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Whispering Headset: A Gamer's Confessions

Dark, embarrassing gaming secrets you tell absolutely no one... we all have them. And if you aren't embarrassed about anything... well, there's probably a few things you should be embarrassed about!

Whether it's that time you trash talked in Call of Duty only to go 1 kill and 15 deaths in Team Deathmatch or those Hannah Montana trophies you can't delete, we'd love to hear all about it! (SUUUUURE it's because you had to do a review, Ben... We believe you.... Honest! *snicker*)

Even if it's for no other reason other than to make us feel a little better about our own deep, dark gaming secrets, why not take this opportunity behind made up screen names to share your own! No one will ever know. Here are some of mine to help get things started.

1) I really liked Final Fantasy X-2.

Like everyone else you know who says they liked it, I swear up and down it's solely about the gameplay. And that's partly true. The fast-paced, turn-based, job-switching battle system was phenomenal, engaging, and full of tactical opportunity. The gameplay in and of itself made the game worth an approving nod.

But I kinda liked the story, too... And the sphere changes... and the jpop.... please don't tell anyone.

I like sports. Better?

2) I don't actually think Call of Duty is so bad.

Ok, so I know that's not surprising. It's quite possibly the most popular franchise in the world for a reason. But I've been an enormous critic of its promotion of "twitch culture" and "quick-scoping". And that's still true in regards to quickscoping. But here's the thing... sometimes... when I'm losing... I break out the quick-scope just to catch up a little... Yes, I feel guilty about it. Yes, sometimes I feel like maybe a cold shower is needed after stooping so low. But the raging cries of my enemies calling me various elementary school insults makes it a little better.

And for all my gripes about the never-repaired Call of Duty bugs, I still play it. A ton. Such a hypocrite.

3) I preordered Final Fantasy XV.

I said I wouldn't. I said I hated the demo (I did). I said they're abandoning all that made Final Fantasy great. I said the emo-kids look ridiculous. (They do.) I even said I hope it flops. And by the way... on that last one... what a nasty thing to say, to actually hope for someone's demise.

But something happened... I watched the Kingsglaive movie and the Brotherhood shorts on YouTube, and I gotta say... I absolutely love the lore. And that, mixed with my nostalgia conditioned need for anything Final Fantasy, forced me to take the plunge and pre-order it.

I really hope to be glad I did.

4) When online gaming, I intentionally try to provoke people who get overly intense about gaming.

What a jerk I am, right? This "White Knight" syndrome is borderline pathetic. I get it. And it isn't really fair, either. I genuinely am immune to feeling insulted by some random in a game of Call of Duty. But if I get any indication that someone else might be taking the game a little too seriously, I'll try to key in on whatever it is that they feel strongly about in the game, and pick on that a little, even if it is a worldview that I share.

So, you think we should all vote for the person I also think should win the election? Well, I'm still going to tell you the other person is better, anyways if you start telling people you disagree with that they're morons or something. And I'll be sure to use the arguments, true or untrue, that will drive you nuts to have to hear, and I'll be obstinant about it.

If you call people names with words that should never be used as insults, like "gay", well... I might even pretend to flirt with you. In fact, in Call of Duty, I have a beautiful rainbow emblem with the words "Gay is OK" ready to go at a moment's notice. Because lets face it, your personal worldview, especially one as terribly discriminatory and belittling as that, shouldn't really have a place in an anonymous online community. So if you're going to make youself busy making others feel like they don't belong, I'm going to help make you just a little more uncomfortable.

So, yeah, I understand that isn't exactly the best of character to do this kind of thing. My mom told me to walk away from people like that. She's probably right. But in my defense, I never make fun of anyone for truly sensitive things. For example, if you had a speech impediment or sounded like a kid, I would never bully. I only really pick on the guys who are initially abrasive, and I stick to the material.

But still...

5) I always play as a female character when given the choice.

Always.

And some of my friends do, too. The common justification you hear is that "Well, if I have to stare at the back of a character all game, I'd rather see a girl running around."

However, that's extremely shallow and not really true at all. The real truth is that there's something awesome about a strong, interesting female lead in video games. I think it's because there aren't enough of them. I'm very excited to see more and more developers creating great games with strong female leads, so perhaps it isn't needed anymore. But the real truth is, I was getting tired of the usual muscle bound dude getting all the glory. Let's be honest here... women are often just more interesting! And video game women are just cooler.

When you get into it, it isn't really an embarrassing fact. But it is an awkward conversation to start having all the time at home.

