Published on March 26th, 2013 | by Scot Mackay6
Blog: In the beginning…
The blood red writing was instructing me to choose my character, to choose a destiny to fulfil but more importantly in which way did I want to smite my enemies?
My choice was simple.
- The barbarian with his strength, broadsword and the smallest loincloth in history
- The dwarf armed with an axe big enough to hint that he is compensating for something
- The Amazonian woman who has more attitude than Tony Soprano and a bikini which is possibly not historically accurate.
Golden Axe was not my first experience in gaming but it was one of the most memorable. I remember sitting down with my older brother and arguing over who gets to be the dwarf, purely because he had a massive axe. 9 times out of 10 I would lose and whilst nursing a dead arm (my brothers negotiating tactic), continue as the barbarian Ax Battler hacking and slashing at everything I could. I would attempt to get back at my brother by stealing every potion and health drink whilst ‘accidentally’ bumping him with the old hit, run and pray technique.
Move forward 24 years later and the delicate balance between being friend or foe endures. The battlefield may be different with vastly improved cooperative elements in games such as Army of two, Gears of war and Bulletstorm but that bond forged in warzones across the planet was always going to be a brittle one. Games such as Trials HD or Mortal Kombat always pulls me back to being the younger sibling who wanted to beat the ultimate boss…….my big brother.
I carry my belief of cooperative play into many of my chosen gaming arenas. Call of duty is one of my most common haunts but lately I have found it difficult to extend the hand of friendship because it is usually greeted with a wall of silence. I understand that not every player in the world likes to talk to strangers from far off exotic lands such as India, Singapore or Swansea but a little bit of communication does help.
With the evolution and expansion of social gaming a very real problem has emerged from the shadows…..the Troll. We have all had experiences with Trolls at one time or another, be it constant team killing, hacking or simply abusive comments and messages. This is what I believe prevents players from stepping into games and uttering that immortal word ….”Hi”. With this in mind it is important to remember that there are people out there who take their time to welcome new players, old players and …GASP!!!!….even female players into the digital world.
Feel free to
drop me a message at any time over live especially if you want to join me in a game of Golden Axe but beware….
I am the Dwarf!