It’s funny what you get used to (how to recover health in FPS)

By on March 22, 2010
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Dusting off an old game, Call of Duty Allied Offensive, made me realize how used to recent games I’ve become.

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Isn’t it funny what you get used to? That’s probably true for most things in life but in this article I’m talking about how things work in video games.

Just the other day I was on my PC, well, iMac running Boot Camp, but who cares? Anyway, I was checking my Steam games and decided to download a few that I’ve got through some bundle purchases but never downloaded. Call of Duty was a game I happened to have downloaded already but not the expansion United Offensive. After United Offensive (UO) had downloaded I fired it up and began to play it.

Now here comes the funny part. No, not funny ha ha, more like funny strange. I kept dying all the time even though I was playing on normal difficulty.

I thought to myself that although I’m no FPS magician I get around these types of games a fair bit and I shouldn’t be dying that fast. I mean, I kept running to cover all the time so I should be okay.

It took me a while but then it dawned on me. In UO you loose health when you get shot, of course, but then you have to find first aid packs to patch you up with. It’s not like in most games I’m used to from recent times where the screen turns red or blood splatters across it and you have to run to cover where you recover after some time of waiting.

Listen, I’m not saying one system is worse or better than the other, in fact I think some form of combination is probably best, but it’s strange that I’ve gotten so used to something different lately. I don’t think I’ve played those old games for a year or more now so going back to it took some getting used to.

There were also a lot of other things I was surprised at playing an old game like that, both good and bad, but I’ll leave that for another time.


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