Question Your Faith? Question Your Game As Worthy Time Pursuit?

Everyone, or at least most people are at times concerned with the validity of their leisure pursuits, are they worthy of their time, are they classic pursuits, or are they at least ground breaking ones? Are they art? Are they provocative?

Apparently the gaming world has always had this very big debate, as to whether or not games should be considered art, should be given the faithful following and respect, as opposed to other opinions that they are meagre time sink holes and money wasters.

I was reading recently in GameInformer one writers opinion about this debate, and he argued that there is no point in our gaming community trying to convince, the others out there, be it if they be un-credible others, or lowly others, or anyone who is not already a gaming fan, of gaming’s validity, or value, or virtue, in the art world, or any other academia-superior type category.

I was very intrigued with this article, and wondered how everyone was feeling about this topic? I guess this article was provoked because a renowned critic commented on the little value in games, and hence the re-opening of the day old can of worms. sitting on the out for lunch, fishing supply counter.

I think it is interesting personally. And I am considering the various definitions of art out there, and one that sticks in my mind is one that a dear friend shared with me, that art is both a creation and reflection of our society/culture/world what have you and that in addition art requires an audience. This definition, which is not my own, so I take no credit in its obvious wonderful-ness, is so great I think. It speaks to what art really is, like Shakespeare for example and his artfully poetic words, and creation of etiquettes in some ways, a reflection and creation of those worlds. I think gaming or games under this categorical definition would win out.

Take Grand Theft Auto, a famous gaming franchise, known by gamers and non gamers alike, I daresay. It created the idea that violent, sex ridden, curse word ridden, tough guy, realistic depiction in general society was tolerated, and ok, and even close to what most people may know, or be comfortable with, and likewise, this creation is reflected in our hyper casualness with sex, swearing, stealing (eh hem music, or anything minor that millions of people everyday steal in our cultures) and wanting to be tough and strong, and wear fancy clothes as if that defines the person all the better.  And does this game by any chance have an audience? Ask the hundreds of thousand of people who have purchased the games, ask the million people who have heard and discussed the game.

Something this is making me think of actually is also the idea of protest, against art. Think of DeVinci, or the famous artist who did this

This is the artist by the way:

This was hugely controversial. Think of anything worth its weight in this world, is it not questioned, accepted, questioned, fought, rejected, and never quite settled on?

Well what about all the hoop-law around Grand Theft Auto? The secret apparently sex scenes hidden in the game, the language etc, the violence? People thought it was crude, unacceptable, and not proper for society, especially for children, who apparently only require the image of something to become gun shooting sex maniacs!

Anyways, I have to run to supper, but I think this is something to be always talked about and rallied for.

Have a good night all!

Jacklyn.

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Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

 

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion   

The Best Game I have EVER PLAYED!!!!!!! SERIOUSLY  

Collectors Oblivion Elder Scrolls Edition

Elder Scrolls Map 

 

 

 

This game which came out in PS3 format in 2007, has been a part of a series for many years. It was developed and published both by Bethesda Softworks, and scores today on Metacritic a high and very deserving 93%, is a game that every role-playing fan, or curious person, should definitely play. Literally go buy it today, now, I don’t know why you are still reading this and not buying and playing this game and becoming a totally different person and living in Cyrodil? Ok, maybe I need to calm down a bit, but I don’t think so, I don’t think I am even excited enough about telling anyone who doesn’t already know about this game, about this game. If interested it is on sale at any EB GAMES for $17.99 used, a huge huge huge bargain, for what will be days upon weeks, upon months of play time, upon years of replay time.  

In this game you can be any race from: human, elf, a tiger like character, and many other various races. You can become a mage, a fighter, a thief through joining a guild. You get to choose which star sign you are born under. What you look like right down to the height of your cheek bones. You get to eventually pick and wear endless items of clothing. Basically it is very user-friendly in terms of creating an AI version of you in this world of Oblivion.  

This is a sandbox, role-playing game. Basically a huge game, where you can go anywhere, do pretty much anything, explore everywhere, water, caves, ruins, castles, towns, houses, huts, jails, churches, anything. And do so in a fantasy world, with fantasy characters surrounding you. There is an underlying main mission that you can tackle immediately or delay indefinitely. Basically this is a huge game where you can do endless amounts of things, and really be taken away into its fun.  

