The Passion Behind Gaming

Posted by SMG on Wednesday Sep 5, 2012.
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What Creates The Passion?

  What make me passionate about gaming; that is a very interesting statement. Well, I suppose that all this can go back to the day when I was eleven and I got my first console. But this wasn’t like any other console that I had played with; this was mine. I have two older brothers, and it is very easy for them to take precious items from you when you are more or less half their size. Anyway, this console was the Xbox that came with Halo: Combat Evolved. Immediately I was taken back by the stunning graphics, the breathtaking performance of the software running with the hardware, and of course the articulate weaving of the games storyline.


The Hardware

    Those three things were what started me on my current pursuits. I was immediately intrigued by what compilation of metal could make this whole world spring forth from a DVD and bring the human mind into understanding that you were on a ring shaped planet orbiting the outskirts of humanity’s upbringing. Still to this day I find it amazing that we all can accept that worlds are being created by pieces of metal with an electrical charge running through them. Secondly, the graphics of the game; which at that point in time were like looking into a mirror and seeing myself in the reflection. And now, people are not impressed by a game that comes out such as World of Warcraft or even Guild Wars 2. That alone blows me away.


The Storyline


  And lastly, the most important of all was the expansion from the intricate weaving of the storyline within this expanse of aliens attacking humans. Do you think that the average player, who immediately jumps for the multiplayer cares about the storyline? No, of course not. However, I believe that the writers of this story are the people who started me on my life’s journey up to now. I think almost every day about how I could write some fan fiction about every TV show, movie or game that I had played over the past week just because I am constantly thinking about how to further my creative mind. So as you can see, I have three reasons why I am passionate about gaming. I love the graphics, I love the software and hardware cohesiveness, and I love the story that drives it all. However, if I had to choose one? Then I would, without a doubt, choose the story. Think about your favorite game. Now think about your favorite character. Why do you like that character? Is there a connection through thoughts on your enemy? Do you share opinions? Or did you choose that character just because you disagree with their ideas? Perhaps that character is the opposite of yourself and in an effort to let out your alternate self, that piece of rebellion comes out of yourself. These are all very small pieces to a much bigger picture.      



Lets See The Examples

  When you are writing the story, you are practically writing how the player plays the game. For example think about Mass Effect 2. I played this game over again the day before the third game came out. There was a moment where a woman was holding a detonator, and I was given a Renegade option to either allow her to push the button, or for me to shoot her. I pulled the trigger. Not out of a long standing amount of time that was given to me, I just did it out of instinct. This is what I am trying to convey to you, I believe that if you write that moment into a game, the developer then has to find ways to work your jolt of quick decision making into the game.


There are so many moving pieces in creating a video game that a lot of people don’t realize, and personally it makes me almost shed a tear for the people who wrote out these intricate campaigns and storylines for those few gamers who play the single player for just that personal journey. So to those who are looking forward to Halo 4, Black Ops 2, and Assassins Creed III, please play the single player and understand that there is so much more to be played and enjoyed. So in conclusion on this epic speech, I am passionate about gaming through the intricate story’s that are told in each game,. Whether it is the worst story told through the eyes of a street cat, or a story that is told through the intricate eyes of Master Chief, I believe that the tale of the main character is what drives my passion for gaming.




Daily Game: Star Wars: The New Droid Army

Posted by Colton "CAPTAIN PLANET!" Travers on Thursday Aug 4, 2011.
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If you could not tell already, as a kid I was very deeply in love with my Gameboy Advanced. I used to play that thing for hours on end and enjoy every minute of it. Star Wars: The New Droid Army is a game that was gifted to me on my birthday by my best friend at the time. From the day I got it, I played it all the time and beat it on various difficulty settings multiple times. 


The gameplay was fairly fun and the bosses could be challenging at times, but the game really wasn't super hard. It was also fairly short seeing as there are only 11 levels to beat, and there was no unlockable content. Due to these things and the fact that you had to stand still to revive your energy, the game got fairly bad reviews. All that being said I didn't look at reviews when I was a kid, and I loved the game for a very long time. I probably was just obsessed with Star Wars to be totally truthful. (still ammmm)


So if you are looking for a star wars game, you could get this one. I enjoyed it when I was like 10. 

