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.




In Defense of Pandora…er Pandarea

Posted by admin on Wednesday Oct 26, 2011.
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I’m gonna warn you: that this blog post will contain terribly crafted (yet clever) puns. If you hate these, please read on.


At Blizzcon, Blizzard announced their latest WoW expansion: World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. Nearly everyone in the WoW community was surprised by the decision to pursue this direction with the Lore, causing pandemonium in trade chat realms everywhere!


The Pandaren Empire started as an April Fool’s day joke in Warcraft III in 2002 with Blizzard creating an entire lore storyline complete with artwork and lore surrounding the Empire, “Blizzard is pleased to announce the latest addition to the Warcraft universe: the mighty Pandaren Empire. The pandaren, driven from their tranquil lands by the marauding centaurs, fight ceaselessly to find a new homeland amongst the warring civilizations of southern Kalimdor.”

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This Week in Gaming: 9/25-10/1

Posted by Teemo, Site Engineer on Saturday Oct 1, 2011.
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Game Platform Release
Review AVG/Metascore
FIFA Soccer 12 Wii 9/26 CVG ★★★☆☆ (67)
FIFA Soccer 12 360, PS3, PC 9/27 1UP ★★★☆☆ (67)
X-Men: Destiny 360, PS3, Wii 9/27 Destructoid ★★★☆☆ (52)
Child of Eden PS3 9/27 GameSpot ★★★★☆ (79)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 360, PS3 9/27 Game Informer ★★★★☆ (79)
Driver: San Francisco PC 9/27 IGN ★★★★☆ (82)
Resident Evil Code: Veronica X HD PSN, XBLA 9/27 OXM ★★★☆☆ (67)
The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection PS3 9/27 Guardian ★★★★★ (91)
Splinter Cell Classic Trilogy HD PS3 9/27 GameSpot ★★★☆☆ (68)
Rochard PSN 9/27 IGN ★★★★☆ (81)
Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland PS3 9/27 RPGFan ★★★★☆ (76)

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The Glory Days Are Not Over

Posted by R52 on Tuesday Sep 27, 2011.
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Epic Games

A long, long time ago, when cartridges ruled the earth, there was a fabled game genre that had the attention of the industry. It was always popular, and always big news for gamers. It was a genre where all you saw on your screen was blood, gore, and guts. You were too busy trying to keep up with the action to wonder what the plot line was, and if you did stop and think about it, you had to censor yourself because that darn space squid ate you. This legendary genre is the action game. But is this genre dead? I pondered this while battling the Locust Horde and i realized, thanks to one "epic" studio, it isn't.



Epic Studios has redefined gaming. Their ability to make a game a theatrical, immersive experience has struck a chord with the gaming community. But most of all, they have done what I thought was impossible – brought back the classic action games of blood and bullets as well as crafting Gears of War 3amazing stories that really give the characters life. These stories make the characters into more than just generic, giant, awesome-looking protagonists with big guns. Don't get me wrong, they still are giant living embodiments of awesomeness with big guns, just much, much better. And with the Gears of War franchise and Bulletstorm already out with rave reviews, I think we can expect even more amazing things from Epic Games, because they are what they're named for.

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