Posts Tagged ‘gaming’

For now I have decided to continue with the main quest as the grinding of my smithing and enchanting level, was becoming quite tiresome on my mind to carry out. I purchased Breezehome (that nice little place next to the War Maidens,) and my level seems satisfactory for the moment as I measure my strength based on how quick I can take out a giant.

During my level grinding phase, I had to seek out forts, bandits and caverns to loot just so the cost of material for smithing was covered. It turned out I had done more main quest missions than I originally thought. Carrying on from where I left off, I discovered another side of Skyrim I really enjoyed. The linear narrative really had me hooked as it forced you to assume roles of stealth as well as strength. It really depends on the way you build your character, so play to your strengths. I chose a warrior class of the Nord race as my Dovahkiin as he wields a two-handed axe, obviously to compensate for something and of course, because of the extra damage axes cause do the bleeding effect.

This provided a simple combat system for my adventure considering it does get quite tedious. Plus you would want to try other weapons, even though the limited level up points restricts you (but doesn’t stop you). I was distracted by the story to even care about this and I don’t know about you guys, but I’m a sucker for old stories, fiction or non-fiction. Myths and legends provide great mystery and story telling while making a part of you believe it may be true. Take the greatest storybook ever, The Bible. Not religious here but there are some great stories in it, great enough for millions around the world to believe to be true.

Skyrim’s story may not be the best in gaming, but it is enough for me to question and ponder my own theories before reaching revelations. Video games can depict and tell great stories and last year the video games industry tried their hands in storytelling. L.A. Noire and Heavy Rain were attempts at making video games that were more about the tale than the dynamics of the gameplay. The reactions were positive with L.A. Noire and Heavy Rain both nearly achieving a 90% rating from critics and that ‘universal acclaim’ title.

We have witnessed an evolutionary step in human story telling, which may not seem so significant, but to turn a blind eye to this is foolish. “Storytelling is a human universal occurrence, and common themes appear in tales throughout history and all over the world. These characteristics of stories, and our natural affinity towards them, reveal clues about our evolutionary history and the roots of emotion and empathy in the mind.” A quote from the Scientific American that pretty much sum up the value of storytelling.

“Skyrim Jobs – Skyrimming is a street term the gays use when talking about applying their tongues to the outer rim part of another man’s sewer spout, while that man is being hung upside down. See the gays have weird fetishes and are close to Satan.” Dafuq did I just read? This hilarious quote is from a blog post by Christ Wire. Christ Wire is a satirical blog site that highlights supposedly, the excesses of American Christian conservatives. Although completely amusing and worth a read, it brings up the subject of ignorance towards video games.

Video gaming is beginning to branch out further from its shell as in the past it was perceived as a dirty little secret associated with little kids, and where no self-respecting adult would be caught holding a control pad. Thanks to the mass marketing by Sony, during the PlayStation/Nintendo 64 generation, gaming was considered cool, and you were uncool unless you played the latest game. Sony discovered a niche and that niche was 20 something adults who grew up familiar with video games but were now older with new interests. So began the development of mature orientated games like Resident Evil and Wipeout. Wipeout was a massive marketing success with not only its gameplay hitting home with its audience, but a soundtrack filling eager ears with electronica for a new youthful genre. As for the present 20 somethings? We get Dubstep (yay…) and Skyrim (yeaaarrhhhhhhhh).

Now with the taboo issue out of the way, there seems to be something new to complain about gaming everyday. It’s turning our brains into soup, we’re becoming more anti-social and our kids are going to grow up looking like pale gargoyles. Take your pick. “Addiction is not the only worry. Since the launch in 2006 of the Nintendo Wii, there have been regular reports of people suffering from injuries during gameplay.” Let’s break this down: gamers who actually play the Nintendo Wii are not the reclusive adolescent pale gargoyles that are usually depicted, they’re casual gamers like older people and very young kids. Older people are obviously going to strain themselves! They’re old! Not being ageist here but it is a well-known fact that the older you get, the more knocks you have to the old joints. As for the kids, well of course they’re going to hurt themselves they’re kids, aside from that, what four year olds do you know that read the safety manual before playing?

Examples of Nintendo’s Safety Guidelines:

  • If your hands, wrists, arms or eyes become tired or sore while playing, or if you feel symptoms such as tingling, numbness, burning or stiffness, stop and rest for several hours before playing again.
  • Do not use the Wii during a lightning storm. There may be a risk of electric shock from lightning. (Perfect weather for gaming!)
  • It is recommended to stay at least three (3) feet from the television. (You don’t say.)

A few of these warnings seem ridiculous and an insult to the old common sense, but some actually make sense and should be adhered. In doing, so we can minimise not only accidents but also a slow news day turning on our beloved past time. Overall I think the people who moan about the dangers of gaming should try gaming, and I don’t mean tiring oneself out after 20 minutes of Wii Sports. They should try and immerse themselves in a game like Skyrim, a game that constantly challenges and teaches the players new things. It would be a great benefit to their comprehension of this rising media that could one day be accepted, appreciated and analysed as an art form, like films.