When I first thought of real time strategy I couldn’t understand why people would want to play them. I had seen my friends play some RTS games but to me they always looked really boring. I guess that I have always been more of an action and adventure type of gamer so games that took a lot of thinking weren’t in my realm of vision.
Looking into exactly what these games are gave me some insight as to what makes them so popular. They give the player the ability to do things and control things that they wouldn’t normally get to control. In that sense RTS games aren’t that much different than any other video game. However they are different in the things that they let the player control. Rather than Marcus Phoenix or Link from Zelda you control the building of things or the organization of certain things.
I went ahead and took my research a little bit further and bought the game Anno 2070 on a whim. Ive only played through the first couple of missions so my opinion on the game may be skewed. My first impression of the game were good and I actually found myself really liking the game. I liked the ability to do things any way you want to and make your civilization your own way. I also really liked the fact that you actually have to think to do really well in the game. Sure you could go and do things without thinking but the real fun of the game is to learn how to do things well and in better ways.
Overall I was misguided with my original thoughts of RTS games and really once I actually tried to play one of the games they actually make for a fun time if you just take the time to sit down and learn how to play them.