Why I Like Video Games

  • A lot of people who are productivity minded have vendetta against video games

    • "They're a waste of time"

    • "It's fake progress / achievement"

    • "Violent / anti-social behaviour"

  • I want to spend some time making a case for why I love games and why, for me, they are the ultimate form of creative expression

  • It may be surprising to note that I actually play games quite rarely, maybe only once a week or so on average

  • Playing games can feel like homework, research and critical analysis

    • I'm always testing the boundaries, wondering how they did something technically, how it was designed and thinking of the people behind it

  • This is the price you pay moving to the creative side of a field, it becomes harder to find the time and energy to earnestly consume the medium you work in

  • My taste in games is reflective of this too, I have a decidedly specific taste in games

    • Single player and local co-op

    • Precise controls

    • Playing as a character, very few god mode or strategy games

  • Despite this, when a really good games comes along... I totally lose myself in it and remember why I fell in love with the medium in the first place

    • Zelda

    • Persona

    • Dark Souls

    • Adventure, tiny worlds, exploration etc.

  • To make a game requires a lot of different skills

    • Programming

    • User experience design

    • Narrative design

    • Digital illustration

    • Animation

    • Sound design

    • Music composition

    • The list goes on...

  • Games are a microcosm of almost every form of expression that interests me

  • But when it comes down to it, games are the most reliable way I can take the emotive landscape in my head and reify it for others to experience