"Yes, (insert family member here), I did choose to be a girl... No, that's not why... *sigh*"

I know I'm not alone... I know there's a lot of Fem-Sheps out there!

10/21/2016 Chris Howlett

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TrophyHunter
Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 1:28:37 PM
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1. I'm with you on the call of duty thing.
I don't think its bad I just think it somehow needs a bigger change.
Aside from this, I'm not so into competitive gaming, I usually prefer a solo campaign, but when I feel the need of somehow socializing online and play against someone else my first choice is Call of Duty.

2. I can never be the bad guy.
Whenever I play and RPG and the game gives me options to behave like a dick I just can't do it I even feel bad when I have to harm someone that was not meant to be the bad guy since the beginning.
Because of this, I took so long to complete Fallout 4, was too hard to choose a faction knowing I would need to destroy some others.

3. I used to matter a lot about trophies.
Yes, this might not be so surprising due to my nickname, but I got to a point where I waited for someone to release a trophy guide before buying a game, this way I could just focus on the trophies.
Just stopped doing this a couple of years ago, now I'm more interested in having fun, the way games were meant to be.

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wackazoa
Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 11:10:11 AM

I have a problem with the bad guy thing too. Like in GTA Im always taking the less evil approach, never beating up hookers, robbing people, I dont steal cars unless the game tells me too. I do wish more games gave you credit for that too. So maybe have a normal ending, but then add in an extra "good" ending if you played the moral high ground.

But it also is why Im looking forward to Tyranny. That game has you as the bad guy. Sounds like an interesting premise.

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souljah92
Saturday, October 29, 2016 @ 1:40:51 AM

I was one of the few that liked the True Crimes games, streets of l.a and new york, they were a lot of fun and all your actions affected the story if you were a good cop or bad cop. Miss those days and games man

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Rogueagent01
Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 4:02:54 PM
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I am the same when it comes to characters, i almost always choose a female over anything else. Also i feel the same that it isn't necessarily embarrassing but a little awkward having to explain the why when i don't always know why.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 11:52:46 PM

I do too. I like it, I get to make the woman I like. Dress her up. Check her out. I dunno, it just floats my boat.

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wackazoa
Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 11:10:58 AM

@World ... Eww, lol. :P

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 @ 10:35:40 AM

Whaaaaat? I'm a creator? When I write characters I build them from the ground up, looks, likes, characterstics, names, and since I know men inside and out women are more fascinating to me.

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wackazoa
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 @ 4:34:48 PM

*rolls eyes* Sure. Actually I get you, probably same reason why I need to have a giant beard in games.

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wackazoa
Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 4:57:00 PM
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I do none of those. Finished FFX, I really dug blitzball!, and bought FFX-2 but have never played it. My PS2 died just after I bought it, probably from all the San Andreas I played on it, and never got another. I moved to PS3 and that was that.

I confess to never playing the single player campaign on a call of duty or killzone and only going through battlefield 3 cause I was alternating levels with my nephew. Being said I didnt like call of duty's spawn then run around in circles until you died multiplayer. Battlefields objective mode Rush was my jam though.

I have never EVER used a mic on multiplayer. I will make a confession here and now. Im a female. So doing voice chat on multiplayer was asking for trouble in my opinion. I dont have friends who I play online with so I always solo and Im not gonna open that can o worms.

Interestingly, I almost never pick female characters. I always play to whatever character would seem to fit the world best (mostly big burly bearded men with huge swords :p) and very few times have I played a game where it didnt seem that was the demographic the designers where going for. Sure they add in female characters, but mainly it seems as an afterthought to appease females or the guys who want to play as females, you perverts :p. If it fits the story to me then yeah I'll rock a big burly chick with a sword (unfortunately beardless though, hard to look intimidating without the full viking beard)


So yeah, my confession: Im a chick who likes playing video games.

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Oxvial
Sunday, October 23, 2016 @ 11:38:57 PM

'' (mostly big burly bearded men with huge swords :p)''

99% sure that's your type of guy xD

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wackazoa
Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 11:06:06 AM

No actually. I just think its fun to play something your not. Probably why most of you guys play as females. Plus again, a game like skyrim, I know they have warrior chicks but that game really seems to be begging you to play as a huge nordic bearded viking dude with a two handed sword. I usually play females as rogues or mages (stereotypical I know) because they just seem to fit that role better. Every now and then Ill bust out a Zaria type though and just go man up on every thing. It can be fun.

I just need the beard. Big crazy beard that seems like it takes forever and no shits given to grow.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 @ 10:33:30 AM

in Skyrim and Fallout I feel like I'm sposed to play as ME cuz First person is best so I make a guy who looks like me. third person is weak.