I have never actually finished this game, I kind of think a big part of me wants to delay it, however you don’t need to do this, there are add ons, like Shivering Isles to expand this already enormous game. I have played this game many times already in under a year, as different people, seeking different goals, trying to meet various things, and in every experience, save for the opening story introduction, the experience is vastly different.  

I have fought trolls, goblins, rats, crabs, ghosts, winged skeleton creatures, demon’s wicked creatures, frozen snow fiends, vampires, ghosts, necromancers, and guards. I have broken into houses, castles and caves, found magical rings (neat if you are a Lord OF The Rings Fan), endless amounts of gold, and amazing enchanted weaponry. I have read many neat books they have in the game, given to really add to your game, and help your character evolve and play a much wiser strategic game.  

Speaking of these books I really do not know how in the heck they took all of this time to create them, there are really interesting stories, funny commentaries, intricate histories and many town guide books.  

I have discovered this amazing, amazing Oblivion Website, it is the un-official website for all oblivion fans to visit, and in it they have a massive list of all the books to be found within the game, I had no idea there was this many, it makes me want to go and find every one.  

Here is the site:  

http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Category:Oblivion-Books  

Here is also the official oblivion Ubisoft UK website which is equally good:  

http://oblivion.uk.ubi.com/home.php  

This game is so much fun, and I feel like you just need to go and play it, and write in about your experiences. I would love to hear about them. My favorite parts had to be robbing people, there was something in not getting caught by the many guards, and cracking tougher and tougher locks, and discovering the various contents inside, sometimes well worth the effort, sometimes grain was all that was hidden.  

The other neat thing about this game, is you get to sleep, you get to wait, each saving your game, you get to work on your many many skills, including parlaying, with those around you, fighting, making spells, so many others, all to level up, I have read about how people have counted that it takes exactly ten skills achieved to go to the next level, basically I was playing hard and not counting, and leveling up as I could. And once you level up you get to choose the attributes of your character you want raised, be it intelligence, wit etc.  

The game is endless, the options are endless, the map that comes within the game that I showcased above, looks exactly like that and is huge, I seriously wanted to hang mine up on the wall, but my partner said that was a bit too nerdy, I still want to though! The map is also within the game itself and new areas pop up as you discover them in the game, there are caves to discover, towns, sub towns, schools, churches, ruins, magical spots, like in one game that I played, I actually went inside a painting and played inside a paint world to rescue a towns-person. It was awesome!  

Here are some videos I got from the net to showcase how amazing this game is:  

  

This one above has no sound but really shows the detail and beautifully intricate graphics.  

Here is another gameplay video:  

  

This one also promotes the totally inspired score in the game, the musical score that is. (that was a corny set up by me) but its true. The music befits a journey in a magical land completely.  

   

This next video shows how nicely the people voices and facial movements are displayed and also showcases a mission activity to do.  

  

   

Finally I will end with the official game trailer for you all to enjoy:  

  

I give this game 100 big smiles, 5 sleepy faces, and three wow why do I have to go to work sad-dies.  

Also did I mention this game won game of the year?  

   

YES IT DID!!  

Some Gaming Jargon

  Into the Words and Language Of Gaming Basics

Hi Everyone,

I was thinking what it was like when I read my first gaming article, or what it is still like now for me when I read some reviews, or even some game manuals and trying to decipher some gaming lingo. It is the same I think for some new gamers, or even friends, family, etc to gamers when speaking of games and the gaming ins and outs.

Its amazing but true most people dont know what FPS stands for.

 

So I thought I would attempt, attempt being the operative word to recognize some major need to know words, phrases etc and help those just starting out, and I invite people to please add to this list as I am sure it will fall short of the line.

(Note*** The pictures I chose to use below to help describe the definitions I got from looking up “the best” in that category)

  • FPS= First Person Shooter meaning you are the person shooting and you on your couch playing are seeing you do the shootingHalo 3
  • RPG=Role Playing Game you are playing a role or character in a game, usually a fantasy type environmentFinal Fantasy VIIOblivion Elder Scrolls
  • JRPG=Japenese Role Playing Game same as above however created in Japan and usually with a visual style very different from westernized RPG’sChrono TriggerPersona
  • Linear=Straight format of mission given, complete mission, move on, or upward to next levelUncharted Drakes FortuneTomb Raider Underworld
  • Sandbox=Generally an open world format with lots to do, lots to explore, no one particular path, many varying paths, with sometimes underlying linear mission to eventually complete
    Grand Theft Auto IV

