back to the game I am now aware I am playing.
Playing the Bad Company 2 Vietnam expansion the other night and I am completely sucked into the experience. Finally got to play the most amazing map in recent memory, Hill 137, I am running around, gun fire blazing, grenades exploding in the back ground, trying to look for my team to help me and 7 out of the 12 guys are snipers and nowhere in sight. Even multiplayer games can be ruined by the wrong people.
This is one of my biggest annoyances, I pay money for games, to see movies, to read books and I expect for my experience to not be interrupted. I have started to take measures to fix this, I bought a turtle beach headset to ignore the outside world around me, try to play with friends in multiplayer games to avoid people who are just there to better themselves, and shutting off the ever annoying phone. The worst experience I have had came from some moron while I was playing Halo 3 one morning, just got my waffles and sat down to play some team death match and for 12 minutes straight this asshole makes the most irritating noise in the world; AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Really do you have nothing better to do with your day then to piss off everyone in the world? This was before Xbox Live added the party system, and every douche bag had a voice and it was a hassle to try and silence them.
I am not trying to sit here and whine, I am just asking for people to make my experience better. You make my experience better, everyone’s will be better. I enjoy escaping into worlds that are not reality and being told stories in the most interactive ways possible. Please don’t be like the Halo asshole and ruin my waffles. Merry Christmas to all the readers out there and have a happy new year.