Difficult games are a mainstay of gaming culture—while some players like a more simplistic, soothing approach, others like a fast-paced, challenging experience or something in between. Though many people see gaming as becoming simpler overall, particularly because of mobile and online games like Bejeweled and Clash of Clans, there’s still a huge amount of interest in difficult games of all kinds. Continue reading →
Video game AI has come a long way since the early days—rather than preprogrammed patrol routes or an automatic path toward the player character, we have enemies that seem to think and act almost like real people. Advancements in technology allow developers to create enemies that are more lifelike and realistic, but making them too human may result in a frustrating experience for players. Continue reading →
Alternate history is all about asking “what if” questions, taking important historical events and changing one or more key elements to imagine a radically different future. In games, an alternate history may be as drastic as a reimagined steampunk past or a retro-inspired vision of the future with friendly robots and fearsome nuclear power.
Exploring these worlds and identifying which feature has changed to make it an alternate history is part of the fun. Alternate history is an appealing genre in books and TV, but gaming manages to do it particularly well thanks to both the immersion factor and the fact that developers can create three-dimensional worlds for players to explore. Much of the appeal of alternate history is finding the small differences between our world and the fictional one, and that’s especially true when you can make the discoveries yourself. Continue reading →
Video game skills come in numerous forms and difficulties. Early arcade games and their in-home counterparts were largely skill-based, relying on hand-eye coordination and puzzle-solving video game skills for success. Now that games have diversified and can be found in tons of different genres, we’re seeing games that use new skills such as observation, interpretation, or decision-making over the more physical skills of early games. Continue reading →
Historical games come in many forms, but there’s a particular interest in games set during the World War II era. Easily the most popular time period for historical games, World War II provides a familiar, easily recognizable backdrop even for people who aren’t all that interested in history, creating a stable time and place that appeals to multiple demographics.
But it’s not just because of convenience that historical games of the WWII era are popular. There are a lot of reasons that so many stories are set in this time period, and the way that historical games frame the story can shift the way we think about it. Setting is a useful tool in any work of fiction, and World War II lends a particular gravity and menace to a story in any medium. Continue reading →
Though supporting characters in games may not be the stars of the story, they are often still vital to a game’s plot. Though most of the character growth and plot progression will take place surrounding the player character, supporting characters help flesh out the protagonist and add their own complications to the story.
Indie games and AAA games are often used to designate two different types of games, including factors like budgets, graphics, and studio size to classify them. But as digital distribution becomes more popular and tools like Unity and Unreal become free for aspiring developers, what once designated a title as indie or AAA has shifted.
Detective mode, survival vision, or its other incarnations in various franchises is an incredibly useful tool. In this mode, gamers get an alternate view where color is reduced to a few key shades and enemies, switches, items, and other useful things that are highlighted for easy viewing. Much like tools such as peripheral vision and omnidirectional hearing, detective mode and its other variations serve as a bridge between game technology and real-life skills, giving players the ability to step into the shoes of highly trained spies and detectives.
World War 2 games have the power to let us experience history, putting players in a variety of roles during one of the world’s most frightening conflicts. Every role in the Second World War is an interesting one, and the differing perspectives from around the world paint a fascinating picture of not only what combat looked like from an American or British perspective, but also the lasting effects war can have on those who aren’t your typical soldier.