    Red Dead Redemption

  • Platform=Game played on platforms with two-three perspective view, playing along a line defeating and reaching goals to finish that platform and move on
  • Super Mario BrothersLittle Big Planet
  • Boss Battles=at the end of most levels games usually have a major enemy who is very strong, or big, or a good fighter fight your character, and to move on you must defeat it, either showing all of your greatly improved skills obtained from playing that level or by grinding the buttons
  • Grinding=pushing buttons on your controller, keyboard, etc, hard and fast to keep up with the prompts given to you on screen, or to make awesome battle sequences to defeat a boss enemy, this term can also mean doing something over and over again in a game to achieve something
  • MMO=mass multiplayer online, which means you are playing a game that can be played connected to the internet online, which will allow many other people playing online to connect to you and your game, thereby providing mass amount of people playing the same game across the world at the same time
  • System= what you are playing your game on, i.e PC, PS, XBox, DS, PSP, Phone etc
  • AI= artificial intelligence, meaning game is programmed with AI to play against you, be your enemy, be your friend, etc
  • ESRB=entertainment software gaming board, this is usually on a games cover, or in the top of an article, stating who is allowed or recommended to play this game
  • Handle=your alias, characters name, how people can find you if they want to connect, what shows up if you are playing as your name
  • Level=you are playing in a level, you do certain things to go to the next level, which can be same or different environment, harder tasks etc. challenges usually get more difficult and tasks and goals more complicated
  • Save Point= the point in the game that you reach where the game automatically saves your status thus far for you, so that if your character dies you will come back to life from that point
  • Respawn=your character dies and comes back to life, or respawns

Those are the only ones I could think of, I also found this wonderful website which has a ton more, and I am sure there are plenty more websites out there with great and useful definitions, the website I checked out was:

http://www.computerhope.com/

It is pretty great, I do recommend it.

Have a great night!

Jacklyn.

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Prince Of Persia

Prince Of Persia Developed By Ubisoft Montreal Scoring 85% At MetaCritic Was the second game I ever played.Gliding Fighting Fun And Mayhem

I found this game to be a simple introduction into fantasy gameplay. Where one is in another universe/time playing as a human/human like being in beautifully gothic/fantasy inspired outfits.

This game looking back seems really simple gameplay to me. Once you become accustomed to the mechanics of wall sliding and jumping, you are pretty much set, the fighting and challenges are along the same lines. The boss fights at the end of the missions require some SERIOUS button smashing (really hurt my thumb here, and was completely nervous in trying to finish to nurse my thumb!) and are somewhat exciting.

Still although the mechanics, or button mastering of the game can by the end become simple and much less challenging the game in itself can also be very entertaining.

It definitely provides for a great introduction into wall sliding, body maneuvering to climb or meet high goals, as well as quick time events. All key in most games out there, especially the trend I am seeing now with Assassins Creed and other similar games that must trust in the button pushing patterns to make crazy unimaginable jumps and slides across tremendous lengths and heights.

This game offers linear gameplay allowing the gamer to achieve systematic goals, which some seasoned gamers or even new-bee gamers wanting more sandbox (open world) gameplay may find offensive. However that being said there is opportunity to collect light/jewel/globular thingy-ma-jiggy’s (that is a technical term by the way) that make a difference in your overall power/life line. And collecting these things is in a setting that allows you to practice your climbing jumping, and is not linear at all.

The linear path of the game however also allows for new gamers, like myself to feel that they have achieved something, and concentrate more on practicing their gameplay then worrying about if they are getting way off mission focus, or not doing what they should be doing.

This game offers beautiful colours, an interesting story premise, a cheesy romantic twist, a magical side-kick, and great introductions for the wall gliding/long jumping theme of the times in gaming.

I recommend it for young folks, and folks just exploring gaming. It gave me numerous hours of gameplay when I was first starting out (those boss battles really were tough, could not smash my buttons hard enough!) Also considering the new Prince OF Persia The Forgotten Sands Is Out now (scoring a meagre 75% on Metacritic, which considered by some are high, I do anyway, but still I am shocked that it did not do better, however I have no ground to stand on with my shock and awe, as I have not played this game yet) this title can be found at a relatively fair price.

 Let’s see hmm, at EB Games it is being sold as used for $19.99. And I am sure at some of the little Game Stores in Toronto or Bigger cities elsewhere you could find a used copy for $10 and under.

Here is the Games Trailer, thanks to YOUTUBE, I love YOUTUBE by the way. Enjoy!

