Happy Thursday, everyone!
If you’re reading this post, if you follow this blog, then I assume you’re a gamer. You love video games.
And I’m here to tell you that there is nothing wrong with that.
There’s more to gaming than just sitting on the couch, snacking on potato chips, and staring at the screen all day long.
I mean, let’s be honest. If you were really a gamer you wouldn’t eat potato chips while playing. It would get the controller all greasy.
Anyway… Yes, I’m playing the game as my hobby, for my down time after a long day of work. I want to do something mindless, something fun. But it’s not just about staring at the screen and letting my mind go blank.
When I play a video game, I see a number of things.
Artwork and Graphics
Now that we’re in 2016 and we’re getting updated consoles, the video games coming out have been much more high-tech than they used to be.
Take a look at Uncharted 4 by Naughty Dog and Sony Interactive Entertainment for the Playstation 4. It’s release date was May 10, 2016 so the graphics are pretty high up there on the cool scale. I mean, just look at the cover. It looks like a movie poster!
The main character on the front looks so realistic and the gameplay to follow will only impress you more.
Then there’s The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64 way back in 1998.
The graphics aren’t as good as today’s games, but they’re still great. One, because they worked with what little technology they had at the time, and two, because they’re just old classics.
How many of you start humming along during the opening of your favorite game? How many of you keep your character still in the middle of a scene just to absorb the lovely melody in the background?
Video games create the best music, in my opinion.
Take the Legend of Zelda again for another example. A good portion of the game is about Link learning music on his ocarina or his wind waker or whatever other instruments he tends to carry. They’re short melodies, but easy to remember, and everyone does remember them. The other music in the game is just as catchy and memorable; especially since they remix certain songs and mask it to put in the newer games. They recycle the old fantastic songs and make them new again.
And what about all those Mario games, huh? You can’t tell me that you don’t hum to that music or even mimic his voice.
As a writer, I look for the plot in every single video game.
I’m being biased because The Legend of Zelda is one of my favorite video game franchises, but I think it’s the best example, so I’m going to use this game one more time.
To create such a complex timeline, memorable heroes, and villains, and overall just recreate the same plot, but just in a different light reincarnating your same characters is just… amazing.
When you play Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, each case is connected in some way allowing the player to fit the pieces together and have that “A-ha!” moment when they figure it out. The characters are easy to like and get along with and are perfect for the job of solving those ridiculous crimes.
There’s a lot that goes into video games that I didn’t touch upon, but graphics, music, and the writing are the three that usually get my attention.
It all goes into the “arts” category. Some people don’t believe that be a real “profession.” But if you went into a museum and saw a portrait of Mario hanging up on the wall, would you not consider it art because it was originally in a video game?
If you heard the famous Pokemon song playing on the radio, would you not consider it music because it was in a video game?
If you picked up a novel based on a video game (they’re out there!), would you not consider it literature because it was from a video game?
No. Because while playing video games is a hobby to me, I know that the game I’m playing is a masterpiece to those who created it.
What do you think about this? What are some of your favorite gaming graphics, music, and storylines?