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Drewby

Drewby

Male, 26 years old, lives in Australia

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Drewby

If you could buy two of the new gaming consoles (PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U), what two would you buy and which one would you not bother with and why? This has relevance to a piece I'm currently working on and if the feedback is good I'll use it.

Hirami
  • Dec 4, 2013, 2:31:13 PM
Hirami

I'd pick 2 Wii Us and use the second as a present.

I like the Wii more than the other consoles, because "normal" Games can be played on the PC too...

(But I never really was a console gamer, so.. whatever ^^")

Toddster
  • Dec 5, 2013, 9:19:03 AM
Toddster

PS4 and X1. Love all the exclusives from Sony, and all the third party/indie games I'd also get for the PS4. Would be good to be able to play Halo and Titanfall on the X1.

Drewby
  • Dec 8, 2013, 2:40:14 PM
Drewby

Cheers for the feedback, guys!

Drewby
Get to know Blogger Drew Agnew

Age: 19

Hobbies & Interests:

  • Gaming
  • Music
  • Drumming
  • Soccer
  • Running
  • Shooting
  • Animals
  • Writing

A. I have always had strong opinions regarding the gaming industry. Whether it was discussing games with friends during High School or with strangers over the internet, I loved being able to voice my opinion and hear other people’s take on certain topics. I quite often listened to IGN podcasts where the editors on the site would encourage people passionate about gaming to start blogging about video games. So in my last year of High School I wrote about video games whenever I got the opportunity and wrote two articles, one about video games as an entertainment medium and the other about Nintendo’s relevance in the future. I uploaded the two articles to the blog section of IGN and the feedback was quite positive. Comments such as ‘’Great article, I can tell you put a lot of thought into writing this’’ and ‘’this is by far one of the best post I have read this year. Keep up the good work’’ really gave me a warm feeling and gave me the desire to start writing even more. I eventually decided on creating my own blog over via Blogger because it gave me full controller over how my page appeared and access to an abundance of statistics. This was my page, a page I can put my thoughts into and evolve over time. I think what excites me the most, is that I know what my blog could potentially become.

Just the beginning!

A. These types of questions are normally answered with the game that got that particular person into gaming in the first place, and for me it’s no different. My favorite game(s) are Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire for the Game Boy Advance. These games are so nostalgic to me, they remind me of simpler times where my friends and I stayed up late with nothing more than our GBA’s bright screen illuminating the room. Though these games are more than a trip down nostalgia lane, I still find them fun to play to this day. I think this has something to do with the Pokémon franchise as a whole and the fact that it appeals to such a wide audience. The first time I played through the game I only trained a Swampert that I received at the start of the adventure (noob), now when I play it I make sure each Pokémon in my party is a different type and has a good nature and move set. It is the different levels of depths you are able to play these games at which keeps older people playing, and I think that is genius design.

<3

A. Whether ‘’revolutionised’’ is the right word for it, I think Super Mario 64 was a huge step in the evolution of video games. At the time the franchise has only been played in 2D and now with the added power of the Nintendo 64 Mario and the world around him could finally become full 3D. This completely changed the games mechanics and shown the world what games could become. It was also a fantastic show piece for the analogy stick on the 64’s controller, a feature that was included on every controller that followed it.

Look at the view from the top of the castle, it goes on for meters...

A. I can’t narrow it down to just one because I think it is important to play a variety of games, but RPG’s, platformers and action adventure games seem to be what takes a lot of my time.

A. (Laughs) Who wouldn't like to make a profit out of doing something they love? Though what I am concentrating on right now is developing my skills to make Life’s a Game the best I possibly can. The opportunity may arise where it could potentially make a profit, but right now it isn't a priority.

A. At the moment I have a Facebook page where I post links to my articles and other information or news regarding Life’s a Game. I also post stuff I write on other services such as My IGN and forums like Another-Castle. Although, the likes on my Facebook page is the only way I can gage who is following the blog, so you all should get over there and click the Like button!

This is as far as my advertising has gone so far

A. Right now I am in the early days of running a blog, so in five years I hope to see the quality in my writing and content drastically improved. I find it difficult to balance everything else in my life with getting content on my blog regularly, so posting articles, features, etc on my blog weekly is an area I would like to see myself improve in. I am also looking at branching out to Youtube, so something interesting should come out of that!

A. Who knows! (Laughs) Though with my farming background it will most likely be something in the field of agriculture.

A. Gaming has had a huge influence on my personal life. From the people I associate with to the clothes I wear, the passion I have for video games is a big part of who I am. The fact I blog about video games speaks for itself!

A. 10 years is such a long time, especially where technology is concerned. It’s hard to say at this stage, seeing as next gen hardware is just around the corner, but I suspect:

· Everything will be digital only, no discs or carts
· Dedicated gaming handhelds are still a thing, if not a lot different

I really don’t have any more, it will be interesting to see how the next 2 years will play out let alone 10!

