Thoughts on Video Games: An Entertainment Medium

I think awhile back when I started posting on this blog in July of  2016, I was still gathering my thoughts about video games and what it meant to me.  Because I was raised by compassionate parents,  I was always conscious about the things I was exposed to.  I knew I would never harm a single animal or person in real life, and yet I enjoy violent games.  This prompted me to write about Dark Souls and its philosophy on what it meant to be human.  My ideas might be a bit archaic but the dark side of life is not so far.  If I’m not careful, I can lose my humanity too.  So that is why I prefer games that have human qualities which teach me something positive about life.

My belief that video games are beyond a pastime activity has been confirmed while  reading IGN interview with Swery, the creator of Deadly Premonition and D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die.

[Video Games] are something greater than simply a means of generating money, or pieces of mere entertainment to be consumed. [Video Games]  are considered even a little bit as art or something eternal.

Like Swery, I believe some things in life is beyond human comprehension.  Video games are in fact just merely reflecting our human thoughts just like any other entertainment medium.   And yet video games, are often frowned upon as a waste of time by non-gamers.  They don’t understand that not all games are created equal as to not all books are educational.

I know that there is a lot of talk about video games becoming a mass consumption and the game industry is catering to a wider audience.  I have mixed feelings about this.  Seldomly, do I find modern games having the same aesthetic as classic or retro games. Some modern games are becoming longer and unimaginative.  Two bad combination for me.  I wonder is it even possible for developers to create games that appeal to the mass while continuing to take risk to innovate games?

I think you know by now why one of the best developers to me is FromSoftware.  They don’t chase after what is popular.  They create genuine games that are timeless to me.  So that’s why I’m always on the hunt for great games. They really are my treasures.

4 thoughts on “Thoughts on Video Games: An Entertainment Medium

  1. Video games definitely give us opportunities to explore different aspects of ourselves and even assume completely new identities in the safety of a world where no one – including ourselves – gets hurt. One thing that I love about games is getting to experience a world through the eyes of another person, and of course looking for the hidden meanings that relate to the physical world! 🙂 Great post

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    1. II don’t disagree with your statement. I wasn’t a big fan of the sequels either and sensed they were doing it to generate money. From a business standpoint, it’s understandable, but for a consumer it is depressing. By the time I got to Bloodborne and Dark Souls III, I was burned out.

      That being said, I was a fan of Fromsoftware before Dark Souls. So my own bias influence the way I perceive games and what I hope for in the future. I honestly don’t want to see them creating the same type of game over and over. But I think they are talented enough to come up with something new.

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