Monday, March 15, 2010

Well, it has been a while.

I don't often think of things to put into a blog, and that is why I rarely post. But, today, I have something.
Videogames: Evil? Brain cell killers? Waste of time?
My answer to those: depends, depends, and yes.
As for reasons, allow me to explain. (Wait, you don't have a choice in whether I explain or not. It's MY blog!)
Evil?
Well, some games just are. I'm pretty sure there are videogames for Playboy.
HOWEVER
One game I play, Disgaea DS, is not evil, in my opinion, even though you play as demons. Why not, you may ask? Because I try to draw parallels from the games I play to real life, if I can. and in Disgaea, the Seraph (head angel dude) said there is no such thing as absolute good or absolute evil. He said that even demons are capable of love and kindness, and even angels are capable of evil.
While I disagree with that statement as it is, allow me to substitute the word "Christian" for "angel" and "non-believer" for "demon" (not in any way saying that non-believers are demons, or that Christians are angels) Now, for the fixed statement.
*Even non-believers are capable of love and kindness, and even Christians are capable of evil.*
There are Christians out there who are complete jerks. I recently heard of an instance where one said "Christians are loving, non-Christians are ignorant." Just what is "loving" about that statement?
And then there's the non-Christians who are very loving and kind, not being judgmental about anyone, and allowing people to have their own opinions. Agreeing to disagree.
Though it's a game about demons, I do not consider it evil.
Brain cell killers?
Well, there are some. The ones that require no strategy, mainly. Like the Tony Hawk games. Fun, but other than memorizing moves for your skater, there's basically nothing to do that makes you think. And Guitar Hero/Rockband just work on reflexes.
However, strategy games, like Age of Empires or Fire Emblem, which require you to think the whole time, are not brain cell killers. You actually have to engage your brain to play them well. In Age of Empires (just in case you didn't know already), you are creating a civilization, and attempting to ruin another one. If you don't use your resources properly and quickly, you will be defeated.
Fire Emblem is basically chess on steroids. You move your characters around on a grid of terrain and attempt to destroy your enemy. And when units die, they die for good. No phoenix downs, no revive spells. If you want your unit back, you must start the level completely over. And using efficient strategy, like weapon types, you could have a unit equivalent to a pawn defeat a unit equal to, say, a queen.
Waste of time?
I've changed my mind. Again, it depends. You really get nothing out of it, other than entertainment. Unless you're playing a game with a friend/sibling. Then it gets really fun and interesting. Name-calling starts, phrases like "Go die!" begin flying, and it can get really competitive.
And with the Wii, you can actually get active with the game, and you're not just sitting there pushing buttons.