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“It’s pointless” “Turn the volume down” “Do something useful”

It might not be!

These phrases are the most common things I hear from my parents or adults while I game. I usually just turn the volume down if they ask me to do that, but I can’t agree with them when they say it’s pointless.

About 50 MILLION Xbox 360 consoles have been sold worldwide. So, about 1% of humanity owns an Xbox 360. That’s not much, but can you make 1% of the world buy a pointless device which isn’t even cheap? I think not. Are people that stupid that they spend their time and money by playing pointless games on that pointless device? You can’t say “pointless” or “useless” about things you haven’t even tried yourself.

Many people say that games are confusing and therefore they have no point and are useless. Hmm… Let me think. A movie was released last year which was very popular because it was confusing…..What was it? Oh right, INCEPTION. People loved it, it wasn’t even that good in my opinion, but people were going crazy. People went to the cinemas, paid for their tickets and that’s why they had to watch the whole movie from the beginning till the end. The same thing is with some games, you just need to follow the storyline, think about it, watch the ending before you make a conclusion, and at some point you realize – “I really liked it”.

Okay, I keep saying that games are not pointless. Let me tell you my 3 main points why I think games are not pointless:

1) You learn something. Every game tries to tell us a story. Many of them are based on real things and even historical events or persons. Thanks to the Civilization series I knew Otto von Bismarck way before others my aged knew. While playing games you remember things more faster.

2) Different periods of time. You also get to know different customs and how things were in the past. In Mafia 2 they show us a pretty good picture of America in the 1940s and 50s. A lot of games are based on WWI and WWII. Also we get to know the medieval times. Or maybe what will future bring us. Games make it possible to relive these periods.

3) Reflexes, thinking and consequences. The point is, we train our reflexes by playing for example ANY FPS game. Games make us think. There is even a genre for games that need thinking – puzzle games. And don’t think that other games need no thinking. Oh yes they do. You constantly need to think. Many of us think that games show us that killing people or driving your car straight to the wall are okay and by doing so you have to face no consequences. WRONG. You know that your wreck your car and might get seriously injured when you make a car accident. Killing people is wrong and games don’t make us kill other people. If kids really think that it’s okay, then their parents should have a serious chat with them.

So think before you say games are pointless. Try them yourself. Play a game from start to finish. Prejudice sucks and it has no place in gaming world. What would have happened if everybody thought that Red Dead Redemption was just a boring game where you ride horses and shoot people. And believe me, I know some people who thought just like that.

That’s it!

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Primer

I know it’s a movie and it’s been out for years. I watched it last night and thought, why the hell aren’t games like that. I was just left really confused and I’m looking forward to watching this movie again, because this movie just needs it. If you think Inception was confusing then you are really, really f**ked up. Maybe someone can make a decent game out of it, someone who’s not after the money, but after the quality. Here’s a trailer of it. Merry christmas!

What do games need?

What is a game?

“Game – an amusement or pastime” says dictionary.com. So basically a game can be everything. Checking under your bed might be a pastime, so game developers have no boundaries, or do they? Why are most of the top-selling games so similar? “Here’s a gun, take it, kill some enemies, don’t worry if you die, we save your damn game every 5 seconds” is a typical game scenario, the only thing that changes are the visuals. And people buy these games. Most of them aren’t fun at all, quite serious to be honest. It’s understandable, it’s hard to make a fun game. Actually “hard” in most of the games has lost its meaning. They just don’t do anything the hard way anymore. The games have many bugs in them so no hard work done, the games aren’t very hard to complete compared to the older ones, the story is usually really simple and predictable if it exists at all. It seems like they have hit a wall in their imaginations, they don’t have to be so similar. In fact nothing really new hasn’t been introduced in years.

Story

Do games need a good story? In my opinion, if game is made and it’s not a fun family game, it really needs a good story. It needs to get you thinking what happens next, when you’re going to bed at night, you’re dreaming of the game, you have to feel like you are part of the game. I can’t name a fun game that’s fun to play alone, you always need friends or family beside you to enjoy the game fully. I haven’t seen a comedy game for a while, a game that makes you laugh – haven’t really heard of them at all any lately.

Hardcore gaming

Hardcore gamers?

When talking about hardcore gaming, then what really is it? Playing a game day and night, basically doing the same thing over and over? My imagination is – every time you play a game you have to think hard, you have to feel like you’re doing something, it has to feel new every time you play the game. If you say: ” Oh I’m so tired, I can’t play anymore”, it shouldn’t be because you haven’t slept for a while, it should be because your brain is tired of thinking, thinking how to develop, how to make progress.

These are my thoughts on what do games need.

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