Unless I’m playing a game out in public, I’m almost always talking to myself while I’m playing. I crack jokes, pretend to talk to the NPCs, and verbally plan out my strategy. I’ll read any non-voiced text out loud, the same way I read any book if I can’t find an audio book for it. There has been many a moment when I stop mid-sentence whenever someone comes downstairs in fear of being judged. Here’s my defense:

I am not a focused person. I’ve gotten distracted a few times while writing this article, and we’re on the second paragraph! Talking out loud helps me to keep track of what I’m doing and to... uh, sorry, I got distracted.

I can imagine how some people might become less immersed in a game by talking, but for me, it only enhances the immersion. Taunting the “bad guys” I’m about to kill or responding to their cheesy lines helps me to feel like I’m a character that’s part of that world.

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A while back, I decided that I’d be good at let’s plays because I seemed to be able to have a good conversation with myself so easily. I created a YouTube channel and called it ThePickyGamer, and naively started a series on Xenoblade Chronicles X with the intention of completing the map 100%. I made around 20 episodes before giving up that hopeless dream. There were long pauses when I couldn’t think of anything to say, and when I did, it sounded stilted and awkward. Once I was putting on a show for somebody else, it stopped being fun.

I’m a very verbal thinker, and that of course carries over to a very interactive medium such as video games. It’s as simple as that.

I can’t be the only one who does this, right? Anyone?