***This post was conceptualized during the summer of 2012. Although I made a post everyday, it never made it around to making this. So today, on my little “creation day” im finally going to get this out of draft limbo***
Over the summer I realized that my gaming experience had become more social than ever. More and more I abandoned my haven off single player games to play games with my friends. Great examples would be left 4 dead 2 and League of Legends. For the entire summer I never played alone. We explored these new worlds together.
It was not limited to that either, when friends came over we played games split screen using controllers. It brought back memories from my youth where my brother and I continuously played n64 and ps2 all day.
However the term social gaming has taken for the worst in the form of Facebook games. Big companies farming the public with in game purchases. Notifications and updates. Ugh.
Although solo games offered an arguably more immersive experience if continually choose “social games” over them. I suppose it had something with the wanting to fit in with them, or it was fun to do just about anything with them.
Mobile gaming also had a resurgence this year where I live, in the form of the games Candy Crush and Puzzle and Dragons. Everyone. I mean everyone played it. It was a fad, but while it lasted everyone had some common ground, something to talk about and share.
Thank you for reading my unorganized thoughts on how games have evolved into my social experiences.
I’ve been thinking about media and how it is more than just entertainment. There are things that we can actively learn or take away from media that we can use in life.
Books are a perfect example. Never have a read a book and walked away stupider or without learning something. At the very least it has given my mind something to think and about and he inspired by. Books can be thought provoking. They are the only media that you can go at your own pace. Stop. Came back to. Or never return at all.
Music also has great potential as a source of inspiration. Lyrics that speak to you and help you get through the day. They often have deeper meaning then you think. All you have to do is listen.
Movies. Man do I love movies. An easy way to lose a couple hours in a completely new world. A common topic in casual conversation. A common binding force for those that have shared The experience.
Games , more specifically video games are perhaps the most controversial In their worth as media, and the newest of the media formats. Time after time they are blamed for violence seen on the news. But they have the greatest interaction between media and consumer. It can change and evolve around the player. You can play it by yourself and with your friends. And now, more than ever it is easy to buy and create games. And that is why, they are my favorite media. What’s yours?
The recent of exams have been a bit of a eye opener for me. It has forced me to think about the actual worth of going through all this work for a letter on a piece of paper saying i’m good at a subject I won’t use for what I want to be when I grow up. Should I have worked harder earlier? Is the amount of work worth the amount of marks I could get in return?
It also made me think about where I wanna go in my life. I’m not exactly sure if I have any skills. I always tell me that I’ll stay at home and teach myself to program or something around those lines but there are times I doubt my own ability to do so,
That is all, thank you for reading my thoughts that I have typed up while trying to cram in the entire english literature syllabus in 4 hours.
Humans like to categorize things, even if they are uncategorizable. I suppose it makes us feel more secure, knowing where something lies in relations to others. Just a thought