Another term, another blog. But this time around, we be gamin’.
Well, maybe not so great.
While there are far nobler blogs out there in cyberspace dedicated to solving world hunger or abolishing meat-eating, and more original topics that I could take advantage of (although erecting a giant AT-AT would, surprisingly, not be an original topic, so I could be wrong about this) I’m out to create yet another blog that discusses the wide world of video games.
Despite the apparent frivolity of this blog, there’s a good chance that you will be more interested in it (or at least another gaming blog that is better written by someone more knowledgeable than myself) than a PETA, Greenpeace or Habitat for Humanity blog. And you should be ashamed of yourself. But it’s only natural. After all, animal rights, environmental preservation and poverty are heavy, serious matters. Gaming allows you to escape all of that, at least for a moment. Gaming—whether it be video gaming, board gaming, card gaming, etc.—is fun, and almost all of us are interested in it, or at least connected to it in some way.
But are video games only important to us as a form of escapist technology? Do they offer something more socially, academically or artistically? Video games are certainly influential economically, as the industry rakes in billions of dollars annually, so there must be more to them, right?
(Immediately I think of the most successful television series currently running—Two and a Half Men—and already this logic sounds foolish. But nonetheless…)
This blog is a class project for the University of Waterloo‘s English 794 “Video Game Theory” course, and will examine the above questions as the term (which runs from May-August 2011) continues. Some topics, such as the artistic merit of video games and the presence of narrative of video games, have already been talked about in-class, and I hope to reflect upon those discussions here shortly.
What else can you look forward to? Well, game reviews and reading responses to be sure (since this is, after all, a class project), but I will also be collecting useful or interesting articles and videos that I find online in the right-hand navigation column of this page. I will also be updating a Twitter feed, which you can follow right here on my blog, or through Twitter (obviously): @DyldeGamer