Video Games People Play

“VIDEO GAMES PEOPLE PLAY”

I was an 8 year-old boy when I became a Disney starlet. While growing up the youngest of four kids, I had two older brothers, but the first born was our sister who now has two kids of her own. Emily not just “brat sat” us three juveniles, and we were a handful, a pretty wild bunch back in the day. Among other things, she’s the one who taught us how to throw a football, score a soccer goal, helped get our homework and chores done, and even showed us how to cook some favorite dishes.

Also, she schooled us on video games. Actually she started us playing Disney’s hot girl games, trotting out its biggest female stars: Snow White, Cinderella, Jasmine (“Aladdin”) and Ariel (“The Little Mermaid”). But the real “princesses” were we three rowdy boys, thanks to an easy-to-use character generator that lets anyone turn herself or in this case himself into Disney heroines.

DING! DING! DING! DING!  DING! DING! DING!

While the conventional wisdom of the general public says that guys dominate playing vid games, my own personal experience with friends, family and industry people tells me differently. My thinking is backed by a study from the Internet Advertising Bureau, plus others. You might be surprised,  but in the studies, it’s revealed that females, girls and grownup women alike, comprise over 50% of the overall video gaming audience, and that includes mobile devices. Can you say Candy Crush and Angry Birds? Yes, you’ve read it right.  The majority of people video playing games are Girl Gamers!

In spite of this fact, actual numbers of females who work in the vid games industry is pretty darn low (see article). Meanwhile, I’d say that when it comes to video gaming, the female gender prefers to create good things while males specialize in destroying them (what else is new)? For instance, while girls can enjoy building a house, a castle, a whole city out of Lego or whatever, usually the kick for guys is demolishing it.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2011/dec/08/women-videogames-designing-writing

And because the majority of big-ticket video games are about action and destruction, despite any surveys that support the fact that at least as many women play games as men, some beliefs don’t change easily. The long held notion that games are mainly a pastime for adolescent boys is a continuing   one that is perpetuated, carried forward thanks to the aggressive marketing of big-time, big-name, big-budget games.

Nonetheless, Emily insists video games are for everyone. For herself, however, she’s always loved “The Sims” from Entertainment Arts. She creates her peaceful characters with nice homes, hobbies and lots of interesting friends. More than once, she would remind my brothers and me, “I’d rather have characters watering plants than mowing down others with a machine gun.”

1BVG IMAGE MONSTERAs a final thought, when I was younger I had to break off a relationship with an incredibly beautiful nice girl I truly cared for. The problem was her solitary interest in life was playing, she was a video games addict. Nothing else came remotely close to meaning anything at all to her, including me. She was only interested in winning, being the best and it affected her very badly, it even changed her entire personality to something monsterous.

Hey, I’ve always loved vid gaming, but I knew early on that it can’t be your sole interest. I tried to explain that to her, but couldn’t get through. When we did break up we both got hurt. I learned a lesson, and she finally learned hers, too. The last thing I told her was, ‘you can play every game and maybe be the best, but what good is it when you are only playing 1-dimension in real life?’

~Steve Roberts

A Web Cyclometer Scope

“A WEB CYCLOMETER SCOPE”

ET REALITY SHOW“South Park” once had an episode that asked the question, what if Earth is a reality TV show for other planets? In that episode, when they found out the show is scheduled to be cancelled, the kids travel to a faraway galaxy and a not so outrageous planet when compared to our own, in order to convince the show’s network producers to change their minds about cancelling Earth.

Think about it. Sometimes, at least when we are judging by the way we earthlings behave and treat each other, Earth doesn’t need to be cancelled by anything or anyone or else. Let’s face it. If things don’t improve, we may cancel ourselves. At the same time, we still have a chance to get better if we, hopefully, just do what needs to be done.

CLICK! CLICK! CLICK! CLICK! CLICK! CLICK!

Far above any clouds, beyond the deepest uncharted place in space and most vivid imaginations, thoughts exist that haven’t yet been considered. And there are ideas that flourish abundantly which the greatest of all human minds have not to this point ever conceived.

If you will, entertain for a moment the concept of a brightly glowing telescopic-gadget orbiting the digital universe while illuminating the shadows of hate and misunderstanding down here with the power of knowledge and peace. Let’s simply call it “A Web Cyclometer Scope” and think of it as an App, an apparatus, an appliance, an application dedicated to the good of cyberspace.

