Video games: Yes, it’s about the money

“Sweet, coins.”

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One of the topics of concern when being a video gamer is that as more games are released which we want to play, there’s a concern that the money we spend on them is only going to greedy corporations who only released the game for the purpose of making money.

I’ve spoken previously about video games’ status as art, and whether or not it matters.

But even industries producing traditionally understood art forms, like motion pictures, are still a commercial industry.

Therefore, video games should not be considered any different than as a product.

Doesn’t it make sense that investors deserve a return on their investment?

Video games are often pitched with a business plan, explaining why they’re worth developing, publishing and marketing.

Even at their inception, they’re planned as money-making products.

Especially games that are part of a recognised brand; there’s a lot of reputation at stake that could risk the sustainability of the bigger picture.

If a game is enjoyable, doesn’t it make sense that the developers are rewarded with financial success based on how many people are recommending it?

Worth of mouth is, after all, the most effective marketing there is.

It’s certainly the marketing I trust the most.

These developers do have a career; developing video games is their profession.

If you’re involved in someone’s profession (which you are, by playing the game they’ve developed), it’s unfair to expect them not to profit from it.

And besides, the corporate executives aren’t the only people benefiting from game sales – their publishers (and employees) receive a percentage, which is itself funnelled into their developers (and employees).

It’s a stream of benefit that says “What you do is sustaining us, so we’ll keep sustaining you”.

This is how industries work, and when it stops working, we get the video games crash (again).

True, there are some very artistic games.

But how have you played them?

Steam?

That means money is being returned to who made it, because you can, in fact, care about artistic quality and monetary gain at the same time.

In fact, it’s often an advantage to, because you’ll make more money from games that are better than others.

It comes back to the same point I made earlier – if you’re enjoying a game, what’s wrong with the people who made it benefiting financially?

You don’t want them to no longer possess the resources they need to make more, do you?

Because those “art games” couldn’t be made without an industry that sells first person shooters.

And when those art game developers do reap the rewards of their creations, what do you think they’re going to do?

Rinse and repeat.

“Tomb Raider” (2018) unveils first trailer

“I found something. A tomb, or the Mother of death. If Trinity succeeds, our world is in danger. Promise me you will stop them.”

Warner Bros. Pictures have unveiled the first trailer to their film adaptation of Tomb Raider:

Tomb Raider (2018) is a reboot of the Tomb Raider film series.

The first Tomb Raider video game was Tomb Raider (1996).

This was followed by Tomb Raider II (1997).

The first Tomb Raider film was Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001).

This was followed by Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003).

These films starred Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft.

The Tomb Raider video game series was rebooted with Tomb Raider (2013).

This is the direct inspiration for the Tomb Raider film series reboot.

Tomb Raider stars Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft.

Tomb Raider opens 16th March 2018.

DC Comics reveals “Justice League: Lost” (2017)

“The world’s afraid of us. It’s necessary.”
Batman, Justice League #7 (2011)

DC Comics have announced that December’s Justice League #92 will be the beginning of a new story entitled Lost.

Christopher Priest is writing.

Pete Woods is illustrating.

Lost will be the beginning of their partnership on Justice League.

Priest’s approach is to write Justice League as if it’s a realistic workplace drama about the consequences of the Justice League’s existence when Batman makes a fatal error.

Part one in Justice League #92 will hit shelves 6th December 2017.

Variant covers will be illustrated by Nick Bradshaw.

The featured version of the Justice League will be from the mainstream Prime Earth continuity, of-which Batman is a founding co-leader.

DC Comics reveal “Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II”

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Batman, “Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1” (2015)

DC Comics have announced a sequel to Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II will be a six-part mini-series.

The mini-series will be the second inter-company crossover between DC Comics and IDW Publishing.

Issue #1 will hit shelves on the 6th of December.

Issue #2 will hit shelves on the 20th of December.

The remaining four issues will hit shelves monthly.

James Tynion IV is writing.

Freddie Williams II is illustrating.

Kevin Eastman will illustrate variant covers.

The featured Batman will be from the Earth Prime continuity.

Driver (1999)

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“I’m losing my favourite game,
I’m losing my mind again”
-Peter Svensson and Nina Persson, My Favourite Game

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It is the 30th of June 1999. A fire at South Korea’s Sealand Youth Training Centre kills 23 people. Jennifer Lopez is at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with If You Had My Love. Also, GT Interactive Software unleash onto the world Driver (which was subtitled You Are the Wheelman in North America).

For some reason, it always comes back to this for me. The earliest days of my gaming life that I can remember are also the earliest days of my life at all. There were no seasons, just summer, and all the days bled into one long recess. Driver is the first time I ever became truly obsessed with something. If I were…

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Asking Big Questions #002: “Are video games art?”

Are video games art? That we’re even having this conversation means there’s no definitive answer, which means that it comes down to “because I say so!”. A lot of the arguments for video games being art will often interpret the definition of art as being something which can accommodate video games, but before arguing why something can be classified within a specific category, you also have to define what the thing is first.

