Headshots: The Video Game Experience and Reality

One conceptual structure introduced in the Phillips article is the idea of a head shot. Concerning the head shot, Phillips makes a distinction between head shots in reality and head shots in video games in two areas: associated feelings, and the experience. Concerning associated feelings, head shots in history and literature are seen as symbols of anxiety and brutality while head shots in video games are seen as symbols of skill and accomplishment. Concerning experience, Phillips notes that head shots in video games cannot possibly reflect the real experience of shooting a gun. Phillips points out occurrences such as breathing … Continue reading Headshots: The Video Game Experience and Reality

Skill and Enjoyment in Video Games

Anyone who plays competitive MMOs should be familiar with some of the more toxic aspects of online gaming. Where there’s a game with player vs player competition there will be some way to rank the skill of a player, and where there’s some way to rank the skill of a player there will inevitably be players who let it go to their heads. When those kinds of players lose and become frustrated they are prone to lashing out, and often times begin to report players they feel are playing poorly. The most common retort I see when a player like … Continue reading Skill and Enjoyment in Video Games

You actually don’t have time for that mobile game

Today I experienced a most peculiar phenomenon. I woke up this morning and told myself, “I have the whole day to myself. I’ll get a lot of work done.” After eating breakfast I went to my desk, got out my math homework, and got to business. I wrote my name on the paper. At that point I told myself, “Well I got started. I guess I can take a small break now.” I opened up the chess app on my phone and played just 3 games, each twenty minutes. After that I closed the app and was ready to get … Continue reading You actually don’t have time for that mobile game

Video games with friends: Not always fun

When you think about a night of playing video games with friends, you expect a carefree and entertaining evening. Playing games with friends can be a truly great experience. Not only are many games more fun when played with others, but you can have a good bonding experience too. However, some gatherings are not so harmonious. I found that out trying to play Super Smash Brothers 4 with my friends today. The four of us gathered in our usual meeting place hyped for a session of SSB, but as we played a few matches problems began to manifest. It all … Continue reading Video games with friends: Not always fun