1BVG GAME GRAND THEFT AUTOThe device can also be a video game. From a simple idea to tech labs, then to arcades and onto store shelves and up into the great clouds in the sky, video games have evolved radically evolved from the last few decades of the 20th century, and smashingly into the 21st. Now, with lightning speed and exacting graphics, there’s no doubt that games can be fun, instructive, educational, in a word: worthwhile. There’s also no doubt that some games have been and can still and probably always will be violently disgusting and sadly destructive to some who play as well as those innocent victims of violence.

While most use their digital devices for good purpose, certain behavior whether done online or offline is considered unacceptable. For example, if it’s a criminal act to steal your neighbors’ mail, why would stealing or compromising their email be any different? It’s not.

Though the jury is still out regarding the extent of harm violent games may have on those who play, like legal and illegal drugs, some will have unexpected and dangerous side effects.

http://www.npr.org/sections/healthshots/2014/08/08/338855459/playing-video-games-can-help-or-hurt-depending-on-who-you-ask

Don’t get it wrong. Action-adventure is great. At the same time when you consider what type of action some violent games offer to the point of ad nauseum (seeing how often ad nauseam is misspelled makes some people want to throw up), perhaps it’s best to spend your time more wisely. Here’s why:

Carmageddon – Kill pedestrians and set off roadside bombs, etc.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqrftlCAic0#t=50

Soldier of Fortune – Torture, Brutalize, Kill, etc.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtmDycnHqVc#t=62

Mad World – Blood splattering mess
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2MYPmbgrI0

Postal 2 – Senseless Brutality
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU5M-vlm0PA#t=244

Mortal Combat – Blood and guts and bad acting.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YxPFw7lfY0

Playing For Real!

W-W-WOW! W-W-WOW! W-W-WOW!

While journeying through cyberspace at the controls of my flying laptop, something unexpected suddenly popped-on in front of me. Monstrously huge, I had no clue what it really was and worked the controller feverishly, swerving left, right, over and under but could not avoid smashing into that colossal thing. Within a nanosecond, I found myself locked in darkness except for a net-like blanket of blindingly bright pixilated light that encircled me as the completely out of control laptop accelerated before tumbling end-over-end into what I would soon discover, turned out to be: One-Big-Videogame!

BOOMP! BWAMP! WHAP! BWAMP!

1BVG GAME METAL GEAR SOLIDBeing a modified-to-the-max advanced hi-tech digital device, my laptop moved even faster than possible until it thoroughly stretched the outer limits of the phenomenally enormous pliable structure, its wings ultimately breaking through the incredible spongy, data-filled worldwide web.

Hey, wait! Stop here! Please, I don’t want you to misunderstand. You must know the truth. What you’re reading isn’t fiction. I know because it happened to me. And what’s more, it’s still happening.

And it could happen to you. We’re talking about experiencing with all your mighty know-how, practice, skill and knowledge one video game that is so intensely bizarre it can only be described as being totally insane, quite realistically out of this world although within reason as you go beyond anything and anywhere you’ve ever been. When you take on this game, you’re playing for real because here you go thru portals into big-time, challenging, unknown dimensions.

But you don’t need to take my word for it. You have to make up your own mind. I’ll make it simple. I’m just here to make friends. However, I’m also here to tell you, show you, how absolutely very important you are. It’s no joke. Maybe you know, maybe not, but the simple truth is: Planet Earth is in a humongous heap of trouble. Evil roams everywhere as bullies plot to destroy then ultimately rule the Internet, communication, yes, the entire digital universe. IMHO, there’s only one class of individuals who can best help the world.

True Gamers Unite! That’s right. True Gamers can save the planet. I’m talking about all those who know without even a shred of doubt the difference between what is real and that which is make-believe.
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When I’m asked about my top ten or all-time favorite games I’m like, how do you compare Portal to Pong? I’ve played on various platforms though my current favorite is Wii U and the PC. Games I play all genres from sports to role-playing to Action-adventure. Still, here’s a few that I’ll always like:

  • Super Mario 64
  • Pokémon Gold & Silver
  • Metal Gear Solid 1/Twin Snakes ~ 3
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
  • Half-Life 1/2
  • Silent Hill 1 ~ 3
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Resident Evil Remake/2/3/4
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • Super Metroid
  •  Metal Gear Solid
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

~Steve Roberts