Technology is bringing society so many new facades interacting with ourselves and each other, that in some instances it changes and effects our own behavior. The influence of interactive gaming specifically has been in my view quite a phenomenon. I often am baffled by some of the arguments and rebuttals i see on the internet these days. In this article i decided to take a breath if i may from the daily articles i post, and rather post something thats been a thorn in my back since the birth of the “fanboy” terminology. Granted there are many aspects of gaming that have progressed along with the technology, but in my view one key behavior has been one of the most paramount in the daily internet rambles. What is this psychology article this editor is trying to besot on thy reader?, one may ask. I attempt neither a biased view or case, simply im trying to understand the blatant ignitor of many rebuttals and internet rhetoric called , GENERALIZATIONS. ( Star Wars Intro music Plays ) Generalizing has been a such a blatant tactic that has been used to sway ones point with useless personal accounts in todays general gaming forum, that its almost apart of the culture. There are many posters and dare i say it “E-thugs” who present no valid form of argument rather then to use a rather large generalization to then imply that the general consensus is against your preference. ( Star Wars Intro Music Ends)
A little account to where my origins in gaming derive from, i have been a gamer since my first Sega Master System. Granted i have been playing games since Atari 2600 , but consider my gamer birthdate the day i owned my own system and witnessed gaming on a more personal level. Throughout my time as a avid gamer there have always been alliances that people have adopted to when options are given to them. At that time, the Nintendo Famincom ( NES ) had a exponential fan base fan base along side the Master System. In that time gaming as amazing although in its infantile stage, yet i witness first hand a generalization that made me grind my gears. ” A lot of people don’t agree with you that Master System was more powerful”, was the exact quote from a friend of mine at the time. “The specs state that its a more powerful piece of hardware” I stated, but to no avail i got this again ” No game is better then Mario Bros.” This isn’t to say that Mario Bros. wasn’t a defining classic in gaming culture, nor to take away from the joys of preference of that individual. Its to simply state that defining measurements of hardware output are clearly defined by mathematics at the core ( Specification Sheets/Benchmarks). Despite what factual evidence may be brought to witness by even the best of accurate sources at the time. The level of insanity remained that no matter what i was going to have to deal with this level of bias for the rest of my gaming life. There is nothing wrong with expressing your perception of a game or hardware in todays gaming generation. If someone enjoys the amazing level of animation in Uncharted 2, or the mechanics of Super Smash Bros, the level of respect to that persons views should remain at some general level. That dream of some type of equilibrium may be getting harder with massive redirector sites offering large un controlled forums with individuals generalizing everything from the worlds view to the developers and publishers views. Example: Person A: “I think Killzone 3 has the best visuals this gen in a FPS thus far.” Person B: “Your a Sony fanboy for thinking like that, everyone knows that Halo makes Crysis 1 look like pure guano.” Is anyone wrong here? The Answer is really not right or wrong, but a misunderstanding. There are many forums i witness that allow a simple misunderstanding like that envelope into a flame war between those who have a level of some sort of a symbiotic relationship with there out dated pieces of chipsets and plastic. Simple probing of finding out why a person feels as such could really shed light on the situation before coming to arms about something that may make you seem rather, emotional. Example: Person A: “I think Killzone 3 has the best visuals this gen in a FPS thus far.” Person B: “Thats cool, i why do you think that?” Person A: ” Well the engine Guerrilla Games uses for KZ3 renders an amazing level of particles along with beautiful differed rendering all at a 30 FPS in 3D a swell. ” “I really love the AIs hit point system , it really sets the game apart from any other game i played this gen, thus thats why i feel like that” Person B: ” Oh thats cool, i prefer Halos Reach visuals due to there HDR usage and just smoother toned landscapes which are vast.” ( Both Understand why each likes there respected game and moves on to get married and create new gamers themselves)
Remember although there are benchmarks that can determine many complexities of a game engine in a comparison, interpretation in my view is most relevant. You ever looked at a amazing work of art whether it be a person or object and another person completely disagree? The world of gaming is just as subjective, especially when referencing visuals. This type of conversation when taken out of context often steam rolls into people forming borg esque symbiotic bonds with there pieces of outdated closed hardware. The end result doesn’t have to result in taking things to a point where your defending companies that truly don’t acknowledge your existence, rather take the time to understand one another.
In my final thoughts, the definition of gaming has always been quite simple in todays dictionary. The playing of a game, so simply put yet so misunderstood in todays metacritic driven society. No numerical value can be placed on what a person experiences to rationalize another persons interpretation of a game. You ever wake up and feel like a 8,9, 100? These numbers and generalizations are simply tools of the most general kind to be taken as a suggestion at most, never to decide and dictate your gaming library. I often am baffled how people by games based on rating systems due to the fact that simply put, what is the personal value of a individual playing a game that is 87% vs 85%? Can we place a empirical value on the 2% difference? Remember gaming is personal thus some who allow there gaming life be dictated by such a system or people who make stark generalizations is in my view hindering there gaming experience. A true gamer in my view plays games because they enjoy them, period the end. Enjoy your gadgets and game on and leave that rhetoric to our entertaining politicians.