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Video Games: Too Conservative? Not Enough Variety? Really?

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Enslaved:  Odyssey to the West

Source of News:  Kotaku, Mark Serrels, October 6, 2011

Article:  Does Hollywood Provide More Variety than Video Games

The author of this article is using the Enslaved: Odyssey to the West video game as an example of how conservative video games are. I played and reviewed Enslaved: Odyssey to the West awhile back on Mom's Minute.  I was impressed with the graphics, but the game did not place in my top ten because it seemed to be just a "regular" video game. To me, there was nothing special about this game.

It seems that my opinion of this video game has "come home to roost."  A video game publisher is  blaming the drop in sales of the Enslaved:  Odyssey to the West video game on the fact that  nothing new was being offered in this game. In other words, this video game continued to follow the same tried and true game plays of other video games, without innovations or changes.

Specifically, Tameem Antoniaes, the Chief Creative Officer at Ninja Theory is inferring that the current successful video games such as Gears of War, Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption are the templates, so to speak, of other new video games. 

He then talks about The King's Speech movie.  He questions if a video game publisher would take the chance of bringing out a video game based upon this movie  -- which is about someone with a speech impediment.

Looks like he is saying movies have more latitude to try different story lines when compared with video games.  His take is that so much is at stake, that publishers are very conservative in their approach to new and fresh ideas for  games.  There are far-reaching negative results if a video game fails.  

Here is another scene form Enslaved:  Odyssey to the West as well as a picture of the video game cover.

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Enslaved:  Odyssey to the West

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Enslaved:  Odyssey to the West video game cover

Ms. H take:  I think the Creative Officer is comparing apples with oranges when he tries to contrast the realm of possibilities of video games to that of movies. 

I think that games have to be interesting and exciting to the individual player in order to hold the video game player's attention.  Movies can use a certain theme, in order to bring out different emotions in people, for example, maybe one would feel empathy while watching the King's Speech.

However, on the other hand  if the King's Speech was a video game,  I think  in order for the game to be successful, there has to be challenges, puzzles, adventures, or something else in order to keep the video game player's interest. 

 Also, when considering the high cost of some of these games, I think it is in the video game companies' best interest,  from a bottom line perspective, to be sure that the video game player is getting his or her money's worth!

That being said, I do believe that some video games offer variety and are far from conservative, with some even delving into character development and more! The video game companies must be doing something right in order to gain an overall 1% increase in 2011 sales, over 2010, in a downed economy -- but that is another news story!

Ms. H Wrap-Up:  Just as movies evolved from their early beginnings to where they are now and probably will progress to in the future -- I believe that video games are also ever evolving as well. We may one day have video games that span the full gamut of movies, but it will take time.  Even if this does happen, the common factor I believe successful games must have, now as well as in the future, is entertainment value!

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Before saying goodbye, Mom's Minute would like to  send condolences to the family of Steve Jobs, Apple visionary, who fought courageously in his battle with cancer.  

Bye now,

Ms. H

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 November 2011 14:54

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Video Games: Rent Games from Netflix...I meant Qwikster!

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 Watch your movies and rent video games too! 

 Source of News:  The Technologizer, Jared Newman, September 19, 2011

 Article:  The Upside of Qwikster:  Video Games

 I am happy to announce to you that Netflix is entering the video game rental arena.  Apparently Netflix wants its share of the video game empire!  The company that will be providing both DVD and video game rental services is called Qwikster.

There's lots of talk about why Netflix would have a separate company, and of all the names available for choosing, why in the world would they pick a name such as Qwikster.

As you may know, Netflix instituted price changes not too long ago.  Could Qwikster be its response to the negativitiy these price changes produced?

Out of curiosity, I visited the Qwikster website and received the picture/message below.

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The words beneath Qwikster are "A Netflix Company".  So apparently the service is still in the works.  No projected date was given.

Here's how your video game rental may arrive or look.

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The author of the article states that he is dissatisfied with the long delivery times for both GameFly and Blockbuster video game rentals.  He is hoping with Qwikster as competition, the delivery times will improve, or else, he will simply move over to Qwikster.

Ms. H's take.  I believe that Netflix is accomplishing what it set out to do.  What better way to create buzz about its services than to name its company with a name people will either like or dislike.  Either way, people will probably talk about it.  

I read somewhere that no publicity is bad publicity.  It's when people stop talking that you might have problems.

Hopefully you are talking and saying good things about my Moms-Minute website!

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Ms. H

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So hopefully you all are talking, and saying good things about my Moms-Minute website!

My minute is up!  Thanks for visiting my website and come back soon!

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 Bye now,

Ms. H

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 November 2011 14:52

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Video Games: New Video Games are Out! Will You Get One?

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Spiderman:  Edge of Time -- Now Available!

