Contributing writer for The Artifice.
Junior Contributor I
The State of Game Creation Today
A trend that has always been present in the game making community is to look at whatever is popular and copy that in order to cash in on said popularity, before moving on to the next trend. This behavior is, to an extent, reinforced by the major publishers themselves, and often we will see many big games coming out around the same time that are all basically the same thing in terms of overall design, and sequels are abundant. However, despite publishers trying to tell gamers what they should be playing, and in many cases selling what are basically carbon copies of the same game each year, many games such as Undertale have come out recently that go completely against the grain and are still extremely well received. What sort of impact, if any, do you think that this obvious disparity between what gamers actually want, and what publishers think we want or want us to want, will have for the future of games in the coming year?
Dragonball Z was my first foray into the world of Anime, and honestly still holds a place in my heart. It may not exactly have the most in-depth story out there, and some of the more recent inclusions in the series may not be the highest of quality (though the specials are great), but it has heart to it, and is great fun to just sit and watch.
This is the thing that makes it hard for me to show my non-anime oriented friends some of my favorite series. A lot of the time if someone who is not familiar with Anime tropes is looking at some of the stuff I watch, they would probably think I was some sort of deviant with all the sparsely dressed women on screen, but hidden beneath the fan service there can be really good stuff! Gurren Lagann first comes to mind. Nothing too deep or philosophical, just something fun to watch with a good story.
Though I never had to read this book in high school, I had the opportunity to use it as optional reading for a college course, and am so glad I did. It is a masterful work, and something anyone who likes light fantasy mixed with some, at times, heavy social commentary would thoroughly enjoy. Great article!