Well Played 1.0: Video Games, Value and Meaning by Drew Davidson, et al.

By Drew Davidson, et al.

Games may be "well performed" in senses. at the one hand, good performed is to video games to boot learn is to books. nonetheless, good performed as in good performed. This booklet is filled with in-depth shut readings of games that parse out many of the meanings to be present in the event of taking part in a video game. 22 individuals (developers, students, reviewers and bloggers) examine games via either senses of "well played." The aim is to aid strengthen and outline a literacy of video games in addition to a feeling in their price as an event. games are a posh medium that benefits cautious interpretation and insightful research.

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This head movement is controlled via the keyboard. Additionally, the player may also move around while in combat, avoiding blows by putting distance between their avatar and the foe. Jumping during combat must be handled via the keyboard, as the right mouse button is busy handling attacks. 0 The end result of this system is that combat is a complicated affair and requires no small amount of manual dexterity. It’s a system that relies far too much on a single set of inputs, most of which are controlled via the mouse.

It is also home to a wizard that has completely drained the area of magic. Upon entering the level, all of the player avatar’s mana is completely drained. This makes it next to impossible for players who have not improved their martial abilities to survive the level. The goblins can be talked to and barted with, but the spiders, fire elementals, and ghosts are immediately hostile and quite deadly. This means that any player who has carefully created a purely magical character, relying exclusively on offensive and defensive spells to survive combat, is suddenly and completely neutered upon entering the level.

The greasers are a bit out of place since they come across as a throwback to the 80’s but maybe the game wanted to avoid referencing them as emo kids. Like the preps, Hopkins beats them into accepting his authority and confronts the leader with his own insecurities about his girlfriend. Missions revolve around collecting evidence that she’s cheating, winning her affection in a bike race, and then participating in the final brawl over her love. Finally, it is perhaps the jocks who make the most profound comment on Hopkins method of winning friends.

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