My Favorite Posts

This post will list some of my favorite posts from this semester:

1) Guilt and Winning in Papers, Please

The author of this post described the guilt she felt while “just doing their job” as a customs agent. The class discussion regarding Papers, Please was very interesting because it demonstrated how individual life experiences color one’s interpretation of the game experience. For those who had a close immigrant family, the game was extremely painful, while others joked saying, “At least I’m better than the TSA.” For me, having grown up in a home with a “family first” mentality, I found my first priority was keeping my imaginary family alive, fed and housed, and didn’t feel terribly guilty turning away others in order to make sure that I’d be able to take care of my own.

2) Plot Twists in D&D

I was happy that the narrative aspect of tabletop D&D was brought up in a post because it is very dissimilar from the D&D videogames. There is a social aspect at its very core, where each player brings their own personalities and their relationships with each other, in order to create a shared world where they fight together. In comparison, the D&D videogames are all preset by the game developer, so the only aspect that translates over are the rules and mechanics. Additionally, I feel that the videogames lack the chaotic tendencies of the tabletop version, as the limits are set by the game engine rather than the collective imagination of the players.

3) In Defense of Kids’ Games

This was one of my favorite posts because it made me hugely nostalgic for Zoombinis, a game that I grew up playing. On a more intellectual level, I appreciated it because it was a welcome relief from the pretentiousness or exclusivity of “hardcore” gaming to think about the simple beginnings that all gamers had. Simple games like this are also great because they can be deceptively deep, like all the jokes in kid’s cartoons that would have the adults chuckling, even though you didn’t get it.

4) I Am: Me

In the same vein of my third favorite, it was heartwarming to see a blog post that focused on the enjoyment of gaming, pure and simple. With the serious material of gamergate and other inequities in the world of gaming, it was refreshing to just hear about how someone, especially someone who identifies as a non-gamer, enjoys gaming. I would also select this article as the best article of the semester in terms of writing quality.

In the same vein of my third favorite, it was heartwarming to see a blog post that focused on the enjoyment of gaming, pure and simple. With the serious material of gamergate and other inequities in the world of gaming, it was refreshing to just hear about how someone, especially someone who identifies as a non-gamer, enjoys gaming. I would also select this article as the best article of the semester in terms of writing quality.

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