We play games for various reasons. We seek challenges in platformers like Mario and want to level up our party in Fire Emblem. At the core of our gaming experience is one thing, fun. We play games to have fun, and what could be more fun than sitting on the couch with your friends and playing some games?
It always starts the same way. You meet up with your buddies grab some snacks and gather around the old TV. You put the game in, the disc spins and the fun begins.
Everyone talks trash and gives each other a hard time, but it’s all in good fun. No one takes it too seriously at first. Everyone is just so delighted to be blowing off some steam in Smash Bros. or Mario Kart.
Then it happens. One of you breaks out ahead. You stole someone’s star in Mario Party or just got a triple kill in Smash. Suddenly the salt sets in. The tension, the conflict begins to build. Before you know it the controllers are thrown, the chips are everywhere and your close group of buddies are shouting vulgarities at one another before storming off in fits of rage.