Controllers and Feelings

The Old Man’s Club is a video game adaptation of the book The Old Man and the Sea. Usually, I do not like adaptations of books that do not follow the storyline exactly, but I actually enjoyed the way this game was made. First off, the sound reminds you of the docks, with the sounds…

The Sound of Invaders

The music in Space Invaders gives an other-worldly vibe as the player plays the game. The sound effects evoke the feeling of fighting a presence that is foreign but not too different from your own, as the shooting sounds made by the player and by the invaders are different but similar. As the invaders get…

Early Access Success: Jalopy

Today, my news feed updated me with something I hadn’t really expected. Jalopy, an indie game I have been following for years now, was finally going to come out of “Steam Early Access” and release its 1.0 build. For those unfamiliar the concept, Early Access is a category of games available on Steam that are…

“Play” Before and After Undertale

Before the beginning of the semester, playing a game to me was inserting yourself into the shoes of the protagonist and making sure they (they also being you) reached their goal. Though I understood that some people played for fun, I thought the purpose of play in relation to games was always to put yourself…

Racism and Pokémon Go

Is Pokémon Go racist? That depends. There are two definitions of racism: one societal, the other individual. Societally speaking, racism is the oppression of one race by a dominant race(s). Individually speaking, racism is discrimination based on race. Pokémon Go is racist in the first sense– none of the developers (presumably) meant to make their…

Emotional Impact in Undertale

Two criteria I believe to be important when discussing Undertale are the depth of complex characters and the games emotional impact on the player. When speaking about the complexity of characters, I will focus on how well the characters come off as people you should care for instead of useless NPCs . When speaking about…

Morality and Shame in Video Games

So far in this class, we have played a variety of games dealing with moral choices as well as discussed them in class. As I see it, it’s possible to divide games with a moral aspect into three categories: (1) social issue games, which deal explicitly with issues with a moral dimension, and make this…