They are very fun environmental puzzle games. They are not very difficult. The only time I had to get help was finding a secret panel within a drawer that was very difficult to see. But most of the puzzles are fun. The story is ridiculous but you don’t play it for narrative.
I haven’t played the South Park game, but so far nothing has come close to Grim Fandango in regards to hilarity, hijinks and … sorry, I ran out of H words to complete my alliteration.
It certainly isn’t their terrible single-payer healthcare system.
I don’t have much issue with U.S. government spy program. What I find more worrisome is the amount of info companies collect from us, how easily hackers can access this data, and how willing many people are about giving out this information. The first thing I say to people who complain about the NSA is do you a facebook account? People get all bent out of shape about phone call metadata but have no problem posting their life story to a company that interfaces with thousands of different partners and marketers. Kids growing up today have their life story online and it wouldn’t be hard to steal their identity. Need answers to security questions, let me just scroll through this person’s facebook timeline. First car model, check, name of your elementary school, check, name of favorite pet, check.
What a cop out. I agree with others that abandoning the discussion and being dismissive of other peoples opinions is very bad form. You poorly defend your argument with very little evidence if any concrete examples that “games foster dismissive attitudes towards sex workers in general” and “an actively hostile environment where violence is normalized.” I’m not saying that examples might exist, I don’t play a lot of these games, but simply listing games that include scenes with naked women doesn’t validate this claim that games promote the systemic mistreatment of women. And then you have the nerve to claim “male gamers can’t/won’t/don’t see why that’s a problem,… but that’s not evidence that this isn’t a serious problem” when you yourself provide very little evidence to support your supposition. You are being dismissive of everyone that does not agree with your argument. It may very well be true, but I haven’t seen it and you have done nothing to prove your argument to me
Okay so the first five paragraphs are devoted to demonstrating that brothels/strip clubs are in a lot games, with some hyperbole thrown in. I agree that strip clubs are probably overused and they way to correct that is to make games geared towards girls or to castrate all young boys and teenagers who play the game.
“These locations can often tie into ongoing violence against the female characters in the game, as people you meet in these strip clubs or brothels have a tendency to either be beaten as a way to prove that a male character is uncaring and brutal, or they turn up as corpses.” This is sometimes true and often times it is not. More often than not these girls are just naked and dancing around and absolutely nothing happens to them.
“This is a shallow way of exploring a very real societal problem. Violence against sex workers is underreported and often unpunished due to the nature of the work and an unwillingness to go to law enforcement. This is made worse when law enforcement is itself part of the abuse. Lawyers have argued that the murder of sex workers is a lesser crime than the murder of “certain classes of individuals.”" To be honest, almost every game is poor at exploring societal problems. Virtually nobody buys a game to explore societal problems in any meaningful way like violence against sex workers, or inequality of the justice system, or wealth separation, or poverty, or famine, or genocide, or religious intolerance, or sexism, or racism. Games are escapism from reality for most people. I read the news or watch documentaries with journalists who have experience and a passion for exploring these topics. I don’t expect game 20-30 y.o. game devs who have experience making and playing games to explore these topics in respectful and meaningful ways. I don’t really think they should.
“Many games even invite the player to participate by purchasing either a physical sex act or lap dance. These scenes may or may not be interactive, but the point is usually to allow the player to sit back, relax, and enjoy the dancing of a nude or nearly nude woman. These moments don’t move the story ahead in any way, or make a larger point of the environment, as they tend to be pure spectacle. Here is a naked woman who won’t speak, can’t say no, and has to do what you want. Enjoy.” Isn’t that why most men go to strip clubs. To sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of the female form. I have gone to strip clubs with friends, mostly when I was in college and nowadays the occasional bachelor party, and yes we look at naked women and relax and try to have a good time. Does that make us evil? We treat the dancers respectfully and we tip them generously. We don’t force them to do anything. This whole paragraph seems to suggest that there is something wrong inherently wrong with that.
