On Why Meaning and Emotion are Just as Important as Function and Mechanics in Video Games (at Least for Them to Evolve)

So as I was trawling tumblr, as I usually do, I came across this article (from Killscreen) and a very interesting response to it . Basically the jist of the article is that Unravel is bad because it “would sacrifice ‘fun’ at the altar of ’emotion’ ” and that it is a “commodification of childhood and emotion as some sort of antidote to ‘popular videogames’”. Now I can kind of see where this article  is coming from, but as Shawn Trautman points out in his response on his blog, the Killscreen article creates a false dichotomy over whether a game should be ‘fun’ or have a message. On top of that Trautman points out that the Killscreen article is quite cynical about its views on emotional or meaningful videogames and how it creates that false binary. Trautman’s response to the article is a good read and you should certainly check it out.

What I want to talk about in this article is how the false dichotomy of fun/mechanics versus meaning/emotion is troubling and bad for the medium and how that its a symptom of a wider issue of the medium that’s holding it back.

Read More »

Advertisements

Why I sold Fallout 4 after only playing it for 5 hours

Now this isn’t really a coherent review of Fallout 4. It’s more of a way for me to figure out why it didn’t click with me. A way for me to really think about what put me off of what people are calling one of the best games of 2015. A way to express why, as the title says, I sold the game after only playing it for 5 hours.

Read More »

REPOST: Kamen Rider Drive Episode 24 Review

(This review originally appeared on http://www.moderngafa.com/ before the change in web providers)

So. This episode. It seemed like it was going to have so much potential. It seemed like Gou’s backstory was going to be revealed and so explaining the reasons behind his deep hatred of Roiimudes and himself. But no. Instead we got a simple bandaid on his obvious problems of self-worth. At least we got some nice comedy this week though!

Check after the jump for more of my disappointment along with the rest of the review!

Read More »

REPOST: Kamen Rider Drive Episode 23 Review

(This review originally appeared on http://www.moderngafa.com/ before the change in web providers)

This week on drive we get an explosive start to a new mystery where mysterious detonations are occurring all around town with no trace of the bomb or the bomber! We also get a small update on Chase’s situation, Type Formula shows off more of its powers and Gou may be in peril?!

Check after the jump for more details and the full review!

Read More »

REPOST: Kamen Rider Drive Episode 22 Review

(This review originally appeared on http://www.moderngafa.com/ before the change in web providers)

Firstly, I would like to apologize for another week of using Type Formula as the header image, but that really encapsulates what has been wrong with this week’s Kamen Rider Drive: namely that Type Formula’s debut takes precedence over other, far more interesting mind you, plot points.

Check after the jump for more on the interesting plot points and why this episode kinda sucks.

Read More »

REPOST: Kamen Rider Drive Episode 21 Review

(This review originally appeared on http://www.moderngafa.com/ before the change in web providers)

 

This week’s Drive continues highlighting the ethical dilemma over the Roiimudes’ morality by giving more focus to everyone’s bad boy Chase! Again Sanjo continues the expert writing on this theme from last week, which in fact could be a well needed experimentation with episode formats. We also get a BRIEF look at Type Formula!

Check after the jump for more details and my full review!

Read More »

REPOST: Kamen Rider Drive Episode 20 Review

(This review originally appeared on http://www.moderngafa.com/ before the change in web providers)

In this week’s Kamen Rider Drive we begin, sort of, a new arc focusing specifically on the humanity and morals of Roiimudes. Sanjo expertly pulls not only this heavy topic, but also while expanding and focusing on Kyu-chan, the often comedic tech expert of the Special Crimes unit. We also get a debut of Medic’s Roiimude form as well!

Check after the jump for my full review!

Read More »