Strategical Thinking: Introduction

If you’ve followed my blogging escapades over the years, you may recall that back in 2010 I went on a mission to try the top rated role playing games (RPGs) of all time in an attempt to fall in love with the genre (see link at the bottom of this blog). I have loved gaming for as long as I can remember, but role playing games never sat well with me. That being said, I didn’t like the idea that I was closing myself off to a plethora of games just because they were “RPGs”.

I am happy to say that the experiment worked, and since 2010 I have been addicted to RPGs. So much so, that they are now the main genre of game I play (that is also in part due to every single player game out there now has RPG elements).

So all was well in Mo-Gaming-Land… or was it?
There is another genre of game I steer clear of… Strategy games. I have tried and failed miserably, many times, to get into strategy games. The problem I have is that I’m just not a strategy minded kind of guy. I do fine in the tutorial missions, but then the difficulty increases so drastically after that point, and I just can’t think fast enough to do what I need to do to win.

I settled and believed that I was content to just admit defeat and not bother playing strategy games again… but every now and then, it bugs me. Why can I NOT be strategy minded? I can learn dammit! You can’t hold me back. No-one can hold me back!

This strategy game frustration is an itch on my prefrontal cortext that needs to be scratched. So, much like before, I’m on a mission once more. This time:

Play 5 of the top strategy games of all time.
Spend at least 20 hours on each one.
Become strategy master.
Play chess.

The games on my list (created with assistance from the greatest strategical minds at my workplace) are:

  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • Age of Empires II (HD)
  • Starcraft 2
  • Total War: Medieval
  • Civ 5

I should be starting this sometime next week, and I will be blogging my progress… so, stay tuned, or whatever.

Assuming the Role: Part I

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