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Published February 17, 2018

Video games are the single, greatest invention in existence and they have evolved from bragging rights to in-game trophies, it has created bonds along with forging friendships.

One of the hardest things to do in video games is to enjoy them unless we’re getting a 100% in that game or getting all the in-game treasures.

Ironically, gamers, myself included, have viewed perfection as enjoying the games we play. But the truth is, we as gamers have forgotten how to have fun playing our video games and not focus so much on the trivial things such as sidequests, hidden bosses or trophies.

Odin Sphere Leifthrasir

Not worth obtaining!

Having fun in video games is what gives meaning to playing video games not to mention being able to enjoy everything about that game. For example, using every weapon on enemies to see which one works is what playing God of War games are all about not to mention exploration.

Finding and completing sidequests are fun, but having fun doing the ones that you can do or the ones that are not so complicated is the epitome of having fun with your games.

Another example is when I play Spiderman: Shattered Dimension on my PS3, I don’t make it my life’s work to do and get everything; I just have fun, I play it for the enjoyment.

Spiderman: Shattered Dimensions

Remember, have fun with it!


Sidequests, just the word alone suggests difficulty and apparent hardship. Sidequests are the most critical aspect in games that have them; they allow gamers and their characters to hidden abilities, power upgrades and weapon enhancements to name a few. The trick to doing sidequests is to do the ones that you know can do with little hardship.

Whenever I play Final Fantasy IX, I always do the following sidequests:

Chocobo Hot and Cold – Disk 1 – 4   Final Fantasy IX


Stellazzio Scavenger Hunt – Disk 1 thru 4 Final Fantasy IX


Land Spirits – Disk 1 thru 4 Final Fantasy IX


Coffee Quest – Disk 1 thru 3  Final Fantasy IX


Magic Finger – Disk 4  Final Fantasy IX


Qu’s Marsh – Disk 1 thru 4 Final Fantasy IX


Take note, I do these sidequests only because they hold a personal interest to me and I always have fun doing them when I play which is my ultimate goal. Do not get caught up in trying to do every sidequest for a game.

The reason, you’ll burn out and the toll of perfectionist that it takes on you is no less real. The real point of sidequests is for the fun of the game and that alone.

Trophies are good but…. PSN Trophies

The PS3 and PS4 created what we gamers know as trophies for doing certain things in game. But, don’t get consumed with getting every trophy in a game because the fun of the game lies in getting them at random and I personally love getting awarded trophies randomly; I enjoy the game more.

Incidentally, trophies are awarded for doing in game tasks or completing a level in the game; the enjoyment factor of getting those trophies is enough to keep gamers coming back including yours truly.

So the next time you play a game like Spiderman: Shattered Dimensions or Uncharted 4 or even Dragonball Fighter Z, remember this; just have fun first and worry about the trophies second if at all.

Uncharted 4

LOL! Always hilarious

Another thing is some trophies are a little complicated to get such as a trophy for getting 20 headshots in a row in Uncharted 1 thru 3; it takes a steady and near perfect hand-eye coordination.

Going after these types of trophies are not hard per se, but it should not be the only thing to focus on when you play the game; there’s a trophy awarded for finding some of the treasure in the game. Just have fun with the game and let “nature” takes its course.

Uncharted: Lost Legacy


Switch out Weapons

One of my favorite aspects of certain games is being able to switch out my weapons on the fly, it is that part of the game where just having fun is taken to a whole another level.

For example, I make it a note to use every weapon in the game to access its strengths and weaknesses, but it is being able to switch out my weapons immediately that gets me so into the game.

Uncharted 4

Case in Point!

Another example, if I was up against the wall with flying enemies on one side and ground enemies surrounding me in Ratchet and Clank PS4, I’d take out the Groovitron then switch to my Combuster or my Predator Launcher to take out the flying enemies then switch to my Proton Drum and slay the ground masses.

Switching out your weapons is a good way to have fun in many games that have them. When I was playing Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune and I had to use my Grenade Launcher to get through a part of a courtyard where I was being harassed by gunmen aplenty.

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

Who do you think left this lying around?

I later switched it out for an AK-47 when I ran out of ammo; the former served its purpose so I could get thru the courtyard.


Every gamer knows that exploration is the best part of having fun in video games; whether its one path or three, it is without question that you tend to enjoy your games more when you are exploring on your own instead following a walkthrough.

Ratchet and Clank PS4

Nice, big open world; explore it!

When I say just have fun with your games, I mean just that; do what you want to do and don’t feel like you’re doing something wrong or rocking the boat as it were because you’re not playing the game or exploring certain parts of a game because you’re being ordered to.

Yugioh: Legacy of the Duelist

Light Deck

Another example of this is when I play Yugioh: Legacy of the Duelist on my PS4; I ask myself, build a deck of random monsters or do I stick to a particular attribute like creating a deck of all light monsters and one of all dark monsters?

Yugioh: Legacy of the Duelist

Dark Monster Deck

Or, I could combine them like having half light and half dark etc. I am just choosing to explore other ways of creating the perfect duel monsters deck.


When playing video games, it is good to have a set goal of some sort whatever it is whether it is finding hidden treasure or following the walkthrough.

Whatever your cup of tea is just have fun and don’t worry so much about being mentally penalized for “coloring outside the lines” as it were! Just have fun and enjoy your games; perfectionism is overrated!

This is technically cheating, but hey, do you!


  1. John John

    True, video games should not be played with such seriousness, I mean you have to be serious for wining, but all that seriousness should be taken away. The games listed here are actually new to me but I think the land spirits looks amazing from view so I think will be trying it soon. Thanks for the review

    • Rodney McGill Rodney McGill

      Hey John, thanks for the compliment. Video games are tools for our amusement. Interesting enough, I used to feel as if I couldn’t play a game unless I was getting the 100% in it. But, I began to realize that the 100% in some games are impossible to get so I stop bothering with trying to get the 100% and just enjoy the game. 

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