Friday, May 6, 2016

Gender and Religion in Video Games

For the longest time every media in someway have objectified women and video games are no exception to this rule. Since the real explosion of video games back when it was a new market advertisement choose to market more towards boys so that they could sell more and make enough money back from making the game. For today though the market has gotten better about this now that a more equal amount of gamer's are girls and boys. But that still doesn't excuse the many MMO's and RPG's that still do this even now.

TERA: Female armor and underage characters
TERA’s action combat system makes battles come alive. Instead of mindlessly mashing keys while grinding through massive amount of content, players jockey for position, aim at moving targets, dodge incoming attacks, and time combos carefully to deal massive damage. This game has a big following of fans but the games look is nothing but fancy and beautiful nothing looks ugly even if you want it to be.

Not only is none of the characters ugly but every armor that you can get is way more sexual when equipped on a female character. The last thing that gets a little weirded out is one race known as the Elin which is a race of young girls THERE ARE NO MALES they are just a race of little girls with animal ears and tails which is extremely unsettling to me. Apparently they are supposed to be a descendant of a goddesses daughter but even then that not a good reason for something like this.

Skyrim: Religion and Society
Now don't get me wrong I love Skyrim but it is probably a good game on addressing split religious beliefs as one of the main points of the game is the war between two races, The Stormcloaks who believe that when their great king Talos who fought along side the gods became a god just after his death as The Imperials think that Talos is not a god and should not be worshiped as one of them. Of course either ideals of each of these are messed up in there own way, the Imperials seek to control the land named Skyrim and Stormcloaks who believe that anyone who even closely resemble to an elf is a spy for an enemy faction. The situations at the beginning of the game makes you choose right away who you are more willing to fight for. This quest line in the game can also make you think on how religion has played many parts in war before.

If you want a more in def look at how diversity is in video games I suggest to watch this video by Extra credits  

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Graphics/Aesthetics in the Gaming Trinity

These games are like billboards they look great but the thing they sell are not always the best. These games are more for the experience than game-play usually visual games like these are horror themed as most horror games are just walking simulators. But Until Dawn is what happens when you pair both story and aesthetics to make a great horror game and it is not just a walking simulator, its a running simulator. Katamari Damacy all you have to do is push a ball and grow bigger of course certain challenges are also in the game as well but everyone will say that the best part of this game is the colorful graphics and catchy music. Until Dawn and P.T. are the same when it comes to unraveling a mystery of whats going on and will constantly scare you with impressive almost realistic visuals. As for Oxenfree is also a mystery horror but the game-play and the aesthetics work together as when you tune a radio the visuals of the game shift as you move the tuning needle.

So if anyone knows how to make a video game and wants some help figuring out how to make a great game for all to play just look at the Trinity for help. You can also pin point certain qualities to the Trinity as well so it might help you better understand the game you're playing. I hope that I at least taught someone that video games take on very different forms to fit certain types of people or even gotten someone into one of the games I talked about here.

Story in the Gaming Trinity

Story is usually the meat of a game, its what gets you in the mood to be apart of the world they are showering you with things like Interesting Characters, and a amazing world with its own ethos. These games are far from having the most engaging Game-play or the most pleasing Graphics but the story is what drives you on. The need to have a resolve to all the conflict and to see what happens in the end sometimes even having multiple ending to make you play through them another time. The Last of Us is a great example of this as many people who have played this game always complain how the fighting mechanics in it are slow and not very fine tuned but everybody knows this game for its story and the beautiful graphics it shows. Undertale is lacking in graphics and game-play but it uses different ending and a engaging story to push you to play through the whole thing. These do tend to have a more aesthetic so they are more pleasing to watch also filled with cut scenes to convey the story.

Game Play In the Trinity

So when it comes down to it "What is Game-play" well it is what you are able to do in the game and not only what you can do, but is it fun to do those things. These games don't have to look good, they don't even need to have good story they just need to be fun. Call of Duty has one of the most integrated multiplayer of any game because who buys this game for its story? And of course it is gonna look its best every year that it comes out because we don't care about the story we want to use all the new weapons and perks and go play some team death match or anything other than the campaign. Now Dark Souls isn't the best looking game out there but its challenging and a challenging, fair game is fun, just look at any puzzle game on the mobile market and you'll see people love a challenge. Not only that but Dark Sous story is amazing but you don't even need to know it to play the game. We already talked about Minecraft's success but this game literally has no true story to it "Your in this world get to the end" that's it, that's all you get from this game, but it is very fun and rewarding to play not only that but you can let your imagination run wild with the possibilities in this game. But Borderlands tries to hit all three of points with its okay story and beautiful and fun play style. There are plenty of games out there that don't have good game play then you might think "Well then wouldn't that mean the game isn't fun" and you would be wrong because some games don't need the player to be able to do a thousand things to be fun.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Gaming Trinity

In today's world we have almost reached the peak of what gaming can be but not every video game that comes out today is a "Good Game" because there are certain standards to follow if it wants to get the big sales that we see other games have such as Call of Duty, Assassins Creed, and Gears of War. You would think that a Triple A companies would be making all the best games but that is defiantly not true, Minecraft just started out as a indie game and than turned into a million dollar game with people around the world exploding over this game and then you think "How can these games get so big without coping the other major titles". The Gaming Trinity is what all games can fall into but companies should always shoot for the middle so they can get the biggest audience but even doing that can still make a terrible if this poorly done. What I'm saying is try to base a game off of the 3 and get only 2 right, because
Minecraft only uses one and that's "Game-play".

