Archive | April 2013

Announcements:

So i’m pretty sure many of you all have noticed the spasmodic nature of my posts and are mildly annoyed by it. I know I am. I believe an explanation is due regardless that this is a minor detail. See, the thing is, Lately, i’ve been having technology issues (Broken Computer). Also, I’ve been searching for a new web-hosting site that allows easier editing, but lately, there’s been no success. (if anyone knows of any it would be greatly appreciated). If you do enjoy my content please tell me in the feedbacks… Which brings me to my second point:

COMMENTS:

Many of you have expressed your compliments of the site in the comments section, however, as much as I enjoy hearing your feedback, this is not the place to place your concerns or compliments. It is for the discussion of the topic at hand. I have several of your comments in my Comment Inbox labeled as “Spam.” I do not regard your comments as such, but they are not relevent to the topic. Please do use the feedback device. I can only learn from you all how to improve my site. But again, I do appreciate your feedback and I read it all… just a housekeeping concern is all.

AUTHORS:

To help keep content coming that is both well-written and constant, I ask for some contributors to help with the site. I need good and opinionated writers to fit the needs of B Game Station. Besides I enjoy not being alone in this endeavour. To apply, send email me a good article that you have written regarding video games. All of the good ones will be posted, and I’ll later decide who will be my contributors. sirbrucian@gmail.com

DONATIONS:

Ok, ok, so i know people hate giving money of any amount, and I hate begging as well, but we all know that to keep and maintain the site,  a little cash would really come in handy. I plan on finding things to sell to raise some funds, but lately, I’m having some brainstorming issues. But the thing about donating, is that you will earn a spot in the sponsors place on the site. This will allow the donor’s opinions to be taken into high consideration in the writing process.

I know this is a lot to take in, but I know you all can handle it! Please do your part to help support this up-and-coming site!

 

With Best wishes and hope for the future,

Sir_Brucian

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Cinematic Gameplay

There are few games that strive to be near cinematic in gameplay and cut-scenes more than Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception. This was the first game I played on PS3 and still it’s one of my favorite games. The graphics are amazing, the storyline was epic, and the gameplay was well-oriented. It was quite the introduction to the PS3. What stuck most about the game was the general effect it left with me: The game gave the illusion that you were “Playing a movie” as I’ve heard it described. Throughout the game, the line between cut-scene and gameplay was blurred with film-like camera angles and effects.

This isn’t the only game that has utilized the cinematic gameplay. Since ’08, the Call of Duty franchise has been instituting more cinematic gameplay on their campaigns, making the games far more enjoyable than they have been in the past. Though I haven’t personally played it, I’ve heard that Battlefield 3 also has some dizzying gameplay; actually, in the trailer for Battlefield 4 showed ten minutes of gameplay that seemed like a movie. The games above are all highly successful, winning awards for their gameplay, graphics, music, and playability. It reflects quite well on the use of cinematic gameplay and I sense that their example will be followed far into the future. Battlefield 4, as I said uses it; I suspect that the rumored Modern Warfare 4 would use it, and (if it will exist) Uncharted 4 will most certainly use it.

These games are on my wish list and if any more games like that come up, I’ll be sure to check them out. You guys should suggest some in the comments. I’d be greatly appreciative.

I’m Anxious for Opinions!

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Video Games, Grades, and Violence

If you ask most any modern parent, they’d tell you that video games are making kids dumb and cognitively slower. Hours of being in a state of unawareness and unresponsiveness could not possibly be good for kids. The violence that is endorsed in some games can be heavily influential in a child’s upbringing and can easily be blamed for the high crime rate in the world today. Is this true? Any gamer who is faced with this question will instantly answer no, but on what grounds? The grounds that they themselves have not been overly influenced by games, but does that apply to everyone? Of course not. Everyone is different. Studies have shown that hyper-violent video games affect children by making them more aggressive and irrational. Studies have also shown that several hours on video games noticeably decreases children’s’ test scores. however, Studies have also shown the converse of both assumptions. How can we reconcile the two opposites?

We first have to look at the studies. I, for one do not see studies against video games as a fair way to learn the effects, but many others do. Unfortunately, the results of the studies may be somewhat, if not greatly skewed. Why? because who pays for these studies? The majority of the time, they are funded by either side of the spectrum: the Gaming companies, or the Anti-violence conservative groups against video games (these groups are also lobby for laws restricting or regulation internet use). Here, I tip-toe in the boiling pool that is politics, but i tread with care. Anyway, the studies are almost never sponsored by a neutral party, and are therefore, on the whole, unreliable. The only way to honestly tell is by watching from afar at each video gaming individual – a task that is immoral, impossible, and unlikely to sit well with anyone.

