Tuesday, 30 December 2008


I do apologise for not updating my blog as often as I should... but I am getting into it now and should have the rest of the posts written up soon ^_^

One of the things that has been distracting me is that I recently got into reading the Twilight series, my friend bought the book as a christmas present after I went to go see the film with her last week and it's my new favourite book!!

I did really enjoy the film but it is NOTHING in comparison to the book (it never is, look at what they did to The Golden Compass...).
The film also has an awesome soundtrack so you should really check that out too!

It's been aages since I've gotten stuck into a good book so I'm just a bit obsessed haha XD

Watch out for the next game related post!
See ya ~Emi ^o^

Writing about games

Yeah... I have a whole collection of nintendo magazines...
(and there's plenty more where that came from...)

I like to see the previews on games that are coming out to get an idea if they're any good or not. It's so hard to tell what the game is like from just looking at the box, I tend to buy it if the screenshots look good as the visual representation of the game is very important to me.

Also comparing the views on games that I've played on and enjoyed is always interesting as you get to see other peoples perspective. Many aspects of the game would have to be considered when reviewing it: graphics, audio, gameplay, innovation... I guess each game would be judged on these categories whilst seeing if it matches the consoles intended capabilities.
I value the objective view on games when I'm reading the reviews, it is meant to be read by anyone interested in the game so in order to apply to that audience the review would have to be unbiased by simply ranking the game for what it is, not so much what they made of it.

I don't think a ranking system for games is exactly necessary for sales, you're still going to get people buying the crap games despite what reviewers say, however I do think influences whether gamers choose to buy the game or not.

What is NGJ?? New games journalism apparently... I suppose online reviews would have more of an impact than magazines due to them already being available for everyone to read and for free. They would be more subjective than magazines as it is more a persons opinion when they are blogging rather than an 'official' review which would probably have guidelines for them to stick to.

How do I feel about my own writing? I do actually love doing this just because gaming is something I'm passionate about (god how geeky does that sound...) but it does make me feel better about thinking that I did choose the right course because I always have plenty to say for these blogs once I actually get around to writing them ^^'

See ya ~Emi ^o^

The history of video games part 3

The most recent developments in the gaming world... the 2000s- the future!
So where are we at the moment? For handhelds, the DS and the PSP and for home consoles the PS3, XBOX360 and Wii dominate the market with the latest technology. These make up the seventh generation of gaming.

The main difference in how far these games have come in the past few decades is apparent in the visuals, where high power and resolution graphics result in breathtaking scenery and unthinkable amounts of detail.

However, the one console for me that is pushing the boundaries of the gaming industry is the Wii. The innovative concept of the Wii remote making the user rethink the gaming experience as interaction is taken to a whole new level. I think this is where the future for video games is headed, as there's only so far you can take graphics before people will start looking for something more in their gaming.
It is therefore inevitable that sooner or later the rival consoles will be forced to reanalyze their hardware designs in order to keep up with Nintendo.

It's hard to know what to expect from the future of gaming... I guess I hope for there to be a mix of both amazing graphics and the exploration for exciting new control schemes then everyone would be happy, right?
Don't know if any of you have ever read the manga series .Hack before- the plot basically revolves around the characters of a video game called 'The World', but the way they access the game is through a headset, so it's as if they're actually in the game which I thought was quite cool :)

See ya ~Emi ^o^