Tag: game

Magically Scientific, Scientifically Magical: The Many Genres of Destiny

by Daniel Epperly

One of the most anticipated videogames to be released in several years was Destiny. Developed by Bungie, the studio that originally created the Halo franchise (though the Halo team split off several years ago and formed 343 Industries), and published by Activision, Destiny was awaited with eager, clamoring impatience by the world’s gaming community, but after its release the eagerness and excitement turned to frank disappointment, and even outrage. The perceived failings of Destiny have been discussed, theorized and argued about ever since, but even though it may be difficult to discuss the game at all without at least touching upon the game’s controversies, that is not the subject of this article.… Read the rest

Defining the Undefinable: What Constitutes a “Game?”

What defines a “game” has always been a tricky question for both gamers and non-gamers and there have been numerous titles that have been hotly debated as to their entitlement of the “game” label. This has been seen with “Animal Crossing, “The Sims,” “Journey,” and many, many other titles, and the debate touches further than on a surface layer. Some might argue, “who cares if some people call it a game, it still exists in its own right and why need a title to justify the existence of this program of 1’s and 0’s?” While this is an idealistic idea in theory, it ignores a very real and somewhat unfortunate side effect of sectioning off what is and what isn’t a game.… Read the rest