The other thing is, that games do not always negatively affect a student’s grades. Of course, if someone spends the majority of their waking hours playing video games, and not studying, they’d probably get lower scores. But I, a moderate gamer, have learned much from games. For example; the Assassin’s Creed series contains alot of accurate historical information – information that greatly helped me in my AP World History class. The same with Call of Duty: Black Ops, the game contains many accurate historical figures, and events. Though this cannot be said for all games, these two popular games are somewhat educational. For more examples on why video games are not bad, see link here: http://gamer-madness.com/2013/03/12/5-health-benefits-of-playing-video-games/

I’m anxious for opinions!

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Multiplayer or Single Player

Some people play games for the joy of the storyline and gameplay that it contains – I’ve heard it described as “playing a movie.” Other gamers prefer playing and competing with friends. Games like Assassins Creed and God of War are more for the former grouping. These games are centered on storyline and either contain a low end, or completely lack a multiplayer mode. In fact, God of War Ascension is the first GOW with a multiplayer mode at all. As for the multiplayer games, Call of Duty and Halo both have remarkable storylines, but also pride themselves on their advanced multiplayer gameplay. I once played a game called MAG which is only multiplayer and has no story or campaign mode. I, myself generally keep a health balance between the two.

Frankly, more people play multiplayer for longer periods, for obvious reasons. In a single player campaign, there is a finite amount of things to do, even in open world games like Skyrim and Saints row.  Some games offer multiplayer campaigns, but I’ve never played one before, so I can’t give opinions on it. Some Call of Duty players I know say that they haven’t even finished the campaign yet, even though they’ve prestiged twice. In Zombies mode on Black Ops is never ending, even though there is technically a storyline, still most people play it more than campaign.

Does anyone else have a specific preference? Multiplayer or Single player? I’m available for a game sometime!

 

I’m Anxious for opinions!

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First Person vs. Third Person

I don’t know about most of you all, but I was raised playing 3rd person shooters as opposed to the 1st person shooter. My first was Star Wars: Battlefront, which, to this day, is still one of my favorites. The thing that attracted me to the TPS (Third Person Shooter) was the ability to view your entire character, and the ability to look around corners without being exposed. Games like SOCCOM and Battlefront mildly require such visibility to complete objectives and fully get the experience of the game. I enjoyed watching my character move around and fire. Aiming down the sights while in Third Person would transfer into the ambiguous “second person” which is a view from behind the player’s left or right ear. When looking through a sniper scope, the view looks the same as First Person

Later in my gaming life, I acquired my first first-person-shooter; Medal of Honor. Now I was new to the FPS, but I soon got used to the lack of visibility and full view. This mad me shoot far more accurately and gave a life-like experience of warfare. Since then, I have stuck with the FPS, going to Call of Duty and more medal of honor. When I came back to the TPS, it was extremely difficult to get back in the swing of things. For some reason, The FPS was better for me.

What do you all think? I’m sure many of you will choose FPS games, but still I want to know if people are still on the TPS. Vote here and don’t forget to send feedback!

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BGamestation Road to E3

I’m sure you all have heard of the gaming convention in Los Angeles, California, E3 – on of the single largest, most prestigious event in the gaming community. The event occurs every year and includes hundreds of gaming companies such as Activision Blizard and Ubisoft, who exhibit upcoming release trailers, lectures on content, and even exclusive demonstrations. E3, however, is not open to the general public. Tickets are only available to members of companies with exhibits at the Expo, or companies that provide media coverage, i.e. news papers, bloggers, and other reporters.

BGameStation may qualify to have members that attend. The problem is, they may not accept my registration because this is not a relatively popular site. That’s where you come in. Though not in full fairness, websites are not measured by the quality of content, but by the size of its fan base. I am looking for ways to increase the number of fans this site has, but I can’t do this alone! My budget is low and before I am prepared to invest more into this site, I need to know that I have the support to back me up. When you attract people to the site, I will have more time to increase the quality of my content.

In case you’re wondering, no, I am not begging for people to invest their time into my up-and-coming blog. I’m mearly encouraging my readers to promote the site. I wish to establish BGameStation as a clear and thorough blog that is both informational and opinionated.

In addition, I am currently searching for contributors that can provide a more frequent and diverse stream of opinions and information. This is a chance for the site to gain sponsors and followers. Please message or email me for details about joining.

