Video games are primarily a visual medium—it’s right there in the word itself. But of course they’re more than that, too. There’s the interactivity, of course, and the sound design can really improve or drag down a game…and then there’s reading.
Let’s talk about puzzles: What is it about puzzles that make them so interesting to us? Maybe it’s the process of uncovering an answer which we know is hiding right beneath the surface. There’s an answer, it’s just waiting for us do to do the right things before it can reveal itself.
The Intro: Video games might truly be the future of narrative storytelling. Until virtual reality becomes sufficiently advanced to the point where we can live inside the universe of our favorite films, games are our best bet.
My Rant: Oh, the sweet, sweet fps (frames per second). Most people will probably give you looks of scorn when you talk about how 30 frames per second just aren’t enough. Some of them might call you a snob or an elitist.
I recently finished two games that I had been looking forward to for some time: a quirky little mobile game (originally on PC in 1997) about game developers called Game Dev Story and the culmination of the Desmond trilogy, Assassin’s Creed III.
The Intro: Two characters stand on a barren wasteland. An intense staredown. Gradually, the screen and the ground begins to shake. Debris starts to float up into the air as the two characters charge up their attacks. They growl and grunt and shout.
The Intro: The executives at Sony have probably been breathing easier the past couple of weeks, because with Bloodborne, they finally have their first true system-seller for the PS4. This is the must-have game that The Order: 1886 failed so spectacularly to be.
I’m a pretty big Final Fantasy fan. I came into the series with VII and have played everything since besides the MMOs and the two sequels to the lackluster XIII. I’ve had conversations with friends about what the Final Fantasy musical RPG that never was would have looked like (I would totally play that—good or bad, it would be hilarious).
Say what you will about a brilliant narrative and fantastic visuals. When it comes to pure fun, the co-operative shooter genre stands above most. Think about the best gaming stories you have with your friends.
I’m not the kind of player who longs for “the good old days” when games seemed to hate you and want you to die. My attempt to replay Paperboy and recapture the glory of my NES days was short-lived as I realized how needlessly, unrewardingly cruel that game is—I just didn’t know any better as a kid.