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In an effort to help you, my fellow GIOer’s, avoid those uncomfortable moments of saying something wrong when you thought you were right, I thought I would share a few of these misconceptions, and help direct you to the path of truth on this subject.
I am no fan of New Year’s resolutions; I feel that anyone who succeeds with one would have succeeded at their goal any other time of the year. Any resolution we make and truly intend to keep does not need to be made at the start of a calendar year. However, this year I feel inclined to make one and to share it with everyone else in hopes you will feel inspired to join in my cause.
Many fear upcoming changes in the world in the year 2012. The Mayan calendar, apparently, has predicted cataclysmic changes will occur on December 21st, exactly one year from today. I will not pretend to be an expert on the subject, unless you consider a person reading about it on Wikipedia as an “expert”. Many of the other supposed “experts” have declared that this time will be a time when a spiritual change occurs, others a new age of man, while others declare it to be the end of the world. Upon reading the items presented to me, I have made my own prediction of the cataclysmic event that will change the world: the introduction of the Nintendo Wii U.
To accomplish this goal, we have assembled a multi-faceted plan to help you.
Moments of Sadness or HelplessnessIn some games, the designers do their best to invoke feelings of sadness or helplessness to immerse us further in the game. Here are a few examples:When my favorite “glycerin-based” character was lost, I was sad. Not because his awful haircut, but mostly because of the music playing at the same time:I Stand Alone
Why, you ask, don’t I play games on the PC? Well, let me explain:
If you have read any of my other blogs (there really aren’t that many), you may notice I am a proponent of stories in video games. Whether it is a first person shooter, a role-playing game, a platformer, or action-adventure; I want to see a story I can get into and characters I can enjoy (this is probably why I rarely play sports or simulation games). And my favorite part of a story is the plot twist.
Join me for a look back at some of my favorite and least favorite "Holy crap!" moments in video games.
*For purposes of this discussion, I will discuss only games taking place in our existing world and time. Any game taking place on another world or in the future can claim their place or time changes the rules of our world and is void from all analysis from here on.*
As I sat in my father’s recliner, digesting my buffalo turkey sandwich, I could not help but reflect on the past year and all that has happened, both good and bad. I wanted to use some of these thoughts to write my next blog, but I just could not get a thought out of my head. During this pondering my thoughts became drawn towards a gaming buddy of ours who had passed away this year. No matter how hard I tried, I could not focus on any other topic.
The following piece is inspired by the opening sequence of Skyrim, which shows what I believe to be the misunderstood end of Lokir “the thief”. It is something of a twisted comical tragedy. The concept was inspired by the webisodes of The Walking Dead, which chronicles the human lives of some of the zombies in the show. I wanted to look at how Lokir, who came from the farming village of Rorikstead, could ever be called a thief and what madness drove him to that life.
The other day, a coworker of mine divulged how he got his gamer score so high. I was shocked to learn it was because he was pirating his video games. His justification was that games like Modern Warfare 3 make $450 million in a single night, why should he add to their coffers. I took a moment to consider the comment and we have discussed the concept a bit since then, but I feel this is a lesson we all need to learn as we complain about paying $60 for a video game while a movie only costs $15. So, as a trained accountant, allow me to explain where it all goes, and what happens.
Games seem so expensive nowadays and the costs so cryptic. In this blog, I will attempt to decypher the real cost of a video game.