- The Point Magazine | Call of Duty: Gaming and Reality in Modern Warfare by Joshua Casteel
Call of Duty and America’s Army both helped to redefine videogame realism.Attempting to surmount the stock villainy at work in predecessor games like Wolfenstein (i.e. Nazis, ghouls, aliens and other pseudo-human “undead”), Call of Duty simulates the infantry and combined-arms warfare of the Allied Forces, with distinct “campaigns” relative to American, British and Soviet forces. Enemy forces are still that monolithic, “other-than-us” opposition, but enemy actions are limited to historically plausible scenarios—a significant development in realistic gaming.
- The Escapist : Philosophy of Game Design – Part Two
To review from Part 1: Plato valued absolute truth, irrespective of player preferences, and so he argues that good games come from good developers. Aristotle had a slightly more pluralistic account of truth that was player-dependent, and so he argues that good games come from good players – and "good players" are skilled players who can beat difficult games.
For Part 2, we'll derive some additional philosophies from Aristotle's account – some more modern, mainstream player-centric theories that are all the rage right now.
- The Escapist : Philosophy of Game Design – Part Three
Before we look more closely at the philosophy of art (or "aesthetics") and games, let's just briefly consider some of the answers for that notorious question: "Are games art?"
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I’ve recently discovered that you can win a trophy for a game you’re playing, even if you are a loser.
I was awarded the trophy “Coward” in Heavy Rain after I failed to complete a scene as it was intended in the game and did not manage to get an important clue for the case.
Also, in Price of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, which I am playing right now and received the trophy “Floors Are For Losers” after I remained on the floor too long searching for an exit of a room.
I find the idea of making trophies for losers, brilliant. It is fun and it is motivating and hey, even if you suck you still get to have a trophy