Archive for the 'Life' Category

We live Moment by Moment

I recently realised, whilst reading a review of a new computer game, what I am looking for in the games I spend so much time playing. It was what the review called Moments. Those times in the run of play, that give you a sense of being a part of something significant, of an unfolding epic. Whether its the clinching goal of a game of football, or the seconds before springing a surprise attack in a battle game. In these moments, you are caught up in the unfolding story, not just as a key player but as the chief protagonist.

The game has the job of establishing a story that you can become part of. When this is done well, it is inevitable that those momentary highs of enjoyment are delivered. And you discover that the game has inadvertantly become part of your life story, there is an emotional connection.

I was reminded of this again, when reading an article in the Times which told of games companies teaching their staff about classic story telling techniques:

“in an effort to introduce plot, character development and narrative tension to games. They had realised that although their games are addictive, few are emotionally compelling. I’ve never seen a computer game that made me cry” – Professor Jenkins of MIT.

More recently it has been collabortive multi-player experiences that have most moved me. A LAN halo 2 match, pitting three teams against each other, not only raises my adrenalin levels but also plays deeply with my emotions.

Game Experience Launches

Welcome to game experience, the place where you get to hear about every day people’s experience of the games they play. Offered as an alternative to overly technical game reviews, we are the soft voice¬†of the gamers here.

We reflect on a wide range of games, but always want to consider the implications for todays players and games. We want to reconnect the play experience, old and new, as fresh players approach their game time in new and imaginative ways.

If you are interested in writing for our merry band and are willing to be profiled for our statistics then reply to this post. You need to be able to write coherent emotive descriptions of experiences you have had with computer games, whilst drawing on the latest developments in the industry.