What I look for in videogames


What draws me to video games is similar to what draws me to “Anime and Manga” and “Graphic novels and Comic books“. All three are good entertainment mediums but different in the limitation of each medium. Video games are the most interactive of the three and that’s why I love them. Unlike non video games you get to inhabit to some degree a character or series of characters. You feel more directly a part of the universe created by game designers. There is also a sense of accomplishment that is attached to playing and beating a game.

There’s a potential for greater challenge in video games that leads to a feeling of greater accomplishment. Video games is an art form that can combine the story of a good book, the cinematic of a well directed movie with interactivity only found in video games. Off course not all video games are this sophisticated and that’s a good thing. The variety in the level of sophistication in video games is also part of the appeal. Like all entertain there are different genre’s and content and your never short on something new. However, like most industry’s there does tend to be “copy cat”games and the inevitable sequel or ten or twenty but I usually don’t mind this.

Story

Story can be rather complicate (Metal Gear Solid Franchise) or simple (Super Mario Bros. Franchise). The good thing about video games is that a good game doesn’t necessarily require a good story to be good in and of itself. Games can tickle your funny bone, invoke emotion, create realistic characters that you love or hate. There are  worlds so realistic that they amaze (Grand theft Auto 5). Even the fantasy worlds feel realistic (Mass Effect Franchise). Overall, the stories featured in video games can be as complex as any other medium.

Graphics

Graphics are an important aspect to video games. Bad graphic’s can ruin the experience in a game by reminds you that your playing one. However, some people seem to confuse what makes good graphics. It seem to be that “good” has become synonymous with “realistic” (for some people). Anything that’s not realistic can be looked down upon. Personally, I don’t care if the game has realistic style as long as it plays well and is fun. Do get me wrong I love a beautiful game but there needs to be more.

Game play and fun

The most important part of video games is the game play and fun factor. Game play varies from game to game and genre to genre. Some gamers may have a personal choice in which type of game play or genre’s they enjoy the most (like FPS). I have played many of the of the genres but only like (and are good) at some of them. Fun is subjective to the individual. A game I may enjoy may not be fun for someone else. To be honest I can’t really pinpoint what exactly makes a good game fun for me. But, I do know story, graphics, characters and game play are significant factors.

Gaming Experience

Consoles

Fourth Generation

  • Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)

  • Sega Genesis

Fifth Generation

  • Playstation
  • N64

Sixth Generation

  • Dreamcast
  • Playstation 2
  • Gamecube
  • XBox

Seventh Generation

  • Xbox 360
  • Playstation 3
  • Wii

Eighth Generation

  • Wii U
  • Plan on getting (PS4)
  • Plan on getting (Xbox One)

Favorite Video Game Franchises

  • Super Mario  (Most)
  • Pokemon (All)
  • Grand Theft Auto (3-4)
  • Call of Duty (All)
  • Final Fantasy (7-13)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Mario Kart
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Resident Evil (1-6)
  • Assassin Creed (1-3)
  • Halo (1-4)
  • Metal Gear Solid (1-4)
  • Gears of War
  • Almost any Tennis game
  • Uncharted
  • Metriod
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • DMC
  • Star Fox
  • Mass Effect
  • Bioshock
  • Naruto
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