Great Contrasts In Gaming Exist, Be Sure To Take Advantage
You have to realize, there was a time in this industry's history where a gamer's choices were extremely limited.
There wasn't a fraction of the variety we have today, so it'd be a critical mistake to miss out on all the diverse interactive goodness gaming has to offer in this day and age.
This fact really hit home with me over the past couple of days, as I continued to push forward in the awesomeness that is Grand Theft Auto V, while working through the subtle, atmospheric, artistic rain. As you might expect, the two games are essentially polar opposites, especially when it comes to theme, style, concept and gameplay. I guess one could argue that both are played from a third-person perspective, but that's where the similarities end. The epitome of contrast.
And it's not merely that the two games are completely different; it's the different sensations the two products generate in the player. GTAV is incredibly involving, but there's always this free-wheeling, borderline manic feel. It can be riveting, raunchy, violent, amusing and even silly, all at once. It's like a cacophony of sandbox insanity and it's intoxicating in a "man, that was just stupid fun" sort of way. rain, on the other hand, relaxes and comforts. It relieves stress in a completely different way; it makes you think, it arouses completely different sentiments and emotions, and it triggers wonderfully different reactions.
Going back and forth between the two games in question is really an eye-opening experience, and not only because it illustrates the fantastic contrasts found in today's games. It's amazing because I think that, even today, we underestimate the wide variety of emotions one can feel when directly interacting with extremely different video games. Of course, the anti-game activists might have a field day with what I'm writing here, as they'd love to take it completely out of context and draw baseless conclusions. The point is that these days, video games can make you feel...well, whatever you want to feel.
You just gotta look for the right fit for your mood.
10/1/2013 10:09:33 PM Ben Dutka