Dylan Woodbury's Blog
Hey! Welcome to my blog. I love video games, and am very interested in the design and creation of them. I love games that make you think, as well as thinking about games. I hope you find my blog interesting, and come back for more!
RPGs have been telling the same generic story with the same dull characters for 30 years now. But RPGs have the greatest potential for being art, speaking of life and the human condition, and addressing serious issues. How we can revitalize the genre.
Often is the question asked: Can games be art? Most arguments COMPLETELY miss the point of video games and the point of art. Underneath it all: what is the purpose of games that all designers should have in mind while setting out on a new project?
Horror games have forever suffered from weak or nonexistant stories, boring characters with cliche motivations, the exact same setting with the exact same enemies... it is time for a change. What we can learn from other forms of horror of mature mediums.
Some things we want to see from games in the next ten years, things that will advance games as an art and as an entertainment medium. Moving past some of the major annoyances of the last 30 years. Write your list below!
How to design your enemies to give your player the most satisfaction as possible. The stories we can tell and the things we can do with more interesting enemies, and how we can use them to impact the player the way we want.
The parallel trends seen in the comic book and video game industry. Both have followed a very similar path, and by looking back, when can see what tomorrow's games will be. Maybe in ten years, us gamers will be playing our Citizen Kane of games.
Dylan Woodbury's Comments
[News - 11/18/2011 - 05:19]
You don't have to always ...
You don't have to always strive for art, but making games that are deeply meaningful to people is important too. I don't see why we can't have it both ways.
[Blog - 11/15/2011 - 11:42]
Yeah, I did something similar ...
Yeah, I did something similar to this about 6 months ago with a bunch of cheap/esteemed games from early on this generation. I got about half-way through about all of them, and no longer have the motivation to complete them Ugh. Just a word of caution haha.
[Blog - 08/27/2011 - 12:47]
Wow that is funny, I ...
Wow that is funny, I had used Persona 4 as an example of a meaningful RPG, but decided against it and took it out. What I find very odd is that the ports of old final fantasy games and such sell so well - people don't mind going back ten ...
[Feature - 05/30/2011 - 04:20]
Am still playing the game ...
Am still playing the game on co op , and I really wish it came out before New Super Mario Bros Wii. Maybe the Mario team could have taken some good notes with regards to co-op for their game the bumping into each other drove me INSANE - something I ...
[Blog - 03/10/2011 - 05:15]
Wow, that's funny, I posted ...
Wow, that's funny, I posted a blog just a couple days ago on the same exact topic through gamasutra too - that games are art through the gameplay. http://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/DylanWoodbury/20110308/7167/Defining the Art of Video Games.php I feel it is an important topic that we really need to decide on within our ...
[Blog - 03/08/2011 - 05:00]
I found the syntax and ...
I found the syntax and abstract nature of your comment I guess you are saving specifics and examples for your blog post confusing, but I think you are trying to say that we cannot say that games can be art because we are still confused on the defenition of game ...