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Stats, links, references

So which game is most popular? most played? who plays it? I don’t like to discover games on my own. I’d rather have some pioneers do the scouting for me and I jump in. There is so much information available on the internet it is dizzying and this is the idea behind the it starts with an ‘I’, meaning real played game.

Which of the games are in fact worth playing, I was wondering. I started looking for best resources but actually this problem turns out to be not so trivial. We use a number of sources to get some comparative information.

here is a couple of useful sites with gaming statistics and links to gaming sites.

Some stats pages

And here some other links that I will keep updated and curated.

ok, this does not really belong to the blog section but to some kind of sidebar … working on it…

Great blog from Aaron Bush about the financial part of gaming worlds.

good games bad games

what is the reason for playing games

Assassin creed is full of bloody depictions of merciless crimes (or at least that is what one would be convicted to, had he slid some other man’s throat, the world was different in the olden days). CS:GO is all about shooting people and splatters appearing around the head of your enemy are supposed to be smoothed by the way you call killing – a frag. There are some outright dark personas in online gaming, game companies even, specializing in particularly nasty, psychodelic horror stories (remember ‘_observer’?) or other nastiness. Blood, gore, swearing or, in most vivid form, shooting another avatar with pink colored ray that mutilates the opponent.

seriously? Where is the benefit of playing games then? Worrying parents would say – nowhere, they should all be banned. Well, let’s have a look. Many of the contemporary games are seemingly mindless. Taking a look at a history of the (gatunek) reveals quite some opposite. Chess is teaching logical thinking (and has been for centuries if not millenia) and was promoted and played by kings and peasants alike. GO is famously complicated, emotional, uses aesthetics. Football in its many forms is being professionally played by thousands, watched by millions and (attempted to be) played by even more, teaches physical strength, mental strength, technique, spacial cognition. Fencing was in the past a real battle between selected representatives of battling tribes with an aim to limit human losses of entire tribal population.

where do we go from here

Games give us a way to test how the behavior would look like in reality, test the behavior and test the collaboration. Humans can use games as a surrogate for real situations, test their own and opponents moves , strategize and, let’s not forget this one, have fun in a safe environment, develop strategies that can be used in real life.

Yes, actions games tend to be more popular these days than chess, go, RPG games however, let’s not underestimate the learning opportunities created by Minecraft, CS:GO and other games. Especially the multiplayer aspect and ability to collaborate in an environment mimicking real life, strategizing.

Are we the only species on earth playing games? Apparently not. Animals have fun much like we humans do but also use the game and play to practice speed and balance, other skills, they will be able to use in later life when facing a predator.

Let’s stop demonizing games then and start thinking how we can enrich the experience so that the players (kids as well as, increasingly, adults) can advance and make their future life better. all the while having fun, of course, which is the main point of and magnetism of games. Including computer games. including the online multiplayer shooting games. and the tetris. and the Apex Legend. and the interactive Netflix’s bandersnatch film. and world of Warcraft. and mario brothers.

I played this game

Thanks for joining us (Bustrex & HowardRoark)!

I played this game is for those of us who enjoy a good game play as part of their entertainment, personal life and pastime activity. You see, some people enjoy going to the movies, some spend considerable amounts of time binge watching tv series streamed through the latest and greatest online service. There are opera lovers, and maybe some of makers around us prefer a small project, creating something out of wood or paper. Others still write blogs or watch theatre or musical performance on West End.

I enjoy game play. For all the concerned, I do believe that there is more than meets the eye in playing video games. The interactive activity combines several traits of other entertainment pleasures available to us. You can watch it (like a TV show), you can interact with the gameplay, as prescribed by a game direction (like in the movies), you can and often do, interact with the gameplay to change the protagonist’s actions (a little like creating your own project). The world of electronic games and entertainment is only in it’s early stages (this text was originally written in 2018).


some other motley thoughts

  • …use time wisely ;
  • stay in comfort of your own chair or move to special location to socialize;
  • with friends or alone;
  • with remote friends as easy as next door neighbor.