tylerjt

tylerjt

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Crafting in Video Games: How it has evolved

Crafting in video games specifically large scale ones like RPG’s are almost required now a days. It seems not only is crafting required in RPG’s but also adventure games such as Minecraft. Crafting is being used more and more as a game mechanic and it would be interesting to see how it has evolved over the years. To my knowledge the most unique form of crafting has been with Minecraft with it’s item placement.

  • There are a couple of things crafting does in video games, generally speaking: it forces the players (or rather, gives them cause) to look closer at the game world, and at more of it, in order to harvest or collect components. Rare ingredients, carefully placed, can inspire players to explore parts of the world they might not have bothered with otherwise. I find that I visually interact with the world differently (even in the same game) when I'm playing a character that harvests ingredients than when I'm playing a character who doesn't -- I look for different visual cues and go different places. But the actual making of things allows (usually) a player to custom-create items not otherwise available, or available in that form. Even changing the color of a cloak or shield can make a huge difference in terms of creating a visual that more closely represents the character you're playing, which matters tremendously for immersion. Customizing the game in any way adds to the experience overall, and extends game play. But the great thing about crafting is that (usually) it's a completely by-passable activity, for those who hate doing it. Best of both worlds. – Monique 5 years ago
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The Reboot of our Childhood: What Classic TV Show is Going to be Rebooted into a Movie Next?

With movies like Shaun the Sheep and The Jungle Book being slated for release later this year and the previous releases of movies like the Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles what classic movie or cartoon will get a reboot next? How many of our childhood TV shows will get the silver screen treatment and do we want any of them to be rebooted or remain fond memories of days gone by?

  • This is an interesting topic! Don't forget that shows, such as TMNT and Teen Titans, are drifting away from their original genres as well. TMNT and Teen Titans were action-adventure shows but their spin-offs have more comedy now. – YsabelGo 5 years ago
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Latest Comments

tylerjt

So true but I feel we are getting closer to being accepted not just based on the prevalence in Western society now but how much Japanese animation is interested in the North American market. Eventually anime may even be the foothold which bring even more Japanese culture to the west. But this is all hypothesis and grand ideas, nonetheless I hope it comes to fruition.

Perceptions of Maturity in Anime
tylerjt

I totally agree and feel this is how anime should be looked at first and foremost, but it is undeniable in some scenarios that people get lost at this step and lose interest. In some cases just from the culture shock alone people are confused and don’t want to watch anymore.

Perceptions of Maturity in Anime
tylerjt

For me personally I tend to steer away from the horror/gore anime but I will try to look at the first episode at least and see if I enjoy it.

Perceptions of Maturity in Anime
tylerjt

I understand by definition that maturity isn’t exactly accurate when referring to this kind of topic. I was using it the same way Otaku was used its not exactly the right term and is not completely accurate but it is still helpful in pointing the reader the general direction of the discussion. I do still appreciate your thoroughness on this article since this is my first article. I will keep this in mind when I right my next one.

Perceptions of Maturity in Anime
tylerjt

thanks for my first article this means a lot

Perceptions of Maturity in Anime
tylerjt

Loved reading this and enjoyed every point being made. I have the exact same problem getting my parents to watch any animated film, even the Disney films. Thank you for writing this article and I will pass the message on.

The "Just for Kids" Excuse: Analyzing Animation in Modern Entertainment
tylerjt

I really enjoyed reading this article since all I am hearing is all of the praise around From Soft’s games. This article might be the nail in the coffin telling me to get Bloodborne. I have seen very in depth discussions on gaming from Extra Credits on Youtube and they have recently started a series called Side Quest and they are looking at all of the aspects of Dark Souls both big and small. I suggest any fan of the series to go watch them and give your support.

Dark Souls: What Makes Gamers Endure the Pain?
tylerjt

Loved reading this article and I do sincerely agree that if you can manage having gaming in a virtual world be a side benefit and not as your entire life goal than you can live a prosperous life.

Video Games: The Ups and Downs of a Virtual World