In the land of sequels, reboots, and remakes it’s beginning to be difficult to see anything having a definitive and decisive ending. We stretch out experiences for as long as we can. At times it can enhance a story to build upon what’s already there. Or it can be at the detriment of an already solid experience. Video games are the perfect entertainment medium to keep coming back to for new missions and boss fights to face at any time. Games like Destiny, Overwatch, and Fortnite are wildly successful because they’re games that don’t have an “ending” in any traditional sense of the word. Instead, they’re video games that are great for short bursts of gaming with the occasional new maps, characters, or events to participate in every few months or so. But as huge and popular these games are, does this mean we’re beginning to move away from video games that are mostly singular and conclusive experiences?
Concluding a video game can come with an array of emotions. There’s a sense of completion and satisfaction when you finally get to the point of seeing how the journey ends. You can be filled with a pang of longing and a bit of sorrow that there’s nothing more to do, except say goodbye. Or you can feel shock and anger over a conclusion you did not expect, a pay off that can feel like a colossal waste of time. Endings, especially in video games, can provoke a strong reaction from players. Far Cry 5’s two endings have made such an impression that I’m still unsure how I’m supposed to feel.
Making the jump to buy a Nintendo Switch last year has been one of the best decisions I ever made. The console is worth the hype and praise it has been getting since the time of its release, and I’m pleased with everything this light and small device is capable of. While I still have a ways to go before my collection of Switch games become an impressive display of the best titles to play on the console, I’m already in good company with the few I have. Among those cherished few is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
A brand new year and another year of more gaming. Since buying a Nintendo Switch last month, I’ve begun filling out my Switch library. While Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the latest and hottest game for the Switch, there’s another game that really sold me on finally owning the console—The World Ends With You: Final Remix.
On the final day of the year, as we prepare to usher in a brand new one, we often get a bit reflective. We review the good, the bad, and maybe the very worst the past year has brought many of us. Like any year it will have its ups and downs, and while I take stock in everything that has come before, I like to move into the new year with a measure of optimism. As we count down the hours until 2019 on this New Year’s Eve, here’s an overview of the past year and what I’m hoping for in 2019.
The decision to buy a brand new console is one most wouldn’t take lightly. It’s a bit of a commitment on your time and wallet. But once the decision has been made to purchase one of the consoles of your choice, you’ll be so glad you did. The Nintendo Switch is the most recent console to join my lineup of game systems.
Perusing my backlog of games, both digital and physical, it can be difficult to choose what to play next. But there’s something about a brand new game in your possession that makes you itchy to play it. A peek at what your journey with this game will look like, so to speak. The one to have the honor of being my game of the moment is NieR: Automata.
Thanksgiving weekend has been the perfect time to catch up on video games or shop for new ones during the Black Friday sales. While the goal for most shoppers is to use the massive deals and markdowns to get a head start on those holiday shopping lists you have for family and friends, it can also be an irresistible excuse to use those discounts to purchase big money items you have been wanting for yourself. As I slowly recover from my turkey coma, I’ve had a mildly games related long weekend.
Thanksgiving is just a few days away for many Americans who celebrate it. It’s a time for family (or friends) to gather together once more to give thanks for what we have and to eat ourselves into a turkey induced coma. While I look forward to piling my plate high with turkey, stuffing, mash potatoes, and all the traditional foods you would see at a Thanksgiving table, what I really enjoy the most is the quality time I get to spend with my family. Food and great company are a perfect pairing, and it makes me think about a scenario in which I’d be able to celebrate Thanksgiving, or Friendsgiving, with some of my favorite video game characters. In honor of Thanksgiving week, I have created a shortlist of a cast of video game characters I would most want to spend Friendsgiving with.
Video games are often a form of escapist entertainment. We play to have fun, lead lives that are different from our own, and forget our real world problems for a little while. But what happens when you combine fictional stories with today’s commentary about current events? Can we still view these games as pure fun and escapism when these messages, subtle or overt, become unabashed in their intention to drive a point home?