allisonhambrick

allisonhambrick

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    Are All Games Created Equally? What Constitutes a Serious Gamer? And Why Do We Make These Distinctions?

    Discuss why some people consider some games more "serious" than others. For example, games such as Animal Crossing and The Sims are often considered lower tier entertainment than more "difficult" games like, say, Call of Duty. Why do you think that is? How do sports games fit into the mix? Is it a problem of quality or is it subjective?

    • Might be an interesting topic, but it needs a bit more fleshing out. Start with writing a title which will point towards a specific angle from which the argument will develop. – Kaya 3 months ago
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    • The "seriousness" of the content in question is something that applies not only to video games, but just about every artistic creation. There are "serious" works of literature versus pulp fiction or "beach reads." With movies, there are gripping "Oscar-worthy" performances in comparison to light blockbuster fare. By sticking to the topic of video games, it would be good to narrow your topic's focus a bit more. In what ways do video games really illustrate people's perception of "serious" works versus those taken less seriously? – aprosaicpintofpisces 3 months ago
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    • This has the potential to generate a really interesting piece. I would recommend looking at how gaming has been portrayed in past decades, how it's portrayed now and how access to games has changed over the years. Were boys really the only players when video games first gained popularity? – Ryan 3 months ago
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    • This is a very interesting topic that will generate very good conversation, however it needs a bit more direction by which the writer can go towards.. what also needs to be considered is the link between the types of games played and those who play them. – abbeyferrer 3 months ago
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    allisonhambrick

    Thank you for writing this! You explain the connections between the traditional mythology and the Marvel mythology in such great detail. I think it is so interesting to discuss what makes someone worthy of Mjolnir and how that concept of worthiness evolved with time.

    Thor's Worthiness to Wield the Hammer
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    I think it’s a positive change that we are getting more long-running franchises because it allows for more significant character growth. That being said, origin stories appeal to us because they are more inherently relatable. Regardless of age, it’s easy to feel down and out, so Peter Parker gaining both powers and a new lease on life helps us feel like we can do the same. Beyond that, most origins end on a happy note, even when the middle is sad. These stories appeal to the child in all of us by giving us hope.

    The Superhero Origin... Again?
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    I think this is a great analysis of this issue; strong female characters are quickly becoming a negative archetype because they are seen as nothing more than a publicity stunt. Hopefully things will change soon.

    The Paradox of the Strong Female Character