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Daily Game: Mike Tyson’s Punch Out

Posted by Colton "CAPTAIN PLANET!" Travers on Thursday Jul 28, 2011.
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If you haven't played this game, then shame on you. There we go, end of story. 


The gameplay was actually really fun and great for an NES title, it was a definite babysitter for my brother and I when we were growing up. The game is all PVE and all you get to fight are bosses. Every single boss character in the game takes a certain strategy and their own fun personality, and it is fun to play as the green gloved underdog as you try to beat Mike Tyson. To make the game even more cool, the referee is clearly Mario and your trainer is clearly overweight. 


This is one of those games that are required to have been played for your existence to be accounted for. Only spies and cutthroats have failed to play it. 

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Daily Game: Mortal Kombat

Posted by Colton "CAPTAIN PLANET!" Travers on Monday Jul 25, 2011.
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Mortal Kombat  is considered one of the best, and most revolutionary fighters OF ALL TIME!! It was a true gem in the gaming world because at the time of it's creation, there were only Street Fighter and it's clones. The gameplay was considered brutal and it was a game your parents were disgusted to watch (the best kind). This was the origin of one of the largest fighting game series in history, but is as fun to play as any of it's children.


As I am sure you are aware, this game is a side scrolling fighter that is completely PVP and PVC. Most of the characters play very similar and in Scorpion/Sub Zero/Reptile's case look similar. Everyone's moves are essentially the same with few exceptions, that is of course counting out Mortal Kombat's famous fatalities. Fatalities are finishers you can do to a downed opponent to brutally kill them. These are often times funny and very gory (Sub Zero's fatality is ripping out someone's spine by grabbing their skull), and leave you feeling great that you nailed the button combination once you have achieved it. 


Overall the game is just fun. Simple awesome fun. I know that it has definitely been the star of some of my parties. 

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Daily Game: Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hand

Posted by Colton "CAPTAIN PLANET!" Travers on Tuesday Jul 19, 2011.
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Watch out Edward, keep your eyes peeled Jacob, because here come Django: An undead monster hunter and star of Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hand. This game is actually very pretty and well made in spite of being a GBA title. The story is amazing too. 


You start the game in a world that has been almost completely overrun by evil forces and undead minions. There are no people to be found anywhere and the atmosphere is dark and dreary. Upon coming to terms with being essentially the last truly living and breathing being on earth, you meet a sunflower named Master Ortenko. This sunflower bestows upon you a weapon called the Gun Del Sol. This gun shoots concentrated blasts of sunlight among other things, and has the ability to initially stun and eventually kill enemies. To make the gun (and game) even cooler, you charge your gun with a solar sensor on your game card. Yeah, how many other games use a freaking solar sensor? The game has a dungeon or temple system if you will where there is a large area with many floors and a boss at the end. Upon beating the boss you must drag him out of the castle and purify him using the Pile Driver. Don't let go of your defeated boss though, he will run back to the boss room and force you to challenge him again. 


Overall this game is a total win and worth finding and playing. I played this game so much one summer that I ended up having a sunburn on the tip of my nose, my knee caps, and my wrists and thumbs. Totally addicting. 


Daily Game: Megaman Battle Network 5: Team...

Posted by Colton "CAPTAIN PLANET!" Travers on Tuesday Jul 12, 2011.
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Well well well, it is time to look into the life of me as a child. What was I playing? Mega Man OF COURSE! I've always been a huge fan of the blue net warrior. From his side scrolling days to his more recent titles, huge fan. The game I have personally enjoyed the most is definitely Megaman Battle Network 5: Team Colonel. To start things off, Colonel looks extremely intense. Like, he is a huge brutal version of Protoman. He wields a sword which attacks up close, and from a distance (think sonic booms.). When you initially start the game, you are taught how to battle, a crisis happens, and you have to find your first boss (Colonel). When you first find him you are really freaking excited to see the guy because he looks like a total beast, but then you have to fight him. Being your first boss he is fairly easy to beat, you may take approximately 20 damage at the most (noobs Read More…

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