Video games have come a long from being a niche hobby. Everyone’s a gamer from your older relative who’s platform of choice is Facebook, to perhaps sons, daughters and younger siblings that play Minecraft on the family computer. They have become a mainstream part of society as can be seen by the Pokemon Go phenomenon.
From branded institutions to independent developers, the concept of serial lying in the form of overpromising and overhyping has been a huge part of the advertising and marketing strategies behind some of the biggest flops in the past few years. From Peter Molyneux’s repeated “pathological lying” and Ubisoft’s horrendous handling of “Watch Dogs” to the laughable failure resulting in Hello Games’ “No Man Sky”, the methods and guidelines of marketing within the industry need to be recreated. Or maybe developers need to learn to shut the hell up.
While interns and technicians were making preparations for this week’s Republican National Convention last night, Stephen Colbert hijacked the stage to poke fun at conservative chaos. The comedian turned Late Show host walked onto stage dressed as Caesar Flickerman, the eccentrically dressed host from “The Hunger Games” franchise on Sunday night. Colbert grabbed the microphone and announced that Donald Trump had “formed an alliance with Indiana Governor Mike Pence” before pretending to fall asleep. “Sorry,” he wakes up, “I blacked out there for a moment.”
I’ve had quite a few different types of history classes. Some of them are long, drawn out lectures with the teacher droning on and on about the economic expansion of colonial America for what seems like hours. Others have been interactive group-versus-group activities that fall just short of being games. Many, throughout Middle and High School, have been bubble worksheets, coloring books, and word searches. But, something crossed my mind a few days ago. With new advances in technology and design, and with entertainment seeming to merge with information…could a classroom environment be structured using video games?
Every political candidate has a crowd of people behind them, whether they be a cabinet of billionaires or a massive grassroots campaign, which do just about anything they can to reach a common goal: to get the name of their candidate heard across the fifty states of America. With today’s modern globalization, it’s becoming easier and easier to not only place propaganda into the eyes and minds of citizens, but also dig up personal dirt.