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.




Step 1: Admit You Have A Problem

Posted by Justin Landis, Product Manager on Thursday Oct 27, 2011.
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My name is Justin, and I’m a mobile gamer.


“Hi Justin,” they all chime in unison. 


“I started playing mobile games casually – a little Angry Birds to get a little gaming fix in a life busy with work, kids, etc.  That morphed into spending time on the app store actively looking for something new.  Before I knew it, I was showing up 30 minutes early to meetings to ensure that I’d have some time to play while I wait, and even locking myself in the bathroom several times a day just to level up on EA High Caliber Hunting.”


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Posted in the categories: Behind the Scenes, gamerDNA Life, Gaming Gear


Breaking: Arrested Development Coming back!

Posted by admin on Sunday Oct 2, 2011.
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In what is sure to send gamers everywhere into an excitement induced coma, "Arrested Development" creator Mitch Hurwitz announced today that the show will be coming back to television! AD was cancelled 5 years ago by Fox (who has a long history of poor decisions in cancelling shows).


Many of the actors have gone onto other projects, but the loyal fan base has kept pushing and asking. Hurwitz has said that the show will do a season which will show us what the characters have been up to since the show last aired which will lead up to the upcoming movie.


Source: [New York Times] [USA Today]

Posted in the categories: gamerDNA Life, News


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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Catherine Helped Me Accept Cheaters (Guest...

Posted by Christian "Wolfkill-Shepard" Spring on Monday Sep 26, 2011.
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     Roxas-UrBoxas (a user of gDNA ) shared his story about how the game Catherine helped him to understand the women who had cheated on him as well as learn to accept them. The story was originally posted to How Games Saved My Life, a site where people share their testimonies of how games positively affected their lives. Later Roxas-UrBoxas posted his testimony on Catherine's gDNA page, this caught the eye of a few of us at the office and made me eager to share it with the rest of you.


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Web Chat Bar

Posted by Justin Landis, Product Manager on Friday Sep 23, 2011.
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Greetings Helixes,


We are very excited to announce that web chat is now live on! The chat allows you to connect with anyone in your guild/clan or just others who have the same gaming interests as you! We have some very cool plans to take the basic chat setup that you see now, and expand it with better features and platforms.


Using chat is totally optional, and you can sign out by clicking on the buddy list, click status, then "Offline". We'll remember your choice and won't sign you in to it.


We had been working to get chat fully operational and were right on the verge of a public release when we found a pretty severe bug. We decided to fix the bug rather than sending out a half broken chat. Once a week, the gDNA team spends an extra long evening crowded around our conference table, eating greasy pizza, and try to identify issues that you have and fix them. Last night was one such night, and we worked through the final major bugs. Now when you visit you can chat directly with your followers, clan members, and gDNA staff!


Please let us know how you like this new feature and post any bugs in the support forum.



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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. 

Posted in the categories: Daily Game, gamerDNA Life


Mortal Kombat v. Street Fighter…Which...

Posted by Colton "CAPTAIN PLANET!" Travers on Thursday Aug 4, 2011.
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Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat are the epitome of the side view fighter, and have both been cherished games throughout the years by many devoted fans. I recently purchased Mortal Kombat 9 and enjoyed it quite a sum (with the exception of Shao Kahn). There is a pretty cool story mode and of course multiplayer fights are fantastic…I thought it was as good as I could get. 


Then I checked out it's metacritic score which was 84/100 and read some reviews that it received and realized that the game was only "okay" to critics on most levels. WHAT JUST OKAY?? I thought the game was fantastic. If this game isn't the best fighter what in the wide world of sports is?? Read More…

Posted in the categories: Capcom, Fun Stuff, gamerDNA Life, News, Opinion