The video game is still a very recent medium compared to literature or film, which have existed long enough to develop into something that people understand. We still don’t really know what video games are capable of being, because the boundaries are still being pushed. We’re the pioneers, we’re just starting it. Therefore, any artistic merit that video games will ever come to have will only ever be given by students of the subject in years to come, in the same way that the first wave of film critics, like Truffaut, understood film making principles enough to do things with it that hadn’t been done before. Creators often don’t understand their creations as much as their fans. The first art films were made by people who’d studied films that came before in order to understand the process, and then use that process to different ends. That’s how I expect video games will develop. We understand how video games work, but there doesn’t yet to appear to be anyone who’s developed a video game in a way that establishes and redefines the medium in the same way that happened with film.

Comparing video games specifically to film is, I understand, a biased perspective, but in arguing the artistic merits of a genre, there needs to be an example genre with-which to compare it, and film is the closest one.

I don’t know if the definition of a video game will ever be defined in my lifetime, and that’s okay. In maybe a hundred years time, video games will be studied as much, if not more than, film. And its students will understand the important ones, which form a pathway of evolution of techniques that eventually lead to whatever video games have become by that time. The dots can only be connected by looking backwards, and we’re still basically at the beginning of the trail. We need more samples, and that will take time. But we do at least have a reference for how our understanding will develop. We mustn’t get ahead of ourselves; this is how I think video games will come to be considered art, if they ever do. All we can do is stay focused on the video games of today. We have to lay the foundations. Because, compared to the video game players of the future, we don’t know anything at all.

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“Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.”
-Desmond Tutu

Greetings, NPCs! We’ve another community event lined up for you.

To articulate our never-ending quest to raise the standard of discussion and civility in the world of gaming, we undertook the first in a series of “Asking Big Questions” posts back in May. In that first entry, the question was “What have you learned since you started blogging?” My heart was warmed by the response we received. Many of you shared your experiences, your anxieties, your histories with us and bared your souls to each other. I found that brand of humanity inspiring; we were transparent and open with our peers and ourselves.

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If you weren’t around or otherwise didn’t participate, I highly suggest you take a look at some of the answers furnished by the great and sometimes very much unsung writers out there among us. Some of them left…

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A to Z Bookish Survey

“Everything about this book makes me squee.”

Hannah Givens posted her response to Ann Elise‘s A to Z Bookish Survey, which gave me a good reason to procrastinate from all the stuff I’m doing (video editing, literary reviews and community projects). I need to streamline my activities some how, but I’ll think about that later.

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Michael Morpurgo

Best Sequel Ever:

World Without a Superman (1993) by Jerry Ordway, Roger Stern, Louise Simonson, Dan Jurgens and Karl Kesel (the sequel to The Death of Superman (1993) by Louise Simonson, Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway and Roger Stern).

Currently Reading:

To Kill a Mockingbird (2004) by Harper Lee

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Hot chocolate

E-reader or Physical Book?

Book (please don’t get started on this subject).

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

I wouldn’t have. But I would’ve wanted to date Kara Kent.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Superman and the Men of Steel (2012) by Grant Morrison.

Hidden Gem Book:

The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language (2011) by Mark Forsyth.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

All-New X-Men #40 (2015) by Brian Micheal Bendis. If you reacted to it the way I did, you don’t need an explanation (and if you didn’t, then you’ll probably never understand).

Just Finished:

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (1986) by Frank Miller. Review coming soon.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Books that feel like that they were written for the genre and not for the story. I call them clones.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Complete Works (2008) by William Shakespeare (2485 pages).

Major book hangover because of:

The Fault in Our Stars (2013) by John Green. I once pulled an all-nighter reading the whole thing.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

2 in my bedroom, and 4 others around the house.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Superman: Secret Origin (2011) by Geoff Johns. Everything about this book makes me squee.

Preferred Place To Read:

My bed, because I don’t have to strain my neck by looking down much.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.

Augustus Waters (John Green), The Fault in Our Stars

Reading Regret:

I don’t manage to read every day, and it’s something that I think about a lot.

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):

Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling. I started Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, but it was a bit too simple for my tastes. Maybe one day I’ll get to the end.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

Doctor Who: The Writer’s Tale – The Final Chapter (2010) by Russell T. Davies and Benjamin Cook

The Wreck of the Zanzibar (2003) by Michael Morpurgo

World Without a Superman (1993) by Jerry Ordway, Roger Stern, Louise Simonson, Dan Jurgens and Karl Kesel

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

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Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Batman: The Dark Knight: Master Race by Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello.

Worst Bookish Habit:

Starting too many books and then dropping all but one because that’s as much as I can actually read at once.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

Doctor Who: The Official Annual 2011, edited by Moray Laing.

Your latest book purchase:

Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again (2002) by Frank Miller.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (1986) by Frank Miller. Not that it’s a problem, but the chapters are quite long.