Does it Really Matter?

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It’s been a little while since I wrote anything.  I had this question in my head for a long time as it relates to video games and or other media such as Blue Rays and Dvds.

Does the cover art really matter? Is there something significant in looking at cover art?

Should gaming companies pay attention to the art that covers the box of our favorite games?

I think this question differs depending on the person. We all look forward to taking the plastic off of our games and media but the level of importance as it relates to the cover art varies.

There are special editions of media that obtain more content or different art which I can understand, in this instance cover art is important.   On the other hand, its not like you can take the art off of the cover and play that.

I guess looking at the cover is a indication of what you can expect during gameplay? Do you agree with this statement?

This was a short post but I just wanted to ask that simple question.

What are your thoughts on this? Is cover art something to get excited about?

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Milking the Cow,Micro-transactions the death of Gaming?

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Chances are if you in your 20’s you know of a time where games used to ship complete. When you heard a game went gold you knew you had the beginning, middle and end of a story all intact.

If there were any extra characters you usually had to beat the game on various difficulties to unlock them.

I’m not even sure if DLC was a word back then, come to think of it I think it was a curse word. A places of forbidden territory.  If a game required extra content, extra game discs were including at no extra cost.

All this has changed. In a world of what you see if not what you get you have to be careful in which product you choose to invest your time in.

Today games come out unfinished, half storied, with the other half as DLC.  Then the cow went a mooing, cows started showing up in games like COD, Battlefield to name a few.  No literal cows but you get my point.  It’s like the famer’s said, “Lets milk these cows and the cows said moooooooo”.  Squeezing out every possible reason for a transaction.

For example, A wolf skin covering a dog….. Really? How about chapters to a game that should have already been included in the first place but using the excuse that it wouldn’t fit in the game?

I think this will be a trend that will be happening more and more in the future as gaming continues. If you are not a fan of this practice be sure to stay away from games that have it. I mean you can ignore the option all together by not buying any extra content outside of the original purchase of the game itself.

I don’t think that this will end gaming but I feel it will however, make it a common practice to see such options made available.

I guess this can be a positive as well. What are your thoughts? Do you support micro-transactions? Do you think they will be the end of gaming? Will we see it more often?

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Video Games, Life and Theories

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Should video games only be played by those who are responsible?

What do you mean by responsible you ask? I mean those who are able to make the choice between right or wrong and accept responsibility for their actions.

This post is going to be pretty deep. I have had the chance to write on various topics as it relates to video games and there have been a few theories that I have ran across.

*Let me make a disclaimer, I am not trying to be politically correct, I am just stating my opinion and talking about theories that exist. My use of these theories just taps the surface as it relates to people. If your are interested in them please do study further!*

One theory is rooted in Criminology and the other psychological.  Two philosophers come to mind, Bandura and Akers.

First Albert Bandura, with the Social Cognitive Theory, which suggests that learning occurs from society and it’s actions and what is learned through observation. We are also influenced by those who we can relate to.  There is also indirect learning which is not always applied to our behavior. The product of who we are is the product of interaction of interaction between cognitive, behavioral and contextual factors.  We as people are influenced in ways that we aren’t even aware of.

Next, The Social Learning Theory as it relates to crime, by Ronald Akers states, The chances of a person engaging in criminal and deviant behavior is increased and the chances of their conforming to this norm is decreased when they differently associate with others who commit criminal behavior are more exposed in person to criminal/ deviant examples and expect greater reward than punishment for their behavior.

 

So what does this all mean? What does this have to do with video games?

Well, let’s start with the first theory, though both are similar they differ a bit. Social cognitive theory, speaks to learning through observation and being influenced by those who you can relate to. In terms of gaming, this can mean one playing a game and immediately begin to be influenced by the character on the screen. For example, someone is playing Grand Theft Auto they would go around in real life killing (an extreme example) though relevant.  They are influenced by the character and or the environment in the virtual world. This also speaks to the environment and surroundings as well in real life.

The next theory Social Learning theory speaks to the criminal side of things. Perhaps one direct environment. You are a product of your environment and as such are influenced by it. If one is in a high crime environment they can be influenced by this and the chances are high that they will participate and the decision is based on the pros and cons and punishment of a particular crime.

 

How does this relate to gaming? Gaming is a fun hobby to be a part of and sometimes it is blamed or comes up in the most violent crimes. Mass murders occur and it is said that the killer was an avid video game player. Most of the time these people might have mental disorders which all affect reactions and influence and their ability to separate the real from the fake.

This brings me back to my question, should responsible people only be able to play video games? Should people who know how to separate real from fake only be allowed to play?

Is there a method to find out if someone will not copy the actions of a particular video game?

Ok, I’ll answer this. I think by looking at past history as it relates to responses to situations should be the deciding factor. I think that video games are fun and those who play them should have fun but not be influenced by them.  Video games should be played by those who are responsible.

What are your thoughts about video gaming should it only be played by those who are responsible? Do you agree with the theories as it relates to human behavior? How do you feel about video games getting a bad rap in cases of extreme crimes?

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The “C” in Casual

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It’s been said that if one is a Call Of Duty player only or a sports game player only that they make up the community of casual players.  People who put the “C” in casual.

This is the demographic that Nintendo went after with the Wii system.

Its also said that this group of people hardly play any games at all and if they do they don’t play enough.

When the casual group wants to have a say about their experience on a game or system its usually taken with a grain of salt, but the hardcore gamer feels their opinion is of greater worth.

So which category do you fall under? Or do you just play and don’t pay attention to the hours spent? What are your thoughts on labeling ? Should they exist at all?

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Jump off the bandwagon.

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You remember the saying if you have nothing good to say don’t say nothing at all?