Monday, March 21, 2016

How Can This Be in a Game!?!

We have all seen plenty of games that make you question the ethics of the some people but right now I am talking about the "other" games. This list will be filled with the most outrageous stuff that video games have done to capture the attention of the media and the rest of us. There is no rules with this list as long as it is a video game. Most games like to keep things calm with being in any little sense of controversial mainly because developers don't want to get sued or have there game taken off. We are going to see the top 5 most shocking and controversial things that have been done by video games

5. Persona 4: Kanji Tatsumi

  Ooooh yes we already on a high note! Now before anyone loses there cool take a listen.The main focus of the game revolves around Personas, avatars projected from one's inner self that resemble mythological figures and represent the facades worn by individuals to face life's hardships. Each Persona possesses its own skills, as well as strengths and weaknesses to certain attributes. Kanji Tatsumi is delinquent who has a reputation as being a bully, and is the center of numerous rumors regarding a confrontation with a local biker gang. When going through you will notice there's something "Different" with Kanji and is soon found out that he is a closet homosexual and the reason he is such a Rebel is because society believes that gay guys are not manly and Kanji hates that. Now for why this is controversial, it was made in 2008 before progressiveness became a big thing in American society.

4. Grand theft auto San Andreas: Hot Coffee

If you cant understand why this is bad let me do a little explaining. Of course this is GTA and is well known that every single version that has came out since its first creation has been in the news but San Andreas takes the cake with some "Hot Coffee." In mid-June 2005, a software patch for the game dubbed the "Hot Coffee mod" was released by Patrick Wildenborg, a 38-year-old modder from the Netherlands. The name "Hot Coffee" refers to the way the released game alludes to the unseen sex scenes. In the unmodified game, the player takes his girlfriend to her front door and she asks him if he would like to come in for "some coffee". He agrees, and the camera stays outside, swaying back and forth a bit, while moaning sounds are heard. After installing this patch, users can enter the main character's girlfriends' houses and engage in a terribly rendered, cringe making, fully clothed or nude sexual intercourse mini-game. The problem that came from the controversy resulted in a public response from high-ranking politicians in the United States and elsewhere and resulted in the game's recall and re-release.

3. Dante's Inferno: Sacrilegious & Bad Nanny
Dante's Inferno is a 2010 action-adventure video game developed by Visceral Games and published by Electronic Arts for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles and was met with the most triggering stuff in a game I've ever seen. So thing about pissing off Christians is just something you cant to do in media. Prior to Dante's Inferno's release, in June 2009, a protest began during E3 2009 in Los Angeles to oppose the game. Around 20 protesters, claiming to be from a church in Ventura County, held up signs that called the game sacrilegious and labeled it possibly insensitive to people's beliefs. Protesters even went as far as calling EA the anti-christ. But that's not the only thing that happened in October 2009, it was announced that the game would include a PlayStation 3 trophy and an Xbox 360 achievement entitled "Bad Nanny", which is awarded to players for killing monsters resembling children, supposedly the lost souls of unbaptized infants. This sparked a conflict with the International Nanny Association (INA), in which they encouraged supporters to oppose the game.

2.Conker's Bad Fur Day: Looks like a Children's game

Now I'm not saying I didn't play this game still as a kid even though how graphic it was "but I did." Conker's Bad Fur Day is an action-platform game where the player controls Conker the Squirrel through a series of three-dimensional levels. The game features an overworld where players can transition from one level to another, although many are initially blocked off until Conker earns a certain amount of cash. It's not often that a videogame matures from a cute, cuddly 3D platformer to a final product in which the hero frequently gets drunk and urinates on enemies when he's not being cussed out by them or rolling around in feces.

1. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2: No Russian

Now I can say I've never took too much of a liking to Call of Duty but I did play this and as soon as I got on this mission I knew a storm was brewing in the media. An optional level early in the game entitled "No Russian" has the player assume control of a deep-cover CIA agent and former Army Ranger named Joseph Allen, joining a group of Russian ultra nationalist terrorists enacting an airport massacre. The Salt Lake Tribune editor Vince Horiuchi called Modern Warfare 2 the most controversial video game of the year, citing the "No Russian" scene. He commented that the imagery and interactivity was too much for people right after the 2009 Fort Hood shooting.