Below, you can see two new things in my posts, 1) The PayPal donation link. This is to raise money for the site and to provide updates. Though, of course, donations are not required, they are requested and highly appreciated. If you enjoy the content, than be sure to show your support by clicking the donate button. That way, you ensure that the content you cherish will remain in the future.

2) is the feedback request. To make this site better, I highly recommend that you submit your feedback on the post and the site in general. I promise to read everything and try to take it all into consideration. After all, the people are most important when running a site like this.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I do hope to attend E3 in the coming years in the name of BGS, but that cannot be possible without your support.

With warmest regards

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Game Ratings (ESRB)

Has anyone ever looked at a game rating, played it, and looked at the game rating again, this time in disbelief? If you’re like me, than yes you have done this many times. The way ESRB rates games is annoying, and just simply useless. Ratings C through A is a very unneeded way to rank games.

C (children 3+) is probably the stupidest. what child of three actually knows how to handle mechanics of a console game? I can still trick my 3-year-old nephew into thinking he’s playing with me when there is only one controller! In addition, I  have never seen a C rated game in my life, and if there is, I’m sure it’s on the leap  frog system or something only toddlers use.

E (Everyone) and E10+ is also really pointless. E is defined as 6+. If there is a rating called “Everyone” than why is there a C? it seems very redundant. Some games that are rated E10 are done so for “comic mischief.” What the hell is that? Cartoons getting in trouble? Have you seen Tom and Jerry? On that show, they literally blow eachother up every other episode, and it is a kids show! In addition to that, my 7-year-old cousins are rocking Battlefield 3, AvP, and Black Ops 2 (All rated M). More proof that these ratings are in fact useless.

T for Teen is the least stupid of all the ratings. When I was eight and nine, my protective parents scrutinized the game ratings and if they were rated T, they sat and watched me play to see if it was “Appropriate.” My parents flipped out when there was a simple “hell” or “Damn” it was insane. sometimes they would look at the rating and instantly decide that the game was inappropriate. Things that make a game rated T is the single use of the word “Shit”. Just as in movie ratings. there is a simple line that movies and games cannot cross, the “S word” being one of them. Teen games also cannot contain much drugs or they would be rated M. This is another thing I hate about the rating system. Theoretically speaking a game can be bumped up from E to M if all the characters suddenly started smoking weed. It’s an imperfect system.

M for mature is not a truly fair rating, as it directly translates into 17+. However, as stated before, my cousins who are 10 years younger than that limit are constantly playing these games. When I was 13, my mom was only just getting over my playing T games (of course, as a dedicated gamer,  was secretly downloading M games to my PSP). The thing is, if you’re under 18 at gamestop, you’re not allowed to purchase rated M games without adult consent. That makes some sense, considering the way congress pressures game companies against violent games marketed toward children… but don’t get me started on the politics of it. To be honest, My parents saw me playing Modern Warfare 2 on my PS3 and they sat and watched for a good hour. Of course, they didn’t care about the actual gameplay as much as the rating. What does this say about the rating? It’s just what a bunch of outdated parameters.

A for adult only is a close second with C for children for the stupid ratings. A is classified as 18+. What kind of difference does a year make when it comes to maturity levels? Will the extra blood and extra boobs affect a teenage kid who’s probably been exposed to these things at a far younger age? I think not. For some reason, there is a notice that says “Sony does not publish A rated games.” I don’t even care because a rated A game is a dumb rating anyway!

Why is this rating system not changed? Society has changed in the last few decades and children are exposed to much more violence and sexuality at young ages even in real life! Will these ratings affect the digital generation? Why haven’t these changed? In my opinion a simple rating system based on user discretion should be enacted.

 

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Black Ops 2: Uprising release

Apparently Chucky was right about Treyarch’s accidental hint to the new DLC. Here it is:

So this looks amazing what with the new Zombies map and the multiplier maps, but oddly, no gun. Unfortunately for me, I won’t get it until a month after Xbox users. Why is that? I remember reading somewhere about an audio glitch, or something. Either way, rumors are true, and the ame will be released for Xbox on  April 16th, and probably a month later on PS3.

The maps are as follows:

Multiplayer:

Magma        Vertigo     Studio    Encore

Zombies:    Mob of the Dead

What’s strange is that there was no release trailer for it. I expect one today or tomorrow. but who knows? What’s important is that there is a new DLC and I think I speak for all gamers when I say this is much welcomed! What are your hopes for the new maps? Zombies or Multiplayer?

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Re-Edit: CONFIRMED REAL! added trailer above