Choosing a Game

On 9/15, we met to discuss the class game. Since there wasn’t a consensus about the game, below (in no particular order) is the list of games that were top 3 for each table team. In the comments, provide your feedback about the selection. We have a deadline of making a decision by 9/29 at 5pm. You’ll need to purchase and then play the game by 10/18 (when we’ll discuss it in class).

  • Star Wars Republic Commando
  • Kotor 2
  • Atalea
  • The Uncle from Nintendo
  • Undertale
  • Inside
  • Darksouls
  • Minecraft
  • Firewatch
  • Half Life
  • Dust: An Elysian
  • GTA IV
  • Bastion
  • To the Moon
  • Mass Effect
  • Life is Strange


20 thoughts on “Choosing a Game

  1. I’m voting Bastion. Never heard of it and have never played it so that is a plus in my book.

    Undertale maybe a great game but from what I understand it has a lot of allusions to other older games. Without background knowledge to catch all the references the game would be wasted time. I haven’t played it, so Undertale wouldn’t be the end of the world if it does win.

  2. I really liked Supergiant’s Transistor, so I’m okay with picking Bastion.

    I have doubts that Inside will be chosen as our class game, but I think some of us will enjoy this game. Try it out on your own time! Absolutely brilliant all the way through. I wish I could play it for the first time again.

  3. I would like to discuss a game I proposed that did not get properly represented in class, To the Moon. I chose it because it not only reminded me what was important in making a great game, but what is also important in life. It tackles themes of life, death, and the importance of living with the memories of the best and the worst times in our lives. The story is a man’s life journey told backwards as you traverse through his memories from an elderly man to a young boy. It is an unforgettable game with a heartfelt and sincere story filled with a roller coaster of emotions and an ending that ensures no one concludes the game without feeling something in return.

    I chose this game for its story, not for its gameplay, and seeing how few people actually know this game I am interested in seeing their reactions. If anything, it is a story worth hearing.

  4. I vote for Undertale as the class game. Despite the fact that it is quite popular, students can still enjoy the game if they avoid searching for game guides online.

  5. (Continuation)

    Further thoughts about it include the fact that The Uncle From Nintendo is free to play in-browser and that it requires multiple playthroughs to acquire every ending, with each playthrough lasting between 10-20 minutes or less. Interestingly, although it has multiple endings, this game does go from point A to point B, in that there is a beginning and an end to it, as peculiar as that sounds.

    I understand that the class may be more interested in a game with more graphics and player action/immersion, and if that is the case, I would be more than willing to support that decision. At the moment, I do have a preference to Undertale, as the story-telling and ingenious design of the game are undeniably refreshing and nostalgic and would be more than suitable to study as a class. On the other hand, I have never played Bastion but would be willing to give it a try. My only concerns are whether everyone will have access to a device that would be able to run these games, or whether the games would be too difficult that it would impede the progression of the story by the player.

  6. I wanted to expand a bit on the game I proposed, The Uncle From Nintendo. Though it is technically a Twine game that relies on choosing options from text boxes, it has many aspects to it that lead me to believe that it would be a fitting supplement to our study with House of Leaves. What I mean is, The Uncle From Nintendo is as much a Twine game as House of Leaves is a novel. The game plays around with the medium that it embodies and defies the expectations it has being a Twine game.

    Some things to mention should be that the game’s genre does lean toward a Gothic horror type atmosphere, non-reliant on jump scares, and there is a degree of player input required by the game as well.

  7. I’m maintaining my stance on Undertale. Although it has become a popular and well known game, I for one have only ever seen one ending scenario, and look forward to experiencing the other story options. I love what I know of this game so far and would love the opportunity to discuss and analyze it in an academic setting.

  8. My vote goes to Dust or Bastion due to them both being available on various systems and for there lesser known status.

    I don’t hate Undertale and understand that it may fit the criteria for a class game. However, considering how well know it is, I believe it will poison our our chances to have that blank slate mind which would get us engaged in the game.

  9. I’d like to keep my vote for Undertale, mostly because as was pointed out in class, it meets most of the criteria groups brought up, and several different groups chose it. I don’t blame people for not being excited about it, I just disagree with the argument for not choosing it because of previously passed judgment. I’m sure a majority of the games mentioned were chosen based on some kind of previous exposure or recommendation, and the point of playing collectively is to discuss our judgments later, right? Regardless, I will be happy with whichever game we choose because we’re being assigned to play games for homework and I think that’s a pretty good deal.

  10. “Atalea” is Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. I didn’t really get to talk on it in class. It’s $15 on Stream and is available on PS4, PS3, Xbox One and 360. I chose it because of it’s unique mirror mechanic of controlling each brother with a half of the controller. It also has a gorgeous aesthetic, interesting puzzles for various levels of gamers, and no dialogue with story being told through actions and images.

    However given the discussion in class today, it seems everyone would prefer a game with less linear gameplay. Having said that, Bastion may be the best choice. It’s also on sale for $3.75 on steam right now, even if it doesn’t become a