I am terrible at Bloodborne. I am by no means an expert gamer, nor do I try to be. When I play something, I just try to enjoy the best a game can offer. This doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy Bloodborne. I am having a great time and the fact they I am not any good has made the most of my experience with the game.
The charm of the hardcore game is perseverance. Learning through trial and error. Losing is part of learning the game and a really good hardcore is a game that even though you keep dying, it will have you coming back for more. You didn’t lose because the game was unfair but because you made mistakes or didn’t prepare enough. Having never played the Dark or Demon Souls series that proceeded Bloodborne, I literally had no clue what I was getting into when I first popped the game in. So I had an idea. I have friends who are avid fans of the Souls games, so why not stream on twitch.
In the beginning, I thought it would be funny just for my friends to see me epically fail at life as I constantly got destroyed over and over again. However, it soon became something more. Soon my friends watch began to give me advice, let me know what weapons worked best, what happens when you shoot enemies at the right time and cheered me as took on my first boss battle (which I have still yet to beat). Sure they laughed at me but it was harmless and my failures were pure comedy as I raged and cursed at the screen. I was an experience unlike any other where my friends and people who watch guided me through my journey and empathized with me as I almost reach my goal.
This is one of the reasons I looked forward to the PS4 when it was first announced. That sort of connectivity and conversation that you sometimes only have on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter. An experience that transcends just playing with each other.
I will continue my plays of Bloodborne this way, with my friends watching and guiding me on because sometimes it’s ok to bad at something and enjoy it despite your flaws. If you want to join and throw some advice my way, you can watch me at Renagade11. Hell, I doubt it, but maybe I can even beat the game one day.