Posts Written OnSeptember 2015

Puzzles + Fighting = Action-Adventure

The action-adventure game mixes the problem solving of an adventure game with the fighting prowess of an action movie. Oh sure, sometimes the action hero looks like a pudgy plumber in a blue unitard, or sometimes it’s a heroine that has all of that junk packed into different trunks, but at the end of the day they still crush their enemies one way or the other, and the adventure is still had. It would bear asking why the female characters always seem to have a certain physical theme going, but that’s a discussion for another day. Action-adventure games include some of…

Game Review: Destiny

Our Game Review Focus Each game review is intended to answer the question: “Is this game safe for my child to play?” We want these to be a guide for parent-player conversations about games and allow for educated gaming decisions based on Christ-centered principals. If you want more info on how we go about grading games, you can check out our Game Review Scoring Guide.   Overall Grade:  2.8 (fairly safe – for an FPS) Grade Summary: Violence is the answer in this Destiny. This game scores better than the average FPS in almost every category, making it appeal to a wide audience. However…

3 Ingredients of Great Adventure Games

The heart of any great game is player engagement. If you can get everyone involved, you’re going to have a good time. As I talked about in my previous post on the adventure genre these games differ from others because they focus on drawing the player into a mysterious adventure; hence the name. However, I feel that I may have done the genre an injustice. With just my initial explanation it sounds like these games may be dull; the opposite is true. Gamers play adventure games because these games do three things better than almost any other type of game: Player engagement Play immersion…

What’s an Adventure Game?

Adventure games tickle the puzzle-solving spot in the gamer’s brain. Adventure games such as the Myst series give beautiful, interactive environments that guide the player through a story filled with danger, intrigue and generally lots of puzzles. They can even avoid that “you’ll never solve this stupid Sudoku” feeling so many of us get. Typically these games lack the violence of FPS and action-adventure games, but that is not the case for all of them. The Walking Dead series has created the feel of being a part of a graphic novel, with your actions determining plot events. Some of the…

Why is gaming addiction a thing?

Just ask any gamer and they’ll be able to tell you: Video games are awesome. As one of my students put it recently: “I can do way cooler stuff in a video game”. I guess he’s got a point. Only in video games can I create a home, life, city, world of my choice without leaving my chair. I can take part in an epic journey, save an entire universe and get away with dangers, risks and choices I’d never live down, or through, in real life. Yet saying gamers play video games because of “cooler stuff” is a little…