Vidya Games 101: Guns, +1 Longswords, Boobs, and Quests

See that?  that is the opening cinematic to one of the most iconic video games in history: Final Fantasy VII.  Any respectful geek knows his way around the past of Final Fantasy VII.  Since the game came out back in the glory days, there have been 3 sequels and prequels to the game, not to mention Final Fantasys VIII thru XIV.  Just one of the iconic games.

But really, not all games utilize in-depth storylines.  Some of them just like to have fun.  For example, this little nugget, which has been in development for a while 12 years, coming out this may. You may wanna not watch this if your offended by, well, anything offensive.

The fact that this game is coming out 12 years after the game before it is really a testimony to the staying power of the industry.  But really, from the very, VERY beginning, it’s always been a tremendous part of geek culture.  You would be hard pressed to look into a geek’s room and NOT find either a video game system, or a computer for gaming on.  Video games have become a staple in geek culture.

Another staple of gaming geek culture is what are affectionately known as “fanboys.”  Basically, a fanboy who will represent their favorite game, series, video game system, character, or basically anything til death.  You can basically go to any gaming site in the world, and find an abundance of fanboys posting about their respective fandoms.  As it so happens, we are in a veeeeery good time to be hearing from fanboys.  In one corner, we have the Nintendo 3DS being released this March, and in the other corner, we have Sony’s Next Generation Portable, AKA PSP2 coming out this fall.  It’s basically an all out war between Fanboys for Nintendo and Sony talking about how much the NGP will suck *EXPLATIVE* or how much the 3DS Is for babies.  OF course, I also have an opinion on the matter, but I will refrain from showing it…for now.

The last piece of basic geeky game knowledge I will present to you in this post is the almighty holiday upon which most gamer-geek’s calendars gravitate around: the “Game Expo.”  the two biggest ones are E3, standing for Electronic Entertainment Expo, and the Tokyo Game Show. Essentially, an Expo is where the biggest companies, studios, and people in the gaming industry come together and announce everything they have planned for the upcoming year.  I, myself, basically keep myself glued to my computer during E3 every year.  There are always surprising announcements about the upcoming year to be had, and it is always a very good way to show what exactly is going on in the industry.

Now, there is a whole lot more to a geeks knowledge of the industry, but its for another blog at another time.  Next week, though, I’m going ot begin taking a look at the various genres of video games.

Are You Feelin It Yet Mr. Krabs?

Brian Bishop

By the way, this is a high point in video game translation history.



3 responses to “Vidya Games 101: Guns, +1 Longswords, Boobs, and Quests

  1. I really like this! You really put a lot of thought into the blog. I didn’t know anything about video games, but I know a little now. The part about “fanboys” was funny. Can’t wait to read your next post!

  2. Dude, I had no idea they released the trailer for the new Duke Nukem game. I remember playing the original one way back in the day and completely forgot they were going to make a sequel. Also, that last video was hysterical. What game was that?

  3. Yeah, Jose, Duke Nukem Forever was a running joke in the game industry in that people thought it would NEVER come out. And the last video is from a game called Zero Wing that came out for the Sega Mega Drive, classic translations.

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