I give this game one amazingly pretty turban up, and one smiley wall glide.

Ratchet & Clank Tools OF Destruction

This Was The First Full Game I Ever Completed And Loved EVERY Weapon Creating Minute Of IT!

Ratchet & Clank Future Tools Of Destruction
Weapons to Gel-ify anything that wants to fight you!

If you have not yet played this game, play it!

 I know the new sequel Ratchet & Clank A Crack In Time Is Out and doing well according to MetaCritic it is worthy of an 87%. However this first installment of the series scored even higher with an 89%.

This game developed by Insomniac Games is well worth the purchase, and as of now it should be pretty affordable, according to EB games you can buy this for a meagre $24.99, and I am telling you the 15-20 hours you will get out of gaming from this is well worth the dollars.
First off it’s a finish-able game, especially for new-bees like I was at the time. It makes a great introduction into gaming for anyone.
If you want:
  • fun
  • to  learn  how things work in the gaming world with: upgrading, boss fights, and loot 
  • to complete your first game this is the game for you.

This game offers all of that to new gamers and more. There is hilarious scripts, beautiful visuals, and so many creative weapon creations that you want to use all of them before the game is over. No other game that I have experienced thus far has as many interesting weapons. It reminds me of a willy wonka of weaponry.

 
My favourite weapons that I could not get enough of, or the ones that really helped me during my first exposure to boss battles (the ending big matches against tougher enemies) or in situations with many enemies were:
  • The Gelatinator: Fire this gun and little green jello like guys will jump out of its green gel and beat up and destroy whomever/whatever is after you, the more you fire the more green men got your back.
  • The Predator Launcher: Awesome Awesome. This gun targets enemies sensitive areas and blows them up, you shoot it, it sets itself up against anyone trying to mess with you and attacks.
  • The Nano Swarmers: First off this one just sounds dangerous. You shoot this against any electric looking or attacking enemy and it will swarm them and short their circuits so to speak.
  • Finally a weapon; that a friend of mine absolutely loved, was the Tornado Launcher: Shoot this and you can control a small tornado and direct it to pick up and throw or dismember any of your enemies attacking you. I could not control mine well enough and so used it little (again I was a new time gamer here) but my friend loved it and used it for many large battle scenes.

 The other great thing about this game is the bolts. Anything you blow up or destroy spits out a ton of tiny bolts, and bolts in these worlds are like cash, cold hard metal bolt cash.

And the best thing about these bolts especially for new gamers who may be intimidated, or not sure of where to start collecting to level up, the bolts fly to you! Especially as you continue through the game. Now you can totally also go around picking up more bolts and some loot, and breaking boxes to get whats inside.

I recommend this game because it isn’t super long, there is a bit of exploring, and looting, a lot of fighting, and amazingly fun and creative weaponry.

Here is the Official PS3 Trailer Provided by Google Videos, it highlights some of the action, the colourful cinematics, and definitely the scripted humour, it also shows the Pirate Robots dancing due to being shot with the Groovatron Gun, which makes enemies dance while you escape or attack.

Enjoy.

I give it two big smiles, One kiss, and a belly button lint shooter up!

Press Start

Welcome/Introduction to new Gaming Blog, for all gamers, new=bees, old=bees, and everyone in between, by a new and very dedicated gamer, who is well informed, and self deprecating in a funny way.

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Press Start

Hi everyone,

This is a blog I am starting for all gamers out there.

I know there are plenty of gaming communities, and plenty of sites, groups, elites and otherwise out there. I am hoping this will be something in between. A place for knowledgeable and well versed gamers to unite and share their knowledge, experience, tips, and critiques, as well as the newbies to feel comfortable to come out and say something too.

I will be posting, slowly worked through reviews, and basic experiences or feedback from my own gaming, which is recently newly developed, however thoroughly developed. Just started gaming last September, however have begun to collect as many games as my hands can get, (initially low cost point, now hoping for low cost point and searching for Metacritic reccomendations, and gamer choice picks).

I am devoted to reading monthly issues of GamePro, PlayStation Official Magazine, GameINFORMER, and MetaCritic reviews, as well as surfing online and seeing whats new, and whats being said about PLAYSTATION3 gaming.

I hope to be able to bring a new position to the gaming language out there. Though inexperienced, and new, I think I might bring some interesting points, and hopefully some laughs to new and old gamers out there.

I will start serious posting tomorrow, and hope to start a conversation with the gaming world out there.

For now

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Thanks!

Jacklyn.

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