Fears of Being Represented

In this class I have been challenged to analyze the way games like Undertale and Stanley Parable give players “choices” that may not actually be choices and the way games like Assassin’s’ Creed are able to represent minorities and how that representation can be either good or bad. I think the question of representation is…

Unchallenging Games

For the Stencyl project, my group mates and I decided to make a game based on accessibility. The game has the player play as a bee traversing through different environments until it finally reaches its hive at the end. The game contains no enemies and it is impossible to die. The only thing the player…

“That’s okay,” yes, but…

Reading “Future Historians Probably Won’t Understand Our Internet” put me through a whirlwind of emotions, which changed (almost) as quickly as the temperature on a spring day in Amherst. At first, I was sad and disappointed– we won’t be able to preserve our experiences for future generations? People who live a thousand years from now…

CYOAs vs Choice in Video Games

As an assignment for this class, I read Mystery of The Maya, a Choose Your Own Adventure novel about a young man who travels to Mexico to find his missing friend and encounters many supernatural things along the way. Because it is a Choose Your Own Adventure novel, there are multiple places throughout the book…

Can Video Games Predict Intelligence?

As we have learned over the course of this class, violent video games can lead to improvements in both cognition and reflex abilities. In November of 2017, ScienceDaily released an article stating that multiplayer online battle arena (MOBAs) games can be a significant predictor of intelligence, essentially acting as an IQ test. The researchers tested…

“Highway Of Tears” and Gaming. Can VR Headsets be a better means to discuss “Serious Topics?”

Wednesday April 11th, 2018, I attended an event called: “Coming To You From the Indigenous Future: A Showcase of Indigenous Women’s Digital media.” At the event I was introduced to the virtual reality (VR) headset. I found that it served as great mechanism to tell the story of Ramona Wilson (click here for documentary), a young native girl…

Problems With Immersion

In David Leonard’s article “Live In Your World, Play In Ours”, he talks about the problem of racial deployment in video games, and how games must be careful not to push racial stereotypes or enforce racism in their attempt to be more diverse. He starts with Grand Theft Auto and the reinforcement of racism that…