The Realism Of Video Games

The Realism Of Video Games



The Realism Of Video Games
Remember the​ good old days of​ video games? Where cute,​ harmless and completely unbelievable and mythical characters would tackle zany adventure in​ make-believe worlds far away from our own? Those days are long gone,​ now .​
Because a​ great amount of​ video games now use real world places,​ events and people as​ their storylines and settings .​
Whereas before,​ video games were a​ tool used to​ escape reality through diversion,​ they are now extensions of​ the​ reality in​ which we​ live in​ .​
And depending on​ the​ game and the​ person playing it,​ that can be a​ good thing,​ or​ a​ very bad thing.
Take a​ look at​ one of​ the​ most popular video game franchises in​ history: Super Mario Bros .​
a​ plumber falls through a​ pipe and enters a​ world where he must rescue a​ princess,​ defeat and evil monster and navigate a​ world full of​ mushrooms,​ blocks,​ question marks and goombas .​
No matter how imaginative one’s imagination could be,​ there is​ simply no way that such an​ occurrence could happen in​ this world,​ like,​ for real .​
So,​ the​ illusion of​ the​ game remains intact.
Now,​ if​ you look at​ today’s video games for popular systems like the​ Microsoft Xbox 360 or​ the​ Sony Playstation Portable,​ you can clearly see that video games are now using real world issues as​ their premise .​
Of course,​ there are also a​ plethora of​ fantasy based video games and characters .​
But,​ more and more games are using Iraq as​ their setting rather than a​ mushroom kingdom .​
Now,​ if​ you look at​ video games through the​ past,​ and place yourself at​ the​ dawn of​ the​ home video game explosion – the​ early 1980s – it​ would be hard to​ imagine a​ video game dealing with,​ say for example,​ the​ Iran hostage crisis or​ the​ invasion of​ the​ Falkland Islands .​
But,​ today,​ there are many video games using current events as​ a​ fantasy gaming world.
There are many theories as​ to​ the​ dearth of​ reality-based video games .​
The improvement of​ video game graphics can makes it​ easier to​ make real world wars,​ conflicts and issues appear that much,​ more,​ real,​ on​ the​ screen .​
It could be that developing a​ video game based on​ the​ battle in​ Afghanistan is​ easier to​ develop than starting a​ game from scratch with new characters,​ settings,​ storylines,​ etc .​
Perhaps it’s a​ calculated effort to​ hone in​ on​ frustrated individuals who can’t really join the​ fight: battle those terrorist creeps that you hate so much from the​ comfort of​ your own home .​
In the​ latter instance,​ at​ least,​ it​ can make for a​ quick way to​ make a​ quick dollar.
Before,​ video games used to​ be an​ easily defined line between escape and realism .​
On one side,​ was life and the​ real world with all its problems and ailments,​ most of​ which you can’t control .​
On the​ other side was the​ gaming universe,​ where you are the​ ultimate master and are in​ total control .​
Idea: why not combine the​ two,​ and give a​ video game player the​ complete control that video games provide into a​ real world situation in​ which otherwise,​ they feel powerless?
It seems that today,​ a​ gamer can watch the​ news,​ get upset and then do something about it​ in​ the​ real world that exists inside their Playstation or​ Xbox .​
Now,​ whether or​ not that contributes anything of​ substance at​ all is​ a​ subject for another debate altogether.




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