VH1’s Love and Hip-Hop features quite a bit of bag tossing.
Dungeons & Drag Queens 2015 at The Maltese
I took these photos at The Maltese in Chico’s regular drag show, this one themed “Dungeons & Drag Queens”.
7 Bad Ass Tips on Writing Productively
Writing may be one of the most difficult jobs in the world. No other job is as dangerous or often lethal as writing (to pride at least). Wielding the mighty pen, clashing with paper, defeating just yourself but growing from…
Leveling Up in Life: The Gamer’s Guide to Success
Success is elusive when video games are so much more tempting, but it’s important to achieve success in order to acquire more time for video games. This troubling duality is the essence of life confronted in the Tao. I’m a…
App Ideas That AREN’T Worth Crowdfunding
These days, everyone has a great app idea. Most ideas, however, are complete trash. I’d like to add some to the garbage pile! An app that filters your favorite sitcoms so you don’t see holiday specials. An app that only…
Jerry Seinfeld Wonks on Political Correctness
Jerry Seinfeld lamented the state of political correctness on college campuses today during an ESPN interview with Colin Cowherd. When asked if college students are too sensitive in light of recent claims made by Chris Rock and Larry the Cable…
The Real Problem with Guns
The problem isn’t that guns are in and of themselves a problem, a thorough misconception. When something should be killed, a well-placed shot is absolutely more humane than, say, lethal injection or hanging, and guns are perfect for hunting in…
Funny or Die’s Brian Safi says “Ello, that’s enough.“
“Hell Comes To Quahog” on Family Guy, and Peter and pals disco dance to deal with it.
Homer Simpson springs to action when Bart and Milhouse catch a hint of brief nudity
“The Wreck of the Relationship“.
Have you ever seen a man masturbate furiously? I don’t mean with aggressive pacing, but like he’s angry at you and knows you’re watching, and the only way to get revenge is to gross you out.
My apologies, that’s an awful way to start. It was just as awful to see many years ago when I worked as a computer technician. I received a computer for a standard data recovery, its hard drive so old it ashed with every spin. I saved what I could, moved the remains to a new disk and finally just had to make one last check to ensure the transferred files were actually working. (more…)
What makes video games great?
Simple: the potential for complete immersion.
What a good book or film does with the imagination, or song does with the ear, or massage to skin, Rembrandt to the eye, savory scent with memory; video games can and have done as well, to varying degrees. Yes, video games have smelled, although, perhaps fortunately, they have not yet made us taste them.
Immersion is a composite affect. In a typical video game, it’s produced through visuals, sound and interactive narrative, sometimes even physical sport, all to bring you to worlds as simple as Tetris, as carefree as Wii Bowling, as lush as World of Warcraft or as intricate as EVE Online. Each aspect of a game- everything from economy to voice-over- nuances the whole, and each aspect can excel to accommodate deficiency in the others. But when too many fail the game is generally forgotten, and later severely discounted for a Summer sale.
Flaws in game design are a complicated topic, so I’d rather scale down and talk about something a little more manageable. I want to talk about nonessential systems that are detracting or distracting from potential immersion, often by disabling games in ways that make play unappealing or even impossible.
What unnecessarily hurts video games and their immersive potential? The major issues I’ll cover are: