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.