Winter break is over and it´s time to come back to school and blog posts again! In this week’s lecture the subject was about video games. We are going to learn about Video Games, something that I don´t know much about so this will be exciting. I wouldn’t say I’m a gamer, but I have been playing games as The Sims since I was a little girl, and games on my phone. So, I’m looking forward to learn more about this subject.
What Is a Game?
It´s hard to define what a game is, but I found a definition from Salen & Zimmerman (Rules of Play) that I think defines what a game is quite well; A game is a system in which players engage in artificial conflict, defined by rules, that results in a quantifiable outcome.
When we talk about games there are different theories that communicate with each other that will help us understand what a game includes, I will go into some of them. Johan Huizinga´s ´´The magic circle´´ is one of the theories; The space in which the normal rules and reality of the world are suspended and replaced by the artificial reality of a game world. But, isn’t there a more fluid relationship between virtual worlds and the real world? Another theory is that games are tied to the culture from which they emerge, and they reflect that culture (Marshall McCluhan, Media Theory). There are many other theories, but I feel like these explains well.
3 Dimensions of Games:
- Mechanics: Rules and basic code of a game; the information that goes into constructing the world of the game, the coding and the algorithms.
- Dynamics: The way the game plays based on the mechanics, the functions and the end experience.
- Aesthetics: The elements combined that attracts us so the game, our feelings such as fantasy, sensation, expression etc.
I thought I could talk quickly about the differences between the one of a kind pac-man one of the first game and fortnite which is a popular game at the moment.
Pac-Man was a popular game and is considered a classic game and became a symbol of the 1980s popular culture. In the game you control a yellow circle with a mouth and eyes. It moves around in a maze and eats dots and prizes as it comes across them, while four ghosts try to catch it. Pac-Man became the bestselling game, and it´s still a game people play!
Fortnite is a battle royal game, which means that it´s all against everyone until the last man stands alive. You land on a path optionally on a map, and you can choose different skins depend on who you want to be. The game is basically that you must be the last one alive, and you do this by shooting the other players. You look for weapons and health kits etc. while playing to help you survive until the end.
As you may know Pac-Man was made in the 1980s and Fortnite made I 2017. There are BIG differences in how the games are made, graphics, sound, experience etc. and of course between 2D and 3D. Before the games had a heart beat as sound, and the graphic was pixels, now it´s so developed that it feels like real life! Not just the sound but the image as well. The gaming industry has come a long way!
This blog post turned out to be longer than I expected but I still hope you enjoy it! Have a nice weekend. And see mu k