I was at a neuromarketing presentation two weeks ago. When I saw some of the techniques used, I was immediately reminded of video games, specifically of a video Jim Sterling did on some of the practices in video game marketing. Then I read that the Dutch gambling authority is looking into possibly classifying loot boxes in video games as gambling, as is Belgium and Hawaii. Clearly, something is up.
Mass Effect Andromeda has been out for a few months, but I only recently finished it. I loved the original Mass Effect and after years in development, I had high hopes for Andromeda – emphasis on ‘had’.
People have told me I’m very critical of movies, TV shows, and video games. That’s true, I think; it’s a direct result of my obsession with the mechanics of writing. Knowing the mechanics automatically makes you see others failing at those mechanics. Below are the five that I see most.
Open-world video games are all the rage these days. The number of video games touting the label is huge, from Skyrim to Far Cry to the Witcher 3. They can be very fun to play, but they do have downsides, especially concerning storytelling.