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This isn't a game-related post, but it alludes to a partial explanation of why I haven't been blogging here in the last couple of weeks (though there are other things going on as well). Also, I know some of the bloggers here have gone through some tough times, or know people who have gone though them, so I thought it might be relevant to at least some of you. In that sense, maybe it can be considered a GIO blog, even if it's not games-related.
Everybody is aware of all the so-called "big name" games that are coming out this fall. Gamers across the country and the world are saving their pennies, making harsh decisions on which anxiously-awaited game(s) will have to wait and perhaps be bought at a later date. The war between Battlefield fans and CoD fans will continue unabated.
I just did a post on my personal blog about commenting on blog posts, especially site that moderate comments to avoid controversy (or whatever other reason they offer).
I admit it. I've been defeated. I'm out of gas, patience, and my thumb hurts. Other games are calling my name, wondering why I haven't started playing them instead of bashing my head against the wall until it's a bloody pulp.
We all know the controversy: Now that consoles are increasingly tied to the Internet, thus allowing games to be patched, are we all just glorified beta testers? Are companies able to put out buggy games and rake in the dough from them because they can always put out a patch and fix the game later?
Boss battles in video games have been around seemingly forever, maybe even since the coin-op explosion of the 70s and 80s.
Hi, I'm Dave...and I'm a Pinball-holic.
That's certainly one way to look at why some recent games have tanked, though I'm not sure it's the only reason.
As the giant web of social media continues to grow and grow, and as video game fans continue to cluster online in order to complain about (or sometimes compliment) some of the biggest games out there, gaming companies are learning that they need to have a presence online in order to interact with these people. They need somebody who can go online, listen to the fanbase, and communicate with it.
I'm a big fan of the CSI television show (the Las Vegas one, I stopped watching Miami after it became boring to make fun of it, and never got into New York). So you'd think that the CSI video games would be totally up my alley, right?
For the longest time, I avoided Batman: Arkham Asylum. I heard that it was an awesome game, but I also heard a lot about the fighting in the game. For some reason, that turned me off. I knew it wasn't a "fighting" game like Street Fighter or something like that. But I'm not as good with fighting mechanics in most games as I would like to be, and I don't find them that fun (see games like Bayonetta and Castlevania and the like, which are supposedly great games but just not my cup of tea).
Over the last couple of years, I've read stories about how playing games online has prevented somebody from committing suicide, prevented a potential high school shooting, and stuff like that.