Video Games: Beyond the Controversy

Recently I’ve been pretty frustrated at the media using games as a publicity stunt, and usually in a controversial sense. As with my previous post about GTAIV, it’s like they’re just blaming games just for the convenience of it and it’s getting out of hand. There’s actually more to video games than violence, like these examples.

1. Beautiful Imagery – Over the years, video games have been evolving to be more interactive, and the most obvious change is with it’s graphics. With the current generation of games, the graphics have been advanced to the point that you get totally immersed in the setting. In Oblivion for example, sometimes I just put down the controller and just sit back and enjoy the view.

2. Storytelling – Other than providing lots of enjoyment, games have really well done stories too. They’re great as storytelling devices and unlike movies, you really get immersed on the setting because of the interactivity. Some games recognized for their great storytelling are the Final Fantasy series, and Dreamfall: The Longest Journey. Here’s an interesting article on the future of video games and interactive storytelling.

3. Music – I’m a big fan of video game music. Since the 8-bit era, video game music has been evolving as well but one thing remained the same, they’re very memorable and nostalgic. Today, video game music has been getting mainstream attention with concerts like PLAY! and tours of video game music composers and I think it deserves more attention from the media. Listen to this moving medley of tracks from the games Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross performed by the PLAY symphony:

As you can see, games have more to offer than what most people are getting worked up for. I’m aware that there are games with violent content out there but as I’ve said before, I believe it’s the parents’ responsibility to guide their children on what’s wrong and what’s right.

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3 Responses to “Video Games: Beyond the Controversy”

  1. Video Games: Beyond the Controversy – Max Pwnage…

    Recently I ’ve been pretty frustrated at the media sensationalizing crimes by linking them to video games. It seems like they’re just blaming games just for the convenience of it. Instead of focusing on the negative aspects of gaming, they should a…

  2. Josh Schlintner Says:

    damn right, i’m glad people like you are getting the word out, its great not just for us gamers, but everyone. keep it up, and if you wants some more ideas for great elements of storytelling, music and the like, you should look into and mention the metal gear solid series.

    congrats on you mission for making games and their players understood,
    i salute you.

  3. Hey,

    I just came across your blog and thoroughly enjoyed reading it! Check out my blog, http://www.aestheticsofthenerdy.wordpress.com!!! I blog about the beauty and artful nature of all things nerdy!

    -juggler5

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