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.




Not just for kids!

Posted by R52 on Thursday Sep 29, 2011.
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This blog post is dedicated to all DS gamers over age 12.


On my way home the other day I was taking some heat for my gaming choices. I will come out and say it right now. I am a DS gamer.  There, I feel better saying it. I enjoy handheld classics like Pokemon, Legend of Zelda, and other quality DS games. But just because there are a few kid games for the DS does not make it solely a kids' game system! With this marvelous piece of Black, Blue, White or Pink hardware, I can do so many things.  If I want a good sci fi game series, Shin Megami Tensai is a blast.  If I want a good role playing game, Pokemon is there.  And before you laugh, check out the customization of move-sets and the full-featured multiplayer capabilities on the DS for the latest entries in the Pokemon series.  Sometimes, I want a more violent game. In those cases, I whip out GTA Chinatown wars – a great example of the franchise. And if I want to go old school, Zelda's Spirit Tracks is my first choice.

Picture of Black DS


So now, DS gamers, I say we rise up and put down this stereotype of DS's being kids-only systems, now and forever!  DS gamers unite!!

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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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The New Female Shepard

Posted by Christian "Wolfkill-Shepard" Spring on Tuesday Aug 30, 2011.
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     Not long ago Bioware started a facebook contest to see which of the 6 lovely candidates would make it as the new default female Shepard. in the fist round the blonde adaptation of Shepard won by a considerable amount of votes, but in this reveal VIDEO hosted by Jennifer Hale (FemSheps voice actress) round two the redheaded Shepard won with a landslide victory, trumping all of the other contenders.


     This Shepard will be featured on the cover of the collectors edition box art as well as be included as the new default character model in Mass Effect 3. I'm glad to see fans share my opinion that this new Shepard is undoubtedly badass and thanks to their votes, I know who I am going to be playing as in Mass Effect 3.

-Christian "G+" Spring

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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


Video game content….isn’t it...

Posted by Colton "CAPTAIN PLANET!" Travers on Tuesday Aug 2, 2011.
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We all have heard a story about how violence in video games is destroying our youth and corrupting the minds of people turning them into mindless violent war mongers with a thirst for human blood and a stomach for homosapian sweetbreads (we're on to you Umbrella Co.), but does that really happen? The obvious answer is no….duh, but some people seem to believe that this is true. I enjoy keeping up on current events, and that has caused me to see some pretty stupid "news."  Read More…

Posted in the categories: News, Opinion


MXP/PXP life…Howzit?

Posted by Colton "CAPTAIN PLANET!" Travers on Wednesday Jul 27, 2011.
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Random guy, “hey Colton, how do you like working at playxpert? I bet working on computers all day is boring as all heck!” Me, “well now random guy, it’s time I taught you a lesson in awesomeness.” Working at playxpert/metaxpert is literally the best job I have ever had, and I wish that I could have worked here sooner. To get an idea at the sheer supreme fun that is here, let me tell you about my average day.


First, I drive into town to go to my job and get to park at the beach that is maybe a block away, I then walk across a bridge that spans across a river that is parallel with our lake. Basically I have a beautiful walk on my way in. If I look behind me there is construction work going on for the new bypass, however it is not ugly and actually looks like a structure being built in Minecraft (seriously, there are lots of blocks made of dirt with grass on top). At this point I am about to walk into a very pretty looking building. Read More…

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Remix re re re remix

Posted by Colton "CAPTAIN PLANET!" Travers on Monday Jul 25, 2011.
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James Bond: Golden Eye, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Halo, Star Fox 64, Cave Story, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, Super Mario 64, Perfect Dark, Pokemon Silver or Gold…what do all of these titles have in common? They have all been, or are being re-made into titles for current gen consoles. A lot of the time these remakes are just a polished re-cut gem. They were once priceless to you, but over time they grew less and less and eventually you just stopped playing them despite how much enjoyment they bring you. It's the job of the people who re-create games to spit shine it up, add some more content, and feed the nostalgic dragon lurking inside your dungeon of a heart. Now this actually isn't a bad thing, I personally love picking up old games and playing them (look at my daily game posts), it's just fun. Plain and simple. 


Now, since we have established my love for old games, and sat down and had a touching moment of remembrance together as our favorite games passed before our eyes in a string of fuzzy yet familiar memories and left us with a warm tingling happiness in our chest, let's think about some games that SHOULD be re-made.

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