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Submitted by Murpho 1753d ago | article

The Essential Elements of Videogames

GamerNode's Mike Murphy writes..."There are several different elements that go into a game when it is made. Several factors that developers need to consider when creating their next product for the gaming masses. Factors that determine how the game looks, sounds, feels, and plays. These aspects are dissected and analyzed by reviewers in magazines, newspapers, and websites to determine whether games are bad, good, or great.

Many people wonder just which elements are the most important. Do good graphics trump poor level design? Can a great soundtrack make up for gameplay lapses? Can an unforgettable story be remembered if the main characters faces look like blocks? I have my own belief and theory on just what aspects of a game are the most important and which among them is most important of all." ( Geometry Wars, Assassin's Creed 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Beatles: Rock Band, Borderlands, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Castle Crashers, Dragon Age: Origins, Final Fantasy XIII, God of War 3, Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero II, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, Guitar Hero World Tour, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, Halo 3: ODST, Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, Nintendo DS, PC, PS3, Rock Band, Rock Band 2, Scribblenauts, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Xbox 360)

mr durand pierre  +   1753d ago
I have to say that I really disagree with this column. It's a pet-peeve of mine when someone tries to separate all these elements to deduce a score out of it. SomethingAwful had a great review of Deadly Premonition where they admit that when looked at in isolation, each individual component wasn't that good. But taken as a whole, it blended together very well. Sure, I like good graphics, but if a game has poor ones but is good in every other capacity, you stop looking at them early on. Design and gameplay is more important, but what would you say of a game like Killer 7 that has poor straight-forward repetitive design and gameplay, a confusing story, yet is consistently intriguing? You have to look at how these elements come together as that's what counts.
CountDracula  +   1753d ago
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