Forgetting the controls of a game >_

Don't you hate it when you're away from a game for a while, and when you decide to pick it up again, you realize you have no idea how to play?

That's what happened to me after a 5 week hiatus from playing BioShock (on X360). I'm currently at Point Prometheus and I couldn't even remember how to change weapons. Some Splicers started coming after me and I was running around like a chicken without its head, I couldn't shoot properly, my aim was poor, and I was panicked. Turrets had their way with me and I wasted tons of health packs.

So then I loaded up Crysis to give it a whirl. Previously I had played maybe 45minutes before stopping for a week. Same problem.

Disgruntled, I decided to watch X-Files: I Want to Believe. Turns out I was better off staring at the wall. (No wonder I prefer to lurk on and work on Neo :P).

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Neo McKnight Jan 25, 09
Hens to me all the time ,especially when i was playing Scarface, then started playing GTA 4.
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Klope62 Jan 25, 09
Hahahaha.

I can say quite the opposite too. I've picked up games so many months/years later and sometimes wonder how the heck I still remember how to do some random, specific, move or command. It's pretty amazing sometimes. ;p

And haha, "I Want To Believe". I've always hated that title, though, I ironically saw the first episode of X-Files shortly after and found out why it made sense. Even then, I always meant to check out that movie, but never got around to bothering too.

Then again, you say staring at the wall should give me the same experience? ;p
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jespomo Jan 25, 09
I mainly do this with racing games since I've got so many of them. The basic controls are mostly the same but when I've changed between two and I want to look backwards or something then I've got no idea.
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chautemoc Jan 25, 09
Yeah for me its generally like riding a bike..hehe. Im confident I could pick up Virtua Fighter 4 after all these years and still do pretty well. Pretty amazing all this junk I can keep in my brain.
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Nagare Jan 25, 09
Depends on the game for me

Shooting games are easy enough (on the PC at least) but "original" games or racing games make me a mess.
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tekmosis Jan 26, 09
This only happens to me on some games. The latest one I can think of where its happened is Mirrors Edge. They had a kiosk setup at EA when I went to Redwood Shores and I couldn't remember the controls at all. I had to put the controller down to prevent myself from looking foolish.
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huntyr Jan 26, 09
This happens to me, when playing the same game!
World of warcraft and warhammer both have a lot of keys to press, and the keys do different things depending on your character so when I haven't logged in to one for a while I spend about 10 min, trying to figure out where all my spells are.

I usually group actions that are the same or similar effect in the same spot, but its still fustrationing to have to re-learn what all the buttons i set up actually do
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Chiggins Jan 26, 09
Yeah, this happens to me in Bioshock too. I don't play it much, but when I start playing it I always forget the controls.
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Atomic Jan 27, 09
I didn't like The X-Files: I want to believe. Too much snow, not enough supernatural.
I've forgotten the controls of a few games everytime I sit down and play it, like GTA IV and Spider-Man 3 on the 360. I would sit down with GTA IV and think it was the controls of another similar game.
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Star of Spurs Jan 27, 09
Sort of. I played COD4 for the first time, then played Halo. I kept wondering why my knife didn't appear, and where all my claymores had gone.
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teodortenchev Jan 30, 09
Happens all the time. I'd either forget important plot details or the controls or both.
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Rabla Jan 31, 09
this is like how i went to play Kingdom Hearts 1 again, shortly after beating Kingdom Hearts 2.

Kept wondering why the Right Analog didnt move the camera, and i got pissed off in a boss fight when i couldnt find the Drive menu.
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Inuyasha19 Jan 31, 09
I picked up Super Smash Bros Melee about a month ago after not playing it for a good few months (because Brawl came out and also school had me busy) and I was craptastic.

Sometimes, I take the time to get better at the game again... but other times, I just give up and wait a few months before trying. XD
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Insanity Prevails Feb 1, 09
Most of my games are of the 'easy to remember stuff' variety (that or I play them way too much). I can go back to something like Kirby's Air Ride much later and still remember how to control it.

I do have a few games where this has happened though. I got my butt handed to me in Soul Calibur II because I couldn't remember any of the combos I had been using before.
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Redemption Feb 1, 09
Fighting games are, imo, the ones that fit best into this category. The combination of timing, controls familiarity, and general strategy (especially against human opponents) makes it one of those games that require more than just picking it up again and playing.
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