Well that is why I have bitten my tongue, until now. Some many people seem to be riding the band wagon of hate and ignorance.

When has the conversation of reslolution ever been important? The fan boy syndrome has taken over. I don’t like writing about speculation or rumors nor do I entertain the thoughts of the bias media.

Its obvious that their seems to be a divide where a line is drawn in the sand and for what purpose I ask?

Xbox One does what the company intended it to do, and the Ps4 does what it’s company intended.

The bandwagon has been going for some time now. Perhaps it is the companies themselves who in their quest for superiority, cause such drama in the world of gaming?  What do you think? Share your thoughts.

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Black men in the video game industry ……………………..

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As promised, here are my thoughts on black men in the video game industry. Of course there are black men in the industry who are involved in developing games. Their are spokes persons, those who do Quality Assurance, also known as game testers and finally those who develop games.  In terms of the industry, there aren’t that many black men in the forefront.

I can name Hip-hop gamer who is video game journalist, as someone that comes to mind as a black male in the industry. Sure, there are plenty of people who are doing their own thing independently, but not for major websites and companies. The fact remains there aren’t many who are main stream that I know of.  I have seen a few, they either have their own special area in which they are only used for a particular thing or they are deep in the background.

It seems that there are more black males that play video games than those who choose to get involved. I know this topic has been talked about before and as time passes I know it will get better.

I want to see people who look like me talking about games, working on games, being in the forefront. I am just speaking on a observation. This is not to knock anyone doing their own work independently or to any other website representing them that I am not aware of. I just would like to see more diversity involved in our favorite pass time.

Certainly video games are played by all types of people but I can’t help but feel that not enough diversity exists. It’s not a black or white thing, but it’s a gaming thing. Everyone should be involved if they choose. I feel that popular sites should definitely take this into consideration when hiring as they want to reach people.

What are you thoughts on this post? Do you feel that race or diversity is a issue in the main stream video game industry? Do you see more of a certain race than another? Be sure to like, comment, share and follow.  Thanks.

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What gaming means to me……………

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What gaming means to me…………

It’s been a little while since I posted anything so this time I wanted to ask a question. What does gaming mean to you?

Gaming for me is more than picking up a controller and starring into a television screen. It means so much more to me. As for myself it allows me to communicate with my friends across the world.  I can escape the realities of life and take on challenges that I can complete at my own pace.

For some gaming could be an escape from the chaos all around them, rather it be their home surroundings or the complexity of a dysfunctional family. Gaming can help you cope and relied stress. To some who take it seriously games could do the opposite and cause frustration.

To those who look at gaming as a nerd cult phenomenon I say, look again, and this time when you look see a hobby that is just as important as reading or writing. See an option for some to avoid crime and get caught up in the negativity, drama or gang related activity around them.  See gaming for what it really is, an interactive experience! An experience that can be shared from generation to generation.

I am proud to say that I am a gamer. What about you? What does gaming mean to you? Did people assume things about you because you were a gamer? Be sure to follow and as always comment!

A Letter to Nintendo

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Dear Nintendo:

As an advent fan of Nintendo, I write.

You were the first name in my head when it came to gaming. Mario was the new kid on the block with an addiction to mushrooms.

You are the originator. You set the trend and foot print for all these other companies to follow.

Nintendo, your video game characters are legendary and have become icons.

For a long time I used to think Link’s name was Zelda but, thanks to the help of others I now know who he is.

Somewhere down the line you lost focus, I think it was after the Wii systems success.  It was a big hit and offered a new way to play.

The thought of naming your next generation console after its predecessor and only adding a U to the name was not a good idea. Assuming that people would jump on board when they are not sure as to what the system is or what it could do was not either.

This has been addressed through advertising which will help in the long run.

Perhaps, if the system had a different name the outcome would have been different.

What strikes a chord with me personally is that your company continues to lack in features that should be standard. Features such as voice chat, video chat with more than one person, voice messaging, and a faster UI.

The Wii u has made strides with things such as MI verse. The Wii u has potential to grow over time but that is only if you will allow it.

A structured online system should have been in place from the start.

Onto the games, the Wii U is overdue its promised games, and you continue to spit them out at snail pace expecting people to hang on. Sure the Nintendo enthusiasts will cling for dear life but what about the rest of us?

I love Nintendo for what it was not what it is currently. I know that the games coming this year will knock our socks off but, the truth is they are long overdue.

I can literally count on my fingers the amount of apologies I have heard. Don’t be sorry, make progress, do better and for once listen to your fan base and maybe the nay Sayers as good criticism will only make you better.

Become the Nintendo we all know your capable of!

Sincerely,

A Nintendo Fan.  

What does your genre choice say about you?

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Game genres are just as specific as movie genres.  We have fighting, RPG, racing, boxing just to name a few.  What does your genre of choice say about you?

I love the fighting genre. Games such as Dead or Alive and the Tekken series, and I often can be found playing such games. What does this say about me if taken literally?

On the surface it says that I am a violent person who loves to fight and challenge other people.  It can be said that I don’t need a reason to fight; in fact I will fight without a cause all simply because of my choice of gaming.

Now your wondering is it really that serious? I suppose not but, I couldn’t help but wonder.

Let’s not even bring the media into this because video games have been blamed for just about everything.

Many shooting games have been named over the years as blame for tragedies that have taken place.

In my opinion shooting games do not dictate violent actions nor should it be said that those who play them are violent.  However, this is the case in such situations when during investigation it is discovered that the person in question may have had played a game or two.

Do you feel that there should be or is a stigma attached to your game genre choice? How do you feel about the scapegoat called video games being blamed or mentioned during tragedies?

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