The one where my gaming journey continues

“They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” – Edgar Allan Poe

Last week I said that I was off to embrace my gamer side, and man did I keep my word. Gaming has unquestionably been my primary focus this week – for better and for worse. Slowly I have started noticing how gaming is changing me. Besides the without a doubt negative one, which is that it takes up a lot of time, they all seem to be quite beneficial changes.

First and foremost I am more awake and alert. The time that I would usually spend mindlessly watching a TV show or YouTube video I still use in front of a screen, but I am now a participant. I think a way to explain it is that gaming doesn´t put my brain in pause mode. It keeps me engaged, and I become more productive after having played for a while.

One thing that struck a chord with me during one of the lectures this week was the discussion of escapism, and how we use different media to get away from our everyday life. No matter what you use as your form of escape – we all need it. Somewhat everything that you do not because you have to, but because you want to, is a form of escapism; reading, watching a movie, playing a game, etc. There can be a debate on which of these that is the more useful and healthy way of escaping. When it all comes down to it having a non-harmful approach of leaving this world for a while is necessary in these current times. Gaming doesn´t deserve a worse reputation than the others. As it turned out during the Peer Game Showcase of the game “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice” video games can be a great way of learning about other people, in a way that wouldn´t be possible otherwise.

I’ve started to realize what genre of games I prefer and what I look for in a game. The most important part is the story. I think the main reason for that is that I have never been the most prominent gamer, but I have always been a big reader. Personally, there has to be a connection with the characters, and I need to be able to make up my ideas about the story and what has and will happen. I guess you can say that most of the time I am drawn to adventure- and process-oriented games where the aesthetic is the dominant factor.

That pretty much sums up where my brain has been this week. Slowly getting back into the DDA game. Here is the one I did this week.

Emma

 

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Introduction to gaming

This week we started talking about gaming, which will be the more interesting part of the class for me this semester. The first day we went through some common gaming phrases like “fps”, “mmorpg etc. Because I’ve spent lots of time gaming and grew up around it with three bigger brothers I knew most of them. At the end of the lecture on Tuesday there was one of our classmates who talked about game development and testing which were really interesting to me because I’ve never knew anyone who worked with that kind of stuff before. That’s why it was cool to learn about how it works and how long it actually takes to create a game from start to beta and then finish it up. Something that also was interesting was listening to how many people that were actually a part of the team and that was working on them, even though these were games that I’ve never heard about. I can only imagine how many people the bigger game companies consists of. Excited for next week already to find out what topics and games Mia/our classmates are going to be talking about.