“Rarely are the women involved in these scenes seen as three-dimensional characters, however. They exist to show their bodies, excite the players, get beaten to prove that other characters or bad, or just to die so the story can move forward. These women are used as set pieces, objects to keep the narrative flowing. That’s an offensive way to treat a population that is already at such a high risk of violence from their employers, customers and law enforcement.” You could be describing The Sopranos right now, one of the most critically-acclaimed tv series in recent history.
In summary, I agree with you that the strip club is overused in certain genres of games whose target audience is usually teenage boys. But everything else seems like you want games to be something they are not. You want societal problems to be portrayed in meaningful ways in games or not be included in at all. And I think that is just ridiculous. Sometimes games just reflect reality without exploring the deeper societal problems. When I go into a random fast food restaurant in a game, I rarely think to myself is that person behind the counter working 3 jobs earning minimum wage and barely scraping by. I guess my point is I don’t expect my games to teach me about societal problems. I read the news for that.
If I watch the video game version of Inception will it make it better movie? Will it make more sense?
Nope. Just warning others.
Civ IV and V- there’s nothing quite like building up a civilization from huts to ultimately taking over the world.
Grim Fandango- Funniest game I have ever played and the best voice acting and character dialogue.
Just don’t make any criticism tangentially directed at Bananasaurus. He is very sensitive about any criticism, constructive or otherwise, and will jump down your throat.
You make some great points. I like racing sims, flight sims, madden, turn based strategy games (like Civ and Xcom), the occasional shooter (Battlefield series) and adventure game (Naughty Dog). None of these genres really hold up over time because they are mostly upgraded iterations of older games. I’m not big on RPGs and long games like skyrim which might have better story telling. I just don’t have the time anymore. Even the last action game I played, Tomb Raider, I could only play in short bursts and as a result I can’t remember what happened the last time I played. I like games where I can play for 15-30 minutes per day and then forget about it. So perhaps that is why I don’t really get nostalgic about past video games I have played.
I can say the same thing about Jews in media. Jewish men are often portrayed with big noses and nasally high pitched voices, squinty eyes, jew fros, and they are typically nerdy with glasses that are most likely to be a shady lawyer, banker, sports agent, music or movie producer. Jewish woman are always portrayed as overprotective mothers that complain and bitch about everything. Not that I’m complaining. Often times these characters are funny and interesting. What does get me angry is when people think that all jews look and act this way. It pisses me off when people find out I’m a Jew and they say you don’t look Jewish. What is a Jew supposed to look like? I happen to be athletic, I don’t have curly hair and I don’t have a big nose. Should I apologize for not fitting into your stereotypical view of what a Jew should look like?
I might be one of the few people who don’t care at all about character creation. And I absolutely hate when a game doesn’t allow me to just use a default character and get into the action.
I don’t seem to hold games in such high regard as the author. I play a game, enjoy it, and usually never play it again. I have no sentimentality in regards to the games I have played. The only game I have played more than once in Grim Fandango because it has great storytelling and it is hilarious. But I have no desire to collect games and pass them on to my children. Let’s be honest, no kid these days wants to play the old Atari and Vectrex game I played as a kid. My son is too young to play video games right now, but will he really want to play the games I’m playing right now in the next 5-10 years. The game industry is getting bigger and bigger and there is no shortage of great games in the pipeline. I am sure he will want the latest and greatest.
Books are a different story and I agree with the author in passing down books from generation to generation. I think the difference stems from the fact that most games and game developers are terrible at telling stories and they have no lasting value.
Zen FC for me.
I am the opposite. I love mobile gaming. I stopped playing consoles altogether and occasionally play a pc game. My iPad is my main gaming device and there are a lot of high quality games. Mobile gaming is getting better and better.
Not a fan of all the jumping. Reminds me of one time when I played Halo and everyone was jumping real high and shooting in the air. It also gives me a headache watching the camera movement after awhile.
This is my first trading card game. A couple people told me I had to try it. I have been playing nonstop since the beta opened to the public. Surprisingly, I have been having a lot of fun with it. It’s one of those games that follows the cliche, easy to learn but difficult to master. The mechanics of the game are very easy but learning how the different cards can synergize with each other, when to attack, baiting other players, etc. Also the quick games are perfect for me. I don’t have a lot of gaming time anymore. I can’t wait till this comes to the iPad.