Immersion

April 23, 2012

So for this blog I found this article

It’s about the next level of gaming and the immersive possibilities of the future. It got me thinking about the immersion in games and the attitude towards immersion thanks to this evil thing known as casual gaming. I don’t normally mind casual gaming on its own, but its casual gamers and their attitude towards gaming in general that annoys me.

Casual gamers are of the opinion that all games should be more like mini-games. That any game longer than 5 minutes per session are devil-sent influences and sociability murderers.
The thing that surprised me about this report, though, is that the author, DocSeuss, wrote about a modder who thinks immersion is evil. This is why I tell modders to learn real game development, learn the terminology, and gain a respect for other game genres BEFORE even trying to become a game developper. There’s no guarantee that you’ll be working on a project you necessarily agree with and you won’t jump straight to the lead role in game development. Just a respect, you don’t have to LIKE it.
I really like how the author of the article delves into the definition of immersion, the applications of it, and examples of its uses. He gives some great examples at that and tells how it could be furthered in the future through game development in itself, not little toys and gimmicks. I wholeheartedly agree, although I think little gimmicks are fun personally. 😉

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Oops

April 23, 2012

Ok, so this last week we were supposed to make a blog post about sources…
I couldn’t find any sources for my topic. I tried for a day or so before I gave up. I really wanted to stick to that topic, but now it seems I’ll have to change ^^’

There just aren’t any good sources for what makes someone a gamer. They’re all about the various levels of gamers, which is by no means what I want.
Aww well. So, new topic possibilities…

 

PC Gamers are more mature.
Video games kill sociability.

And inspired by today’s blog topic-
The importance of immersion in games

 

I think I like that last one. I read some interesting things in the article I just read. But that’s a topic for the NEXT blog post. Coming up in a few seconds

Topics

April 12, 2012

Possible topics:

1) What makes someone a gamer?

2) PC gamers are more mature.

3) Video games kill social activity.

TOPIC: What makes someone a gamer?

A ton of people think they’re a professional gamer for playing one game for their entire life, and there are others who know a bunch of different games, but have never beat one and claim the same title. Who has the right? All over the internet, you can easily find arguments and rants about what makes a gamer- from playing platform to game type to difficulty and skill. Many also online fights have to do with ignorance about a popular game or dislike of similar genres.

Personally, I have my own opinion that sits in more of a middle-ground. A ton of “gamers” only play one type of game or have no idea the immersive possibilities of games. If you don’t think games could be an art, or lack the ability to see the appeal to see another person’s interest in certain games despite their own disinterest. To be able to dissect a game within your own knowledge and not stretch beyond that to be an ass and try to look like a know-it-all. Those are just my opinions at this moment, they might change after some research- actually, they probably will.

So, some questions to look into:

1) Variety –vs- hours?

2) Opinions on skill level?

3) Do game ratings matter?

So both articles that we are supposed to read for Composition class are very repetitive.

One of them is 8 myths about video games: debunked. It’s more like two- Video games make people violent and Video Games make people dumb, but reworded and restated multiple times. I have to say that I agree, video games only affect those who let them affect you in such a way- as in parents who allow their child to become violent and use video games as a medium to project their violence through. My little brother, for instance, has always had anger issues since he was a toddler; nothing changed when he first picked up Halo: Combat Evolved. He remained just as violent, the game didn’t make it worse: if anything, it made him a bit better because he relieved his anger in the game. That said, we HAVE had to explain to him multiple things about why he can’t do certain tasks with guns like in the games, but then he could also pick those up from a book or something.

 

The other article has to do with mostly the effects of video games on the brain. It is also very repetitive and boring, but for the most part makes excellent points. Although, I have to add that it is up to the person whether or not they gain any information of use out of a game. If they just unwillingly sift through puzzles in a game they don’t care about, or mindlessly shoot the heads off of zombies without a single focus to improve, then they gain nothing. I know a TON of people like this, and I tend to avoid them because they’re annoying, mindless zombies while they play a game. Yet again: my little brother fits here. He gets nothing from a game, doesn’t want to put any effort into anything. He wants instant gratification and omnipotence in a game, thus uses cheat codes and sucks horribly at online games. *cough*CallOfDuty*cough*