Alright, alright, alriiigghhhttt! Time for another blog post!
So, our question to answer this week is “what themes do you think are most and least appropriate for video games?”, and, let’s be honest, this is kind of a hard question to answer. The amount of different themes that can be found in video games is so broad that there is no way I could name every single one of them. Hell, some games have 5+ themes on their own. I do not think I can accurately answer this question, because I don’t really have a problem with occurring themes in games. In my honest opinion, I don’t think there are themes that are “least appropriate” for video games. Video games are a broader way of reaching out to society sometimes and it’s not a bad thing. If it takes someone playing Bioshock Infinite to learn that American Exceptionalism is garbage and racism is disgusting, then so be it.
I have never played a game and the theme(s) of that game hinder how I felt about it. I think themes in video games give them a deeper meaning and that is why the English major in me loves them so deeply. So, all that being said, for this blog post I am going to tell you my personal favorite theme in video games and my least favorite and why.
My favorite theme in games was really hard to decide. I play such a wide variety of games from Animal Crossing to Outlast to Overwatch… I’m all over the place concerning the things I like. My favorite right now at this very second would be the theme of personal choices leading to consequences. I understand that in most of these games, your choice doesn’t really matter. Whatever bad thing that is supposed to happen is going to happen either way, but I still enjoy them. Just like in real life, if something is supposed to happen, nine times out of ten, it is going to happen no matter how hard you try and stop it. Until Dawn, Life is Strange, the Fallout games, Bioshock, Fable, The Witcher… I can’t get enough of them. I love them even though half the time my choices don’t matter. I feel more connected with the characters in these games because of it (huuuge empath over here).
My least favorite theme… You know, I can’t even tell you what the exact theme of these games are, but I don’t like them. Grand Theft Auto. Total garbage in my eyes. It’s not the “heists” in this game that get to me, because I do enjoy games like Payday. I really think its how overwhelmingly awful some of the characters are and the things you have to make them do. And, also, I use to work for a game store and watching people buy those games for their ten year old kids.. Oh man.. A whole new kind of rage boiled inside of me every single time.
Back to the point of this post, I don’t think there are any themes that are least appropriate for games. They are games. That’s it. They’re meant for fun and if you don’t like a certain theme in games, don’t play those games. It’s that simple.