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Cinematic Realism – Obsession with Perfection?

January 29, 2010

It is a term all familiar with Gaming have heard. Sure, we have come a long way from the days of Doom “3D”. It was the peak of Graphic realism at that time, and set the bar for all other games. However, much was to be desired. Hence followed the onlsaught of Quake, Unreal Tournament, Halo, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Crysis and the others. The bar kept rising higher and higher….The Developers had announced their goal-cinematic realism. To make games as real as the movies. Sure, by then the movies had already become a collection of live-action and computer generated scenes. If computers could pull off something that real, surely they could make better graphics for games too.
Screenshot from Jonathan Blow's "Braid"
The graphics started demanding better hardware, and gamers had to upgrade their hardware regularly if they wanted to be able to play the latest goodies. This scenario continues, and has spilled over to the Consoles as well….

Truly speaking, graphics dont deserve as much attention as they are getting. Dont get me wrong, I never said Graphics aren’t important. Doom 3 or Crysis wouldn’t have been the same without their graphics. But what I am asking is – isn’t it being made paramount? Think about it, high quality graphics require more expensive hardware, more design time, quickly obsolating hardware among other things.


Most importantly, it depreives many people of the joy of playing the latest and best. It also hinders people who want to try gaming for a while. None of us started with “I HAVE TO BECOME A GAMER” in mind. We picked up a game, liked it, tried another and got hooked eventually. If the first game you bought with your hard-earned money throws up a message like “Yor system does not meet the minimum requirements…..” then would you prefer to pick up another game ever?Thats the point!

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Gaming-Pros and pros

November 1, 2009

Many people I come across have a disreagrd for gaming. “Gaming….that stuff is for kids…” or “What significance does that hold for us?” are questions I have heard too often. People have blamed gaming for many violent events that happened in the past. However, it is made a scapegoat. “That guy was into gaming, so that must be it”. If Gaming weren’t there, the scapegoat would have been something else. Movies. TV. You name it, we blame it. Another thing that I have heard is that it is a refuge for the escapists. When you dont succeed in real life, you put your feet the shoes of some superhero and try to save the world. Agreed (even original Wolf 3D used to ask if we wanted to go back to our mundane lives), but escape is easy for those who want to. It is sad that many people have to take to such means, but i guess Gaming is a better option considering its alternatives. So here I’ll highlight the positive side of gaming, things many people ignore-

Gaming as a way of training

Almost all modern pilots have practised on a Flight Simulator some time or the other. Drivers too, can practise on such simulators. The Army has training equipment which simulate a battlefield. Billions of dollars are spent on developing such simulators, and they have established themselves as effective training equipment. Then there is the educational side of Gaming. Many subjects can be taught easily using games. Even I didn’t know much about William Wallace before the Learning Campaign in Age of Empires II. So games aren’t necessarily bad – it depends on the player and the choice of games, above everything else.

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator-Has trained many pilots

Gaming to support a cause

The most Hi-tech Armed forces in the world, The US Army, uses a Game (America’s Army) to bolster Recruitment. The US Army is responsible for the Game, and it is distributed for free. The game has been very successful, and has since given rise to many sequels. Further information about the game, and download links can be obtained at the Game’s official site – http://www.americasarmy.com.

The 'America's Army' Logo

America's Army

Gaming as a way of socializing
Contrary to popular perception, Gamers aren’t social outcasts. A study by an Australian University finds evidence to the contrary (source:news.com.au.). MMORPGs(thats Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games for the uninformed), such as World of Warcraft,Everquest etc, offer a great way to socialize, make new friends and have a great time,as long as they are used in moderation.

World Of Warcraft

World Of Warcraft, a very popular MMORPG

So, my question is-when are you taking up gaming, if you already haven’t?