Author: asatko

I am a freshmen student of the University of Mary Washington. I love to read, write and draw.

Reddit- The Front Page of the Internet

For those of you who do not know what Reddit is, be prepared to go to this website…think it’s only been fifteen minutes, and look down at the clock only to discover that you have spent an hour of your day procrastinating.  Reddit is a social news website in which users can post their entries in one of the categories…

Passage and Gravitation- Deeper Meanings

As previously stated, Jason Rohrer is the video game designer of both “Passage” and “Gravitation.”  While both games have almost no words involved in them with very simple controls, they include meanings that are far more deep and profound then many of the games that we have studied thus far. The two games are somewhat cynical metaphors for the journey…

What do we Learn From Video Games?

This question has been addressed by many parents and critics.  They argue that video games are of little or no value to adolescents, that they teach our youth to engage in risky behavior and violence, and that they transport the player into a fantasy world.  These critics believe that video games have had a negative impact on children and adolescents,…

Are Ratings Over-rated?

Ratings on videogames are a growing concern with parents who have young children and teens.  Parent’s prominent concern with video games has been violence.  Other complaints have to do with sexuality, and profanity.  Parents demand to witness a change in the upcoming years with the harshness of video game ratings, and let’s face it (they probably will) but, should games…

Graphics in Video Games

As an artist, I am intrigued by the aesthetic qualities of video games;  I am constantly drawing and playing games that include detailed graphics. Visuals and graphics in video games add to the gaming experience by involving the gamer in a life like experience.  Just as other bloggers have stressed the importance of music in video games, artistic graphics in…

Progress- From “Colossal Cave Adventures” to “Assassin’s Creed”

Assassins Creed, made by Ubisoft, is a bestselling video game made for number platforms including PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and many other gaming systems.   The game includes a very in deapth plot as well as impressive graphics and is meant to be experienced electronically through a gaming system.  There are four games in the series have been released thus far:…