Today I logged into NBA Live Mobile, a per my daily routine, and right away I was greeted with an advertisement for new 95 OVR (For those unfamiliar, OVR is the skill level of the player, ranging from 50 to … Continue reading Seriously EA?
There seems to be a trend among some women, where they try to distance themselves as much as possible from other women in order to be seen as different or unique. These women tend to put down other women by saying things like, “I’m not like other women, I do this.” For example, some women pride themselves on the fact that they’re just “one of the boys” and do not engage in stereotypically feminine activities. This attitude is rooted in internalized misogyny. One of the ways in which this manifests itself is when women who identify as gamers use their … Continue reading How Some Women Use the Title of Gamers to Put Down Other Women
Everyone has different identities, and these identities in turn affect the material reality of one’s life; these phenomena influence how a certain game may or may not be an escape from someone’s reality. One of the class readings that touches … Continue reading Returning to Questions of Escapism, Identity, and Bias in Computer Systems
I recently read the articles “Do Gamers Make Better Drone Operators than Pilots?” and “Drone Pilots Say Their Job is Not like a Video Game”. I don’t think that the articles are necessarily disagreeing with each other, but I think that some of the people interviewed in the articles would disagree with each other on certain opinions. “Do Gamers Make Better Drone Operators than Pilots?” states that some research has shown that some aspects of a video game psychology helps with drone piloting due to the lack of emotions that video gamers experience when playing games. While the player may … Continue reading Is Drone Operation like a Video Game?
“Are video games art?” is a common question, and one we have discussed in class, but I want to draw attention to a detail we may have missed. By asking “Are video games art?” we are implying that there is … Continue reading “Are video games art?”
After reading the article about headshots, I realized how much it was ingrained in the games I have played in the past. Like in Halo 1-4 there is a satisfying *clink* that you will hear when you get a headshot … Continue reading Headshot Culture?
How complicated should a game be? Many argue that the best games are simple and elegant. Others will say a game’s value is directly related to the amount of mechanics and features it has. Personally, I enjoy games more on … Continue reading Hearts of Iron 3: The Fun of Complex Games