A. A gaming platform is nothing if it doesn't have a strong game library to back it up. In my opinion the platform with the most unique and quality game library is found on the 3DS. It is funny to think that this system had such a slow start with its first must play games coming out months after the devices launch. Though when things started to gain traction the amount of great games exploded. Games like Super Mario 3D Land, Kid Icarus, Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem and Star Fox are only available on 3DS, you won’t find anything like them on other platforms, and I think that is truly special. Also with Pokémon X & Y and Zelda: Link Between Worlds coming this year, things aren't slowing down anytime soon!

A. Unlike movies and books, video games are a relatively new medium. Only in the last decade have we seen gaming caterer to mature audiences and I think people unfamiliar with video games feel uncomfortable seeing violence from this perspective. If parents follow the rating system and only buy their children age appropriate games, violence won’t be an issue.

A. I do believe that video games are a form of art. Today modern video games cost millions of dollars to develop and many different forms of art are in games. The soundtrack, character design, environment design, game mechanics, scripted voice acting and many more are examples of art in video games. It all adds up to an experience that no other medium can offer. Although, I do believe people often lose sight of what games are all about. Games are to be enjoyed. Simple. They’re not to be looked at from a distance, they’re meant to be explored with all hands on deck. If a game isn't fun or enjoyable it is a waste of space.

A screenshot from Okami HD looks like a beautiful painting

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Josiahfied

Friday is finally here!! @Drewby, he's a video game blogger and his posts are a fantastic read for any gamer. I'd suggest to give his nook a follow as well!

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Elloa
  • Nov 15, 2013, 7:38:00 AM
Elloa

+1 His last article was really a good read

Drewby
Why video games are the ultimate entertainment medium

Within the United States alone, there are 211 million people who consider themselves gamers. These individuals regularly play video games, indulge in its culture and make it a large part of their daily lives. The types of experiences video games can offer gamers is vast and leads to many different preferences and opinions of what makes a good video game. As a passionate gamer who actively plays and discuss them with friends, I have my own opinions of what makes an excellent game. While I love that games are a fun and pleasant way to spend free time, the three reasons I love video games and consider them as a hobby is; unlike a book or film you’re able to interact with a ‘living, breathing’ world resulting in engaging and immersive storytelling, they encourage social connectivity both in the same room and online, and are a combination of many different art forms such as literature and painting. Although people who aren’t familiar with video games may not see them from this perspective and simply view them as wasting time. This misunderstanding leads to incorrect stereotyping and has unfortunately resulted in them being viewed simply as children’s entertainment and for geeky antisocial teenagers. This poor attitude towards gaming is largely a result of how relatively young video games are compared to other mediums such as books and film. But once society becomes better educated and understands the positive aspects of games, video games will become accepted in our community as the powerful medium it is.

Don’t pay attention to the stereotypes; this is not your average gamer

Any type of medium can tell a good story, but none can give the same sense of importance and interaction in quite the same way as a well crafted narrative in a video game. Whether it is a TV series, anime, book or film, you are the bystander of someone else’s story. You can’t affect the outcome in any way, shape or form. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, a story becomes much more engaging if the onlooker has a personal connection. Due to the interactive nature of video games, storytelling can take on a whole new meaning. The ability to interact with characters and environments allows the player to feel truly immersed in that particular world. Other unique qualities video games have is the option for gamers to make decisions that have an overall effect on the characters and environment around you. A great example of this is Infamous, a game were you play as Cole, a man with super powers. During the course of the narrative you are able to choose how you use these powers, for good or bad. Your decisions effect the whole world around you and even the final outcome of the game. No other medium can achieve this interaction. It is unique to video games, and that is why video games are my favorite way to lose myself in a tremendous story.

