If all media are somewhat autobiographical, then all games express something about the society the designer lives in.
The moment this becomes interesting, is when games dare to ask some of the hardest questions imaginable.
Continue reading “Heavy subjects, and video games”
Game designers are always bending their minds out of shape, trying to master player motivation. How do you make people play your game for tens – if not hundreds – of hours?
Maybe, the solution is simply to let the player design their own experience, with their own reward system.
Continue reading “Let the player be the master of their own Reward System”
Ms. Invader is a fashion-esque magazine featuring loads of gamery goodness.
This includes the blogs from this very website, ranging from January to May 2017!
With smashing topics such as Nostalgia is Ruining Video Games! and Is Authenticity a Lie?, this is the one make-believe gaming-magazine you do not want to miss!
- A very angry manifesto!
- Creepy pictures of half-humans, half-animated characters.
- A 4 page visual essay demeaning your consumerism.
- And a few very pretty photos (I promise).
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The word authenticity, has become so integrated into the language of our everyday lives, that there is a preconceived understanding of the word, despite the concept itself being abstract and without a clear-cut definition.
A rock band can be authentic. So can an expensive wine from a specific region. And so can the jeans we wear or the yogurt we eat for breakfast. These things are all wildly different in nature, and yet they all claim to be the same exact thing: Authentic.
Continue reading “Essay: Can Independent Games be Authentic?”
We declare war on the wastage of time.
We declare war on the game studios indulging the idea that more, is more.
We are repulsed by the production of mindless content undermining the intelligence of players.
We declare war on side quests and collectibles. On level-caps and unachievable achievements.
Our time, as players, is not a simple commodity to be squandered and spoiled.
We did not come here to be dragged through a mindless limbo of exp grinding, just to make you feel entitled to the 40£ you took from us in exchange for the glorified walking simulator you call a game.
We don’t want your DLC. We don’t want your custom skins. We don’t want your sequels.
We came here to play.
We represent a new generation grounding in respect and integrity to the player.
The games we make, contain nothing but a game.
We will tell stories. We will weep. We will tear our souls from the imprisonment of nostalgia.
Tomorrow, we begin building a new utopia in the midst of the burning ruins of soulless sequels and remakes.
We came here to play.
But now, instead, we build.
Danchev, Alex (2011) 100 artists’ Manifestos: From the Futurists to the Stuckists. Penguin Classics. London, England.
Video games have come an immense way since the birth of the industry. The technology used to create the original Spacewar! in the early 1960s seems to be of a completely different world from the current AAA games with their hyper-realistic graphics and incredible virtual worlds. But despite the technological advancements, the modern gamer still tend to keep their distance from new titles, in order to look back on a time of games past.
Is this nostalgia a tendency obstructing the development of the medium?
Continue reading “Is Nostalgia a Danger to Video Games?”
Recent studies has been talking of how people will turn to video games in order to avoid boring routines and everyday lives (Molesworth, 2009).
Is this escapism a byproduct of people desperately attempting to escape what postmodernists call the spectacle?
Continue reading “Video Games versus the Spectacle”