2012 will go down as the year of the loot. Basically every game released this year has it in one form or another and some games are built completely around attaining as many sparkly breastplates and Kevlar covered cod pieces as your inventory can handle. It’s materialism in digital form but the acquisition of aforementioned trinkets may still point to some potential character flaws you have. Because I watched a couple of episodes of Dr. Phil and am not afraid to be considered a hypocrite, I’m here to break down exactly what the loot pursuit in certain games says about you.
You haven’t always liked loot, but as you grew you saw its importance in terms of overcoming obstacles of much greater magnitude. The cosmetics of your gear aren’t as important as its functionality, but you’re not against looking super sweet either. Yet still, has life become better or worse since you’ve gotten a taste of the sweet assortment of treats that the loot has offered you? The thirst for more may be a side note to the task at hand, but that doesn’t stop you from exploring every little nook and cranny that your mini map reveals to you. Perhaps you’re starting to take chances with environmental obstacles or backtracking when you don’t really need to? Maybe you’re spending more time in your inventory when you could be smashing skeletons with giant hammers? You may not have expected loot to fit so prominently in your life but it has and it’s here to stay.
The Secret World
On the surface, you look like the kind of individual that isn’t obsessed with the pursuit of all things accoutrement. In fact, outside of the weapons you brandish one may confuse you with a normal ordinary citizen. You and I both know that’s not true. I’m sure you think the track pants and leather jacket can throw people off your scent, but your ability to fight off beasts of lore points to your deception. Deep beneath your cool and uncaring exterior lies a person obsessed with talisman and other pieces of jewelry that can enhance your mind, body and soul. Some might say that by denying that you need to improve your stats through such items, you’re a worse person. Maybe the Diablo 3 players look shallow by comparison, but at least they are honest with themselves.
You have simple tastes, but when it comes to the things you are interested in, you’re constantly pursuing something bigger and better. You’re like a redneck with a shed full of tools. You’re OK with wearing the same dingy clothes, sporting the same hair style you had before, and even when you do switch things up, there’s not too much of a difference. The tools though…the tools are another animal all together. You love tools and hoard them in backpacks, lockers and vaults. You endlessly study the subtle differences between them, trying to decide if you’d prefer a bigger magazine or a deadlier elemental effect. You validate your obsession by focusing on functionality, but that doesn’t stop you from delaying mission objectives to dig through animal droppings or forage in dumpsters for the latest member of your firearm family. Sure, they all have a very direct benefit to your survival, but is it really safe to travel with that much weaponry?
People may mock you for the incredible amount of time you spend trying to look and fight at your best, but on the inside many of them are quite jealous. You look good and you don’t care what your flashy exterior might say about your soul. Yet, you’re crying on the inside, stuck in a recurring Groundhog Day like nightmare where you accomplish the same feats over and over again, the only reward being the clothes on your back and the instruments of death in your hand. You try to change things up, make the quest more difficult for yourself but there’s never really much of a change. The loot, however does change, slightly modifying itself, digging its talons further into your mind and continuously dragging you back for more. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. There are many of you out there and you’ll be the fortunate few who are adequately equipped to handle an expanding quest or new challenges. After all of that treasure hunting you can be proud to know that it was all worth it in the end. You can laugh at the doubters, brag about your ability to plan ahead and continue stroking your dexterity-enhancing long johns. But the creators of your story are known for taking their time. It could be many months or years before the fruits of your labor can be put to the test. Maybe it will never happen. Will it be worth it, I mean you can’t take that stuff into other games or to your grave……….
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