Making the Perfect Video Game

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No game will ever be perfect, but according to IGN, they’ve been giving out 10 out of 10 ratings left and right, which I believe is pretty crazy. There have been games that have been outstanding, don’t get me wrong, but they are not perfect. If a game reached the perfect status then there would be no need to make another game. Every gamer would go out and by the so-called perfect game, and everyone will play happily ever after into the sunset.

Since no game will ever be perfect, well in my opinion, I have come up with a few things that I would like to see in my ideal game.

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No More Video Games! Wait, What?

Many parents yell at their kids and say that they are not active. They tell kids to put away their video games because they are not productive and are just a waste of time.  The mass media also agrees, they say that video games cause violence in younger children and expose them to things that they should not see at their age.

The debate is that video games cause violence in younger children. Video games are similar to movies, they are not real and are just for entertainment. Also, video games have ratings on them; they tell you what age group should be playing what game. Parents should be responsible for letting their children play a game that has a mature rating, just like they should be responsible for letting their child watch a rated-R movie. I think that video games are a scapegoat to bad parenting. As a parent, they should know what their kids are playing and watching. Even though it’s inevitable to block everything that they see, they should still be able to monitor what they watch or play. I don’t get why no one puts any blame on television and movies and always are quick to blame video games.

There are far more positives than negatives when it comes to video games. Video games keep kids away from the violence. Kids are safer inside of their house shooting imaginary aliens rather than out on the streets causing chaos. Video games help keep kids and their minds active, instead of them going out smoking and drinking like many kids are doing in our generation now. There are even video games that are educational; there are games that help kids learn even more than they do in school. Let’s face it, what kid pays attention in class, I know I never did. I can honestly say I learned more jumping from platform to platform in Mario and trying to collecting rings in Sonic than learning useless equations in math.

All he ever wanted to do was eat some ghosts. I wouldn’t consider that crime; the dude was hungry.

Most parents want kids to sit at home and read books. Sorry, but no twelve-year-old wants to jump into an exciting book. They want to pick up a controller and try to catch every Pokemon they can. If you can get your kid to read book after book, then I give you all the credit in the world. Sure, reading can be good, but so can video games. You can learn the same amount in reading a book as you can playing a video game.

Take away video games and see what happens. Kids would go crazy; there would be more kids in trouble than ever. Video games are more than education, and they are fun as well! Video games can help you learn without even knowing that you are learning. Playing puzzle games such as Tetris can help you learn the concept of recognizing and putting things where they belong and following an order, tell me how this is different from what you learn in math class, it is not. I say kids should play, under the right supervision.

Two Lives to Live

Imagine not having only one life to live, but now you have two.

When you see a yellow box with a question mark. You have to jump and hit it, obviously!

Another day just walking through the park. All of a sudden, you find a box floating in the air with a question mark on it. Playing Mario multiple times before, you know what you have to do. Of course, you’re going to jump up and hit the block! That is what you do and out comes a green mushroom. It falls to the ground, starts moving to the right, and you chase after it. Finally catching up with it, you touch it, and it disappears.

Days goes by, even months and you go to the doctor for your yearly checkup. He tells you that he has discovered something that has given you another life, meaning if you would happen to die you have another chance to live. All of a sudden you freak out, well obviously, it’s crazy that you have another life. Thinking to yourself, you remember the trip to the park. Finally, it all comes together. Mario, a yellow question mark block, a green mushroom and another life, It was a 1-up mushroom!

What would you do? Now you have another life!

Let’s lay down some rules. This extra life is exactly how it is used in Mario if you would fall off a cliff or run into a Goomba you would be dead. Well in our world if you would run into a bus, but you get the idea.

I don’t know what I would do, should I just go to the top of a mountain, jump off and see what happens? I think I would have to do something like that, right? I need to utilize this 1-up, it’s not every day you find this kind of things lying around.

On the other hand, it would be pretty scary. I’m not sure if I would want to kick the bucket and come back, even if it was for only a few seconds. It would be pretty crazy, because who knows what actually happens to you in those few seconds when your gone. I find out when Mario falls off the edge of a platform, he just gets right back up and continues his journey. I’m not too sure that I would be able to get up like that and go on like nothing ever happened!

Now that I think about it, I’m not too sure that I want that 1-up. Maybe I should just stay away from yellow question mark boxes if I ever see one. They are pretty suspicious now that I think about it!

Old vs. New School Gaming

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The way gaming is now is totally different than the way that it use to be.

Let’s face it, gaming now is cooler and has changed drastically from the way it use to be. Gamers can now take games on the go, interact with the games themselves, and literally put themselves in the game.

As an old school gamer, I’m not a fan of next-gen gaming. I think that it is getting away from the way games were meant to be played.

When you play a game, you want to sit down with your controller and run through a bunch of levels, and beat down the boss at the end, it was pretty easy.

You don’t want to get up and move your arms around in order to interact with the game, it is too much work. It also never works either. You end up trying to position yourself perfectly, and the game never even detects your movements. Sorry Microsoft Kinect, PlayStation Move and Wii, it’s the truth.

The original PlayStation and Super Nintendo got it right.

Their games were simple, easy to understand, and fun to play. There was no need for a strategy guide or any of that. You go from point A to point B and that is why those games were simple, but still so much fun to play.

Mario, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Sonic, Pac-Man and Street Fighter all revolutionized the video game world. That is why these popular titles are still around today. They had an easy, fun concept that gamers loved.

Don’t get me wrong, some of my favorite games that I play today are on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. I think the graphics and the online game play make gaming so much better. It brings people together, you can play and talk with a friend from halfway across that world, that is amazing!

All those feature are cool though, but that is not actual gaming, those are features.

Think about the time era that these systems came out in. I am not surprised that the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have the kind of graphics and gameplay features that they have now. Imagine if those old school systems had the same kind of technology benefit that we have now, it would be crazy!

Change may be good to some degree, but just remember where it all originated from.

Why The Xbox 720 (One) And PS4 Are Set To Fail

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Rumors are coming out that may change the video game world forever. But not in a right way. Microsoft and Sony are both considering banning the use of used games.

I said it, no more used games.

As an everyday gamer, used games are what save us gamers from struggling to scrap out sixty dollars whenever we want a new game. Don’t even get me started on how ridiculous sixty dollars for a match is already.

Microsoft and Sony’s plan is to make as much money as possible; money is all it is ever about.

Most of Game Stop and Play N Trade’s business is from buying used games for cheap and over selling them, so without used game they would lose a lot of profit. Also, don’t forget about the consumer, the typical gamer will get poorer as well. So it’s a win for Sony and Microsoft and a loss everyone else.

I just don’t get it. The Xbox 360 and the PS3 already have over the top graphics and lightning fast performance right now. I don’t see how much they can improve on.

Let’s not even get started on how these game industries are making consumers obtain an “online pass” to play online. Gamers who want to play online, have to buy the online pass to play online; it’s crazy.

I hope that this is just a rumor and is not going to turn into reality. If so the world of gaming will never be the same. It would finally show that it is all about the money, not for the gamer.

E3 2012 is taking place in June. We will see if any new details emerge.

(2016 update: my prediction was right!)