Whilst trying to do a new daily yesterday, it was brought home to me quite how much of a ‘non-gamer’ I really am.  The quest, requiring me to race around a cave activating runes, proved completely beyond me.  My son, who popped his head around the door to see what the swearing was about, remarked   ‘that’s nothing compared to some levels in Super Mario’.  And there is my problem.  I have never played Super Mario or any other console-based platform game; I haven’t even played any other MMO’s, apart from a brief side-step into the Rift free trial.

This lack of gaming experience shows itself in strange ways.  I can often grasp the mechanics of a gimmicky fight, but find myself completely unable to execute them properly.  Anything requiring split-second timing or movement in three dimensions can take hours of practice.  Any quest text which begins ‘ mount this dragon/gryphon’  can throw me into a panic, likewise anything requiring me to jump from rock to rock, or across lava or……you get the picture.

I know I am not alone in hating these types of quests – yes, I do read forums – and yet they seem to be becoming more common.  My son has a theory that the skills needed are at a very basic level for anyone who has grown up as part of the ‘console generation’ and are only difficult for WoW players coming from the ‘pen and paper’ tradition via older MMOs.

I am aware that some of my problems are personal and due to plain old age – I just don’t feel comfortable with constantly-changing camera angles and I know I need to improve my movement skills.  I have avoided questing in Vash’jir on two characters – maybe I should bite the bullet and just deal with it, and hope that a prolonged period of enforced swimming will train my brain to cope better.

Or, (and this is an even worse thought), tackle another of my bugbears and start jousting.  In all probability I will in fact do neither – I will continue to muddle along to the best of my ability, and grab a passing family member to get me out of trouble.  I certainly have no intention of taking up console gaming – some new tricks are beyond the abilities of even the most willing old dogs.

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