On this episode of NTSOE, myself and Aaron Batten discuss the age old debate for gamers everywhere: Indie Gaming or Triple A Gaming?
Yes, after a near year of reviewing, I am finally reviewing rain. Condensation, what the hell is up with it? So moist and what not… Just joking with you, I’m actually reviewing the video game Rain. Just like my earlier review of Journey, Rain feels like another trail blazer for the more ‘artistic’ style of video game, focusing more on the visuals and the delivery of the story and less on the gameplay itself. While Journey may have done a better job than Rain in these regards, it is interesting to see that other games are following Journey’s success in creating a viable artistic video game genre.
There is a hot topic that is currently going around the world today. It can be found in both nerd circles, critic circles, and just about every point in between. That question is thus: ‘Can video games be called art?’. It is a big question, on the one hand video games at their most base level are animated drawings and images (for the most part). Not to mention that the vast majority of these video games in today’s age tell very intricate cinematic stories. Video games like BioShock, Uncharted, and The Last of Us tell very long and engaging stories just like an extended movie. So in a way, video games not only start out as art by drawing them but also include very dramatic and engaging stories like film, which is also considered art. But on the other hand there are many that would say that no, video games are not art. A lot of them site the more simplistic games like Candy Crush, Tetris, Pac-Man? Are they art? They don’t have a story and the graphics are not that artistic. Not to mention many find the whole concept of a ‘game’ to be art mind-boggling. Not to many people would consider the Monopoly board as art. Why should a video game get that privilege? In many ways, this argument kind of fits a generation gap as the older generation cannot conceive of a video game as ‘art’ while the younger generation sees the work that is put into them and says ‘hold the phone the art in this game is better than half the shit I’ve seen in an art gallery.’ Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Journey”