GoNintendo 'End of Day' thought - Moments that take you out of the game

I didn't have my usual Wednesday block off this week. I had NintenDaan trade with me for that same block later today. Man, I didn't realize how much I need that block off. This week is killing me! So glad it's Friday...and I bet most of you are as well! See you in a few, short hours.

I think many people here would argue that video games are some of the most immersive leisure content out there. Books, movies, music and TV shows all bring you into the experience, but video games really put your front-and-center like none of those others can. You're the lead, you take control, you make things happen.

Being in this driver's seat, be it playing as the hero, an overseer or an entire army, is quite a powerful experience. The better the game, the more attached to the action you become. Your palms start to sweat, your lip quivers nervously, you start to twitch in real-life to avoid in-game fire. Then...it all comes crashing down around you.

I'm talking about those moments that rip you right out of an experience. Instead of playing the game and being deeply involved, something crops up that takes you out of that connection. You were so intensely focused just minutes ago, but now you're scratching your head, trying to figure out how the devs could let that moment slip through.

I actually just had one of these moments in Bioshock Infinite. I was really enjoying the game's setting, but then I started to realize that a lot of the characters had exactly the same face. Things were really ruined when I wandered over to a table that featured 3 women sitting together...all with the same face. In a game that is truly out to push boundaries and immersion, why is something like this okay?

What moments have you experienced in games that ripped you right out of the story? Was it a glitch that ruined the moment? Was it a gameplay design choice that just didn't mesh with the rest of the game up to that point? Leave us a comment and share your moments that had you troubled.


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