Source of news:  SoHood Magazine.Com, October 4, 2011

Article:  Releases: NBA 2K12, Rage, Dark Souls, Spiderman

It is quite exciting to keep up with all the new video games that are coming out!   Here are the new video games out just this week, fresh from the developers to you!

First up is a new Spiderman game.  The full name of the game is Spiderman:  Edge of Time. Sounds like a movie to me.  Could it be that a movie is in the making?

In the new Spiderman video game, you will take on being both the classic Amazing Spiderman, as well as the 2099 Spiderman.

According to SoHood Magazine,  this game is action-packed.  You will have a challenging mission on your hands in trying to prevent a catastrophic future while  being in two different evolving timelines -- the present and the future! 

Here is what the cover of the game may look like.

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Spiderman:  Edge of Time

The second game in the line up of new video games out this week is NBA2K12. Did you know NBA2K11 sold over 5 million copies worldwide?  That is quite an accomplishment in video game sales!  With NBA2K12, you can expect to have even more fun in determining who are the best teams and players of all time!

Here are the covers for the NBA2K12 game.

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NBA2K12 video game covers

I'm not familiar with the next two games, but they are Rage and Dark Souls. I have scenes from these games below. 

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Dark Souls

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Rage

Dark Souls is a strategy based game while the mission of Rage is to save human kind.

Ms. H's take:  With all these new video games coming out now, I'm very interested to see what other video game offerings will be available to us as we get closer to the Christmas season --  when video game buying (and playing) may shift into full gear!

My minute is up!  Here's to happy video game playing!

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Bye now,

Ms. H

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 November 2011 14:54

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Video Games: Want to Get Saved from Aliens? Call Rochard!

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Rochard:  Available September 27, 2011 (Now!)

Source of News:  Artic StartUp, S. Khan, September 28, 2011

Article:  Rochard is the New Space Hero Protecting Us From Aliens!

Just released is a video game available to play on the PlayStation 3.  Sony Online Entertainment and Finnish Recoil Games bring you an alien fighting hero who goes by the name of John Rochard. Rochard is an astro-miner whose mission is to save earth from evil aliens!

According to the author of the article, this is not simply a side scrolling game where the hero fights aliens with various weapons.  There's much more including puzzles to solve along the way. Rochard even has a side kick alien annihilator.

Here is a picture of the puzzle solving play mode.

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The premise of the story is Rochard finds a valuable artifact in space.  Since this artifact is extremely valuable, other forces are interested in taking it for their own.  Of course,  then the struggle to get or to retain the artifact becomes the basis for the fights, etc.

Here is a picture of John Rochard, better known as the "Alien Fighter."

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Ms. H's take: I watched a short preview of this game located on the  original article which gave me a flavor of what to expect in this game. But as you know, watching and playing the game are two different things!

From what I see, this game has cartoon type graphics and lots of color combinations. This particular video game is not familiar to me, but according to the author it has been well anticipated.

I mentioned earlier that this game has puzzles for you to solve.  Speaking of puzzles, it puzzles me that a game company would only make a game playable on  one system.  For example this game, which is already out, is available for play on the PS3 only, and is currently not available for other game systems.  

To me and the rest of the non-PS3 owners, I guess we will either have to get a PS3 if we want to play this game, or depend on the kindness of others to let us know how they like it. 

That being said, there's nothing like playing the game for yourself!  Eventually Rochard may expand to other gaming platforms, so we all can play it, either for its entertainment value or just to decide for ourselves whether or not we like this game.

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Bye now.  Until next time,

Ms. H

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 November 2011 14:52

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Video Games: A Scientific Video Game! Show Your Smarts!

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Foldit:  An online scientific video game!

Source of News:  Futurity.org, Science and Technology, Posted by Leila Gray, September 29, 2011

Article:  Gamers succeed where Scientists Fail

In my quest to bring you interesting and exciting video game news, I could not wait to share this news with you!  Looks like the intelligent minds of smart video game players were very beneficial in helping to solve a scientific problem.

Have you ever heard of Foldit?  Foldit is a new on-line computer game that lets you contribute to important scientific research.  It is  a science based game dealing with molecules, proteins, enzymes, and topics of that nature.   The game was created by computer scientists from the University of Washington in association with Baker Lab.

What is the news here?  When after many years, scientists were unable to put together the structure of an enzyme from an Aids-like virus -- Foldit players were called in.  Amazingly, within only three weeks, the Foldit players were able to put together an accurate model of the enzyme!

Ms. H's take.  With the far-reaching implications of this discovery, I'm surprised this achievement did not get more wide-spread press coverage!  I believe it is scientific, including medical research that form the bases for finding cures for diseases as well as ways to help us remain healthy and productive members of society.  Not to be too deep, but I am really impressed by this discovery by video game players!  Congrats!!

Here is a picture regarding the Foldit online computer game.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 November 2011 14:53

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