Is Pokémon Go a Racist Game?

It was interesting reading Allana Akhtar’s article Is Pokémon Go Racist?, as she points out a potential flaw in the game. She found there to be more PokéStops in predominantly white neighborhoods than that of predominantly black neighborhoods, and argues that both Hispanics and African Americans are both under appreciated and under represented in technological work spaces (for…

Explorations and Experimentation in Games

The more I take this class, the more exploration and experimentation become important to me in gameplay. By exploration, I mean the extent to which the player travels through an unknown space (the world of the game) in order to learn about it. How important is spatial exploration to the game? What does such exploration…

Play, LIM, and Videogames

Before taking this class, my definition of play was “to engage in any activity for fun or pleasure.” I have worked a lot with children, so when I thought of play, I thought of imaginary games, dolls, tag, and the like. When it came to video games, I thought that to play them was to…

Coding Devices in Games

I was reading an article about devices that let players put code into games in order to exploit and create bugs in the game. I never knew that it was possible to do things like this. The coding can help the player in the game by allowing them to skip levels, get better items in…

TED Talk on the Brain During Violent Video Games

Most of the research I have seen on how violent games are influencing children has only shown negative effects. However, Daphne Bavelier described during a TED talk (in 2012) that these action packed shooter games may actually have positive effects on the brain, when played in small doses. She first proves the commonly accepted statement –…

Assessing Blackbar

Two criteria that are important to assessing the game Blackbar are the objectives of the game and the role of the player. The objectives of the game are the goals of the game and what the player is trying to accomplish. The role of the player is how the player relates to the character.  The…