Patience (Confessions of a Non-Gamer)

So the semester is finally over! And so is our class. Sadly, I think, so are my video game-playing days. Something that I’ve realized is crucial when playing video games, something that I think I lack, is patience. I’m thinking about playing Assassin’s Creed: Liberation and how long it took me to complete the tasks I…

Indigenous Women’s Digital Media and Representing Violence

A couple of weeks ago, I attended Coming To You From the Indigenous Future: A Showcase of Indigenous Women’s Digital media. My experiences at there really meshed with a lot of class discussions, particularly the one we had about the representation of slavery in Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry. The showcase presented a wide array of…

The Future is Bright for the Graphics of Video Games

The introduction of video games began with simple 2D games, such as Pac-Man and Frogger. Now a days, with the use of newer technology, developers have managed to create incredibly realistic games. Recently, Epic Games (the developers of Fortnite) teamed up with a few other graphic design companies in attempt to make video game characters…

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…

Recent News on Cheating in PUBG

Yesterday, BBC released an article stating that a code gang in China was arrested for the production of cheat programs. Specifically, these cheat codes were created for the game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), allowing players to have a competitive advantage during gameplay. For those unfamiliar with PUBG, it is a multiplayer online battle royale game in which 100 players…

Can Gamers be Good Drone Pilots?

I found Tim Wright’s article “Do Gamers Make Better Drone Operators Than Pilots” really interesting. He studied four groups of people; game players with flight simulation experience, general aviation pilots, professional pilots, and people with no video game experience who were not pilots, and analyzed their performance making decisions in stressful situations. He found that…

Who is a Gamer?

In Adrienne Shaw’s article “On Not Becoming Gamers: Moving Beyond the Constructed Audience”, there was one line that really stood out to me. She writes, “sometimes interviewees said they were not gamers because they did not play certain types of games such as games with deep narratives or games focused on killing.” For example, she…