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  1. The game begins with your avatar affirming that he is not a fictional character, but a real entity in a parallel dimension. He even goes on to explain how he will reinhabit his body whenever you stop playing your DreamCast. Tinker Bell gonna die if you don't clap. I'm interested in that framework, when the work of fiction insists that it is not fictional. What the motive is for it, when it is effective and how it influences role-play. I imagine that it is a way to tell the player "You are role-playing as yourself, playing this game but pretending that it is real." This context works for me enough to think it is surreal for the player to go through the apartment and burglarize it. Then the player has sex with fictional dude's wife, not only knowing that she thinks it is him, but after he has had an opportunity to mention it to her. I wonder what the motivation was for having script ready in the case that the player decides to sex the wife disingeniusly . I haven't played the game so I don't know if these issues are eventually addressed by the narrative. It got me thinking about how my play-decisions in morality simulations affect my view of myself and whether or not someone else's treatment of fictional characters affects my view of them. This seems like a topic specific to the medium of games.
  2. I don't know why, but there seem to be a lot of new people playing today. If you were ever considering trying this game out, this would be a better time to do so than most. It's still incredibly difficult and the community is typically venomous, but it is an incredibly deep and unique competitive shooter and Lords Management. If you do try it out for the first time, I recommend playing as Assault, or as Combat Girl and just killing bots as you follow around your teammates. By doing this, you'll get a better understanding of what all the pros are capable of and how games are won. Defense is incredibly important in this game (yet often ignored) so by killing bots in territory that your teammates are controlling, you can help your team and not get shouted at as much. The game has very high highs and very low lows. It's intense as far as competition goes. Don't forget it's free.
  3. I'll have to play those games with this concept in mind.
  4. That is a great example of what I am talking about. I'm also confused by my use of "ratio". I like thinking about them, so I must have just thrown that in out of habit. What I was trying to communicate was that I've begun to think of games with these question in mind "To what degree do the dynamics of the game seem similar to the aesthetic and vice versa? Are the dynamics making me operate with similar thought processes to that of the player-character?" An example of this would be Niko in Grand Theft Auto IV. As I walk around the world in that game, I see people everywhere, but the only way I know how to interact with them is to be violent. In this way, as a player, the dynamics of the game make me feel the way a former soldier from a foreign country may feel if he has been socialized in war and doesn't speak English very well. I would consider this specific relationship between dynamic and aesthetic to have a comparably high degree of similarity.
  5. Oculus rift

    Good point. I am imagining you 30 years from now, at the end of a documentary about the rise and fall of the Oculus Rift saying in a retrospective tone, "But what we found out was that we didn't need to change the hardware, we needed to change ourselves."
  6. Regarding your second point, I also thought this was a very interesting subject in the podcast. When Portal was used as an example, my ears unwaxed. I may be projecting my own philosophizing onto theirs, but I'm really interested in how a theme or aesthetic can interact with the dynamics of the game; specifically in examples where their relation seems complimentary and somewhat representational of each other. I think you may be talking more about the relationship between game space to explore and game mechanics to explore in your essay, but I focused more on their interest between mechanics and theme. If you are interested in this type of thing I think you may really enjoy this GDC talk Clint Hocking gave about where the meaning in games may lie. No pressure, it's over an hour long. If you are both curious and impatient, skip to the 14 minute mark. About to get really far out here: So when I take naps, I often notice that as I am half asleep, whatever procedure I have recently been concentrating on is being applied to somewhat random details of my life. An example would be that if I just spent an hour washing dishes and then I took a nap, my mind might begin thinking of ways to take the cats to the vet for their rabies shots by picking up the untreated cat, scrubbing it into a carrier, driving like hot running water to the vet and then parking at the vet the way I might place a dish to dry. I know that is confusing, I'm in the process of learning how to explain it to myself. This tendency of my naps to mix procedure (game dynamics) with details of my life (game aesthetics ) seems similar to the happenstance way that many games dynamics have aesthetic themes placed upon them. What I would consider more successful (and what I believe the Idle Thumbs cast was referencing during that reader mail) are when this marriage is between a dynamic which represents a seemingly valid perspective on the aesthetic theme or vice-versa. Portal is often the example that comes to mind. The player is solving a series of puzzles with prescripted solutions in order to slowly test their skill. This is also an accurate description of the theme. So I have begun thinking of game dynamics and game aesthetics in a ratio type of relationship. When they match, I get super excited. I want a word that refers to this quality. Another example which is far more ambiguous is Zoe Mode's Chime. Though there isn't a realistic association between influencing loops of music by fitting squares together and covering an area with solid blocks, the game suggests that relationship may be complimentary through it's confident execution. Its as if they are presenting me with an experience that I could believe a synthesete composer might have. I am really interested in this type of relationship, but haven't gotten to the point where I can describe it well.
  7. Oculus rift

    I think you may enjoy this relevant neogaf thread. The original poster hypothesizes that the Oculus Rift could remove the necessity of gameplay for many environments. I agree. I also think that your ideas of possible VR uses for people with little exposure to video games is a fun subject to brain-storm. It's some Philip K. Dick shit thinking about going to a travel agency during a lunch break and some dude with a calm voice saying, "To Pyongyang again?" picking up the oculus to put it on your head as you sit in a massage chair.
  8. New people: Read this, say hi.

    Just started looking at the podcast forums and realized that the conversation there was intriguing. I love listening to the podcast at work, makes me feel like I enjoy smart things.