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wackazoa
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 @ 11:03:36 AM

So no chicks in VR then?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, November 02, 2016 @ 5:38:16 PM

So far we don't make our characters in VR

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slugga_status
Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 6:04:18 PM
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Hmmm good topic. I'm usually the guy who has a mic but simply door use it. Downloaded the COD Beta and was ready to show my son how much skill I had...only to get killed repeatedly. Smh..

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 11:51:41 PM
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I used my VR to cyberstalk and downblouse a woman! *dies*

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Banky A
Saturday, October 22, 2016 @ 2:50:21 AM
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Guys, Final Fantasy X-2 is the truth okay.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, October 22, 2016 @ 3:58:24 AM

Preach brotha!

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Temjin001
Saturday, October 22, 2016 @ 1:34:23 PM
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I couldn't get into FFX-2 because of how girly it felt. And that's not just because it was a girl cast of characters. It was the stylization of dialogue and cutscenes that seemed to drive a vibe I felt from it that didn't appeal to me. As if S-E was really wanting to directly appeal to teenage girl gamers with the product. It just felt off to me.

Sure, I learned it had a nice combat system but a FF game needs to be more to me than just that.

I'm now officially excited for FFXV. An editor at Polygon wrote a piece describing exactly what I needed to read. He had all the concerns as many FF vets would have. But is now rejoicing over the fact that it is actually turning out to be something nice.
I now think it's going to be a quality experience.

I loved Mass Effect games but I always went with a male Sheppard. Had I replayed them I'd probably choose a female to mix it up.

I'm okay with playing as females in games but I don't have a predisposition to play as one sex over the other.




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Solid Fantasy
Saturday, October 22, 2016 @ 10:19:32 PM
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This was entertaining to read. Let's see... I don't have any too good ones off of the top of my head, but I've been play No Man's Sky and have loved every second of it. I'm pushing 100 hours and haven't lost interest in the slightest.

Yesterday I had the option to play everything! PC, Vita, Shield, PS4 and yet all I really wanted to play was Dr. Mario on the Nvidia Shield. It puzzled me.

OH! When I was younger I bought Dino Crisis 2 and stayed up till 3AM with my best friend. We could have finished it but I said I wanted to enjoy make the game last a bit longer. Sooooo I proceeded to finish the game the following afternoon like a douche.

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Snaaaake
Sunday, October 23, 2016 @ 6:17:15 AM
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I liked FFX-2 as well, it's actually a very good game and I don't see what's wrong with it.
The dress sphere system is really fun once you get into it.
At least it's better than the FFXIII trilogy altogether.

Next, I hate games like Journey, Flower, Everybody's Gone To The Rapture etc.
Games like these makes me wonder who the heck came up with such ideas.
Now don't get me wrong, not saying they're bad games, I just don't see the point of playing these "boring" games.
Maybe to many others they're actually enjoyable, but not to me.

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souljah92
Sunday, October 23, 2016 @ 2:10:11 PM

man flower was gold, i bought that the day it came out and never regretted it, i'd still play it today the soundtrack on the surround headset is so relaxing

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Underdog15
Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 8:32:43 AM

Oh, there's a good angle I hadn't thought of... Games that everyone else seems to think is awesome that I hate. I've got a few like that, too.

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Killa Tequilla
Sunday, October 23, 2016 @ 10:09:10 PM
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I was extremely addicted to acquiring trophies and as a result I played the way trophies wanted me to. Not the way I wanted to play. Because of that, gaming became boring and mundane. I grew out of it though. I enjoy it a lot more when I do stuff my way.

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Beamboom
Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 8:17:29 AM
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I've become so used to have a female avatar now that games without it becomes a major argument against buying it. Really, it has come to that. It's just so, so much cooler with an awesome female character.

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wackazoa
Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 11:15:33 AM

And yet most stories seem geared to being male centric. Could you have imagined The Last of Us with Joel dieing instead of his girlfriend? That would have been a great story. A badass chick teaching young Ellie how to survive not only in the real world, but also her growing up process. Now imagine how that would have sold though.

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Beamboom
Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 2:17:55 PM

I see some argue that a story that is written for a male character needs a male character. But I don't find it hard at all to imagine that same story with a female protagonist. It's typically just minor details that have to be tweaked.

I think the Bioware games really demonstrates this in full effect.

So yeah sure, of course TLoU would work with a female adult too. Obviously.

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wackazoa
Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 3:16:40 PM

"a story that is written for a male character needs a male character."