Whether you want to be a hero or villain, it’s up to you. This is your story

When it comes to stereotypes about video games, gaming causing antisocial behavior is usually at the top of the list. While spending an obsessive amount of time glued to a screen isn’t socially active, video games can quite often have the opposite effect and bring people together. Since the early days of gaming, friends have gotten together and had fun by playing games. Whether it be for unwinding after a day of work or to celebrate someone’s birthday, gaming is a great way for people to meet up, mingle and enjoy themselves. With the introduction of the Wii six years ago, games can now have a more ‘casual’ approach thanks to motion controls, allowing people who aren’t necessarily familiar with video games to pick up a controller and have fun. A feature that has been improved in the last few years is the use of the internet to chat and play other gamers across the world. You can play people in your town, country and anywhere in the world. Even though online gaming is often considered even more antisocial than regular gaming, it can be used as a means of communication between people who can’t meet each other to play games. Xbox Live, an online service for the Xbox 360 allows you to talk to and play games with gamers all over the world. Online gaming has quickly become a social portal to playing games, with friends and strangers alike. Having more people to play games with is never a bad thing. As technologies advance and developers imagine new ways to connect people through games, the social aspect of video games will only grow. With their upcoming home console the Wii U, Nintendo plans to launch an online service called Miiverse. Miiverse is essentially the gamer’s answer to Facebook. While the people on Facebook talk about a vast range of topics such as politics, movies and daily life, Miiverse aims to become the place where gamers talk games & share achievements. This will be an intuitive step in the right direction to enhancing social connectivity in video games. I enjoy playing games like Super Smash Brothers and Mario Kart with friends, games that are competitive but still make us laugh together. While I don’t play games online, I look forward to using Miiverse on the Wii U later this year.

Playing video games with friends and family can be an enjoyable way to interact and have fun with one another

‘’To me games are like the ultimate art form. It’s just the ultimate medium. I mean, it’s the sum total of every expressive medium of all time made interactive. Like how is that not… It’s awesome! ’’. This is how Phil Fish, the creator of the indie hit, Fez, expresses his feelings about video games in the documentary Indie Game: The Movie. To me this is exactly how I feel about video games as an art form. Visual style, story script, music, gameplay mechanics, and levels design are some aspects borrowed from other mediums like creative art, literature and film. The art style used in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was inspired by 19th century French painter Monet, while Gravity Rush’s style was inspired by the work of Bande Dessinee comic artists. Many video game developers have turned towards artists for inspiration. The Uncharted series takes inspiration from action adventure movies such as Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones, which makes for an engaging cinematic experience. The series includes all aspects that make for a good movie. Compelling story, interesting characters and dramatic camera angles, but the difference is that it is a video game, meaning it’s interactive. This enables the player to become much more immersed in the events that take place during the game. Okami released back in 2006, is a perfect example of what stunning art direction, compelling storytelling and unique gameplay mechanics can achieve. The game is based upon Japanese folklore and the art style uses a combination of sumi-e and cel-shading techniques, resulting in a stunning Japanese canvas painting look. The protagonist is Amaterasu, the Shinto sun goddess in the form of a white wolf. You ‘embark’ on an adventure to vanquish evil from the land of Nippon and restore the land. The main gameplay mechanic used in Okami is the ‘Celestial Brush’ which allows Amaterasu to draw in missing objects or items used for combat. Okami is the ultimate example of what video games can achieve as an art form. A beautiful art style, compelling story, unique mechanics and interesting characters and setting make for a wonderful experience and it really shows what games can achieve when all aspects of art and gameplay are harmonious.

With a stunning visual style, compelling story and unique mechanics, Okami truly shows what video games can achieve as an interactive art form

Video games are the ultimate medium for delivering engaging narrative, social connectivity and artistic creativity. While not everyone is familiar with the benefits gaming can give them, if people keep an open mind and give them a go, they will understand why millions of people around the world love to play video games.

Life's a Game: Why video games are the ultimate entertainment medium
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Drewby
  • Nov 10, 2013, 5:35:53 PM
Drewby

Cheers man! I'm still yet to play Bastion, it's still sitting in my Steam library. Better do something about it soon. :P

Josiahfied
  • Nov 13, 2013, 8:46:57 AM
Josiahfied

Ooooh so worth it! Check out the game page, I've been posting a lot of stuff. The artwork for the game is fantastic.

Josiahfied
  • Nov 13, 2013, 8:52:18 AM
Josiahfied

Also @Drewby the soundtrack is my favourite ever. Check it out: youtube.com/watch/?v=hMBLXyVJy8Y&list=PLC26D4FE16FA60595, should link to track 3 (my fav!)

Drewby posted to Life's a Game
Drewby

First of all I would like to say how friendly this community is. I only started out today and already feel at home. So much so I have decided to make a Nook to represent my blog ''Life's a Game'' which I am currently working on. Please feel free to have a look and stop for a chat. :D

Elloa
  • Nov 10, 2013, 5:13:28 PM
Elloa

Hard to say. i've been part of so many project (that all ended with the blog removed. I've lost so many articles) I started as Roleplayer journalist in WOW back in 2005/2006 in french (my native language). Then when I moved in the international community I started shyly to participate to other Roleplay project in English. Unfortunately for me, my knowledge of the language is still limited, so my writting is never really fancy :)

Lonrem
  • Nov 10, 2013, 8:31:07 PM
Lonrem

@Drewby Awesome! I'll definitely give that blog a look over. :D

evol0monky6666
  • Nov 11, 2013, 4:11:58 AM
evol0monky6666

There is a reason the slogan for this site is "Welcome home gamer" :)