Sunday, August 10, 2008

I like the idea of making a game that examines violence in a more serious way. It's touchy because if someone were to make a game trying to get an emotional response out of someone through extreme violence, and they went wrong with it, they could come up with something along the lines of Hostel, and nobody wants that. I'm not talking about a game that makes me just cringe, though that's something that could be neat in some contexts. I guess my desire to be emotionally affected by violence in a game is just a smaller part of my general disappointment with games' ability to draw me in emotionally like other media.

Better voice acting maybe would help? Focus more on the faces of characters without interfering with the ability to play the game due to having the camera in the character's face all the time? I think those factors are part of what makes the Half-life series compelling. That's an interesting thing, that series. It's not like the combat is anything particularly unique or interesting. Hmm.

I just realized that I sound like an emo douchebag talking about wanting to suffer with my characters in a game. Oh well. Even if it's struggling with the goofy protagonist of a teenage soap opera, dealing with conflict and struggles along with a character is totally what makes stories interesting. Or at least what makes them relatable. I really like to make broad generalizations.


I've finally decided to give in. I'm going to blog. But, for now, I'm the only one who can see this, so I'm talking to myself. I feel like these days I'm more scatterbrained than ever, but I need to get all focused. I also need to start writing down all of the little ideas that I have, because my memory is terrible. Terrible as hell. My plan is to keep one of these things open every day, and to write things down in the unlikely event that I'm not at a computer, so that I can have a running list of thoughts. Maybe eventually I'll venture into the realm of synthesizing things out of these disconnected ideas and thoughts to become a real philosiblogger. But not now. For now, I'm just going to force myself to explain to myself what I like about various media that I enjoy. Cool.