I see no fault in that. Just that almost every game story IS THAT. Very few games seem to have it the other way. Tomb Raider is a great example. Original was more about T&A, (or just T in this example) but the reboot was fantastic. You had Lara having to learn to deal with her story. Rise of Tomb Raider though... she is all of a sudden Nathan Drake,(who is a serial killer by the by) happily killing dudes without a second thought. In the first game Lara was real. In the 2nd she is a character.

That is the major problem with games, characters that dont make me care. Why should I care or feel worried that Drake (or Lara) is in his 15th shoot out of the game if he doesnt seem to.

Also I was talking about how the reaction to a female driven Last of Us would have been. Joel was the protagonist because he is expected to be. Because I dont think that video gamers really want it else where. Beyond Two Souls I loved. Thought it was really done well. However it didnt sell as well as Heavy Rain. Why? Same control scheme. Same style of animation. Was it because of the female lead? I dont know.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 @ 8:25:08 AM

Wackazoa:
My point is that pretty much ANY story of the calibre we talk about here could handle both a female and a male protagonist. It's dead easy to picture Tomb Raider with a male protagonist, or Uncharted with a female one. There's nothing about either story who excluded any of the sexes.

So that's why I say that the claim about "a story written for a male character requires a male character" is, for a vast majority of cases, just nonsense when it comes to the plain action stories that is gaming.

In regards to sales numbers, it is a widely spread theory that games with female protagonists seem to sell less. It seems to be backed by at least indications that it may be true too.
But that's why I am such a fan of games where you are given an *option*. And it is, arguably and well proven, possible to do so. Even on story centric games.


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wackazoa
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 @ 12:10:20 PM

So then we seem to agree. Gotcha. :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 @ 10:34:00 AM

Agreed Boom, I hated this about Witcher.

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Beamboom
Monday, October 31, 2016 @ 8:27:50 AM

Me too, World :)
That grunt could be a cool companion, but that's about it.

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MRSUCCESS
Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 11:16:29 AM
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I honestly don't do any of those.

1. I played FFX and loved it. From FF7 to FF10, FF10 was my second favorite (FF8 being #1 of course) and I didn't go on to playing FFX-2...it was too girl for me (no disrespect to the other gender). Even when I played FFX my team usually consisted of Tidus, Auron and Wakka.

2. I don't think Call of Duty is all that bad, I'm sure it's very fun, but it's not for me.

3. I didn't preorder FF15 but I do plan on buying it though.

4. I rarely play online but when I do it's usually GTA5 (passive mode ftw) or Dark Souls cooperatively.

5. I don't create female characters because I want to picture myself as the main character. It's harder to relate to the experience if I am using a female.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, November 02, 2016 @ 5:39:21 PM

No Tomb Raider?

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gumbi
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 @ 12:40:39 PM
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Hmm, lets see...

- Nowadays, I usually play games on easy mode when it's an option.

- I have a platinum trophy for the Megamind game. I have kids, I bought it for them, that almost justifies it.

- I liked Legend of Dragoon more than FF VII... A lot more.

- I absolutely cannot be the bad guy when given the option, and I struggle when it's the only option.

- I cry, real tears, every time Isara dies. The first time, I was a complete mess. The anime was even worse than the game.

- I haven't played a horror genre game since the first Silent Hill. That game broke me.

It occurs to me that this list could go on... but I think that's enough :/

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mk ultra
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 @ 4:26:33 PM
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I got a little too into the plastic instrument phase of gaming. I still love CoD. Actually the IW beta finally turned me off the new ones, but I'm still gettin it for the CoD4 remaster which seems more embarrassing.



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JPBooch
Monday, November 21, 2016 @ 1:58:42 PM
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I did get the Hanna Montana platinum, I played it with my 7 year old daughter at the time who loved Hanna, but I was the one bagging the trophies. I feel cheap, lol.

Never really got into FF except the first 2 on Gameboy many years ago and never understood the hype, though I did play XIV and XIII and have XV preordered.

I generally play a male but no aversion to females, whatever mood I'm in and what will immerse me the most.

I get emotional in some cut scenes and stories. Witcher had a few

I don't play horror games because I don't like to scared. Sad but true. Especially well done zombie thrillers.

I play plenty of multi-player but only on a mic with people I know. Older, mature people who enjoy kicking back and having fun. If I'm playing mp by myself, mic is off and voice is off.

95 platinum trophies and I did alter my play style for them, then realized it was boring and just play to enjoy story and I immerse myself.

There you go, plenty I'd sooner not admit, lol

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