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  • Fun: Sit Down, Shut Up, and Start Playing

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                    The topic of games as art has caused a lot of argument among hardcore gamers, and it’s not hard to see why. Video games aren’t exactly viewed by the average person with the same amount of respect as a film or book, so it’s natural for us gamers to defend our love of gaming. Look, if someone said your favorite movie sucks, there’s a large chance you’d try to prove them wrong. So, when someone like, say, Roger Ebert, says video games are not an art form, of course there’s going to be a bunch of angry gamers who say he’s wrong. All hardcore gamers, myself included, hope that games will one day be regarded by the average person as equals to films and books.
                    Here’s the real question on everyone’s mind: Are games art? I personally don’t have an answer of yes or no, but I’m fine with that. I play games to have fun, and whether or not they’re art doesn’t matter to me one bit. And it shouldn’t matter to you either. When you sit down to play a game, you shouldn’t rate it based on whether or not it can be viewed as art. You should rate it based on how much fun you had playing it.
                   Don’t get me wrong, I love games that make me think in ways I hadn’t before. What I’m saying here is that you shouldn’t judge games based on there artistic values. Let me explain with an example. Back in 2007, I played Bioshock, my favorite game of all-time, for the first time. For a while, I was convinced games are an art form. A few months later, I played Super Mario Galaxy. Based purely on how much fun I had playing through the game, it was far a better game. But would I call it art? Would I consider it to be an artistic masterpiece equal to films like Citizen Kane or books like Moby Dick? Hell no! Super Mario Galaxy is one of the greatest games of all-time, but it is by no means a piece of art. After I finished that game, I stopped caring about games as art.
                    Let me back up a little bit, though. When I say Bioshock is my favorite game of all-time, I’m not saying it’s the greatest game I’ve ever played. In my mind, the greatest game I’ve had the pleasure of playing through would have to be Bioshock, but that game falls second to Bioshock as my favorite game of all time. Yes, Bioshock is definitely a fun game, but what I love about the game is the way it made me rethink life. Do we really have control over our actions, or are we slaves to a greater power? I’ll get into Bioshock’s importance to me another time, but to put it simply, Bioshock is my favorite game of all-time because it stuck with me like no other game I’ve played. Whether or not its art is up for debate, but that simple fact is what makes it special to me.
                    Now below I’m gonna give you two lists, each of ten games, and each with no specific order. One is the list of the greatest games I’ve ever played (that’s the first one), and the other is a list of my favorite games (the second one).

    Super Metroid
    The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
    Super Mario World
    The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
    Street Fighter II
    StarCraft
    Metroid Prime
    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
    Chrono Trigger
    X-COM: UFO Defense

    Bioshock
    Half-Life 2
    Super Metroid
    Kingdom Hearts
    The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
    Final Fantasy VI
    X-COM: UFO Defense
    Super Mario World
    The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
    Chrono Trigger

                    Do you see the difference between the two lists? The first one is made up of games that I had the most fun playing, and the second is compiled of the games that stuck with me, whether it be for the gameplay or their story. Are all of them art? If someone ever asked me this question, I would probably reply by saying, pardon the language, “Who really gives a f***?”. The point is, when you evaluate a game, don’t judge it by how artistic it is, but instead by how much fun you had playing. That’s what makes the greatest game of all time to me. Again, Bioshock is my favorite game of all-time, but it is far from the greatest game of all-time.
                    I’m sorry if this sounds like ranting, because I really don’t mean it to be. All I’m trying to say is, cut the crap. Video games are what they are, and whether that means they’re art or not shouldn’t matter to you. So stop arguing. Would you really enjoy crushing the opponent in Bad Company 2’s Conquest mode, or finally nabbing that difficult Power Star in Super Mario Galaxy any more if games were universally considered an art form? I know it wouldn’t make a difference to me. Yeah, I know I’m just some random gamer expressing my personal opinion to about two people (if I’m lucky), but please: listen.

    Thanks all. I’ll leave you guys with this photo mix of upcoming games. Thanks again, and see you next time.

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    The topic of games as art has caused a lot of argument among hardcore gamers, and it’s not hard to see why. Video games aren’t exactly viewed by the average person with the same amount of respect as a film or book, so it’s natural for... More
  • Gaming's Greatest #1: Metal Gear Solid and Super Metroid

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    Metal Gear Solid

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    Metal Gear Solid 1998 was undoubtedly one of the greatest years in gaming. It saw the release of landmark games that have shaped the industry into what it is today. Think about it. Link made the jump into 3-D with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time... More
  • Top Ten PlayStation 2 Games

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                The PlayStation 2 was arguably the best console of the last generation, and it's hard to say otherwise when looking at the quantity and quality of the platform's game catalog. But which one is the best? More

    The PlayStation 2 was arguably the best console of the last generation, and it's hard to say otherwise when looking at the quantity and quality of the platform's game catalog. But which one is the best? Before I begin with my second countdown... More
  • Most Anticipated Games of 2010

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    Anticipation can be a funny thing. In some cases, it can bring to light excellent games that everyone will want to try. Other times, it builds expectations that can be impossible to meet, resulting in a disappointment. Ultimately, anticipation should be something that gets you excited for a game, and the titles below have got me more excited for this year than any other. Hope you like it, and share any games you think I missed.

    20. Red Steel 2- Many people, myself included, felt burned by the first Red Steel. And why wouldn’t they? The game was being called a revolution in the first-person shooter genre, but ended up with a control-scheme more frustrating than trying to eat soup with a fork. Now that games like Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and The Conduit have proven it possible, Red Steel 2 is trying to top those games by using the Wii-Motion Plus accessory. Throw in an awesome cell-shaded art-style, and you’ve got a hit. Maybe I didn’t learn my lesson last time, or maybe Ubisoft learned theirs.

    19. Red Dead Redemption- I like the western genre. It has birthed some of the greatest films and books ever made. So, why hasn’t there been a proper western game? The best one I’ve played is Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood, and even that was only decent. Hopefully, Rockstar’s new game will change this. Built on the same engine that power Grand Theft Auto IV, this open-world, western epic is ready to blow our minds when it releases next year. If you’ve been waiting to ride through the Wild West, here’s your chance.

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    Anticipation can be a funny thing. In some cases, it can bring to light excellent games that everyone will want to try. Other times, it builds expectations that can be impossible to meet, resulting in a disappointment. Ultimately, anticipation should... More
  • Defining Our Own Genre

        A few days ago, on gametrailers.com, they began posting their Game of the Year videos. In the video for Best Action Adventure, they briefly talked about video games moving closer to the point when there will be only one genre made of various parts. While I don’t necessarily agree with this, it got me thinking.

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    A few days ago, on gametrailers.com, they began posting their Game of the Year videos. In the video for Best Action Adventure, they briefly talked about video games moving closer to the point when there will be only one genre made of various parts. While... More