Most videogames are made for competition, whether it is indirect competition for high scores at the arcade, or fighting your friends side by side or online. There is no denying the popularity of multiplayer. But one organization takes competition to the next step, and that’s Major League Gaming, or MLG. People from all over the world take part in MLG tournaments, which host a variety of different games on both console and PC platforms. Popular titles include Starcraft II, Halo, Call of Duty, and League of Legends, though each tournament (one for every season of the year) hosts different games.
While I’m not a very competitive person, I do have some experience with the MLG culture. … Read the rest
It’s no secret that the Grand Theft Auto series is aimed at a male demographic. All of the protagonists correspond to the grizzled, hyper-masculine image of a hardened criminal, and female prostitutes have been a staple of the game since the beginning. Women may be present as side characters, but even as side characters they generally get less of the spotlight. From what little I know of games pertaining to the criminal underworld, the lack of a positive (or influential) influence isn’t abnormal.
But why isn’t it abnormal? Cultural presumptions, surely. Films like Scarface, The Godfather, and Goodfellas, the basis for these kinds of games, are male-centric.… Read the rest
Rhythm games notwithstanding, music is one of the most important (but underrated) aspects of almost every game. Each unique soundtrack to a game (or even usage of a licensed song) brings with it a bevy of moments to engage the player. For example, as enjoyable as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is, one of the most important parts of that game is the first time it is ever played. While the main theme is present throughout the game proper, sitting on the main menu for three to four minutes to hear that song is both massively enjoyable and perfect for getting the player in the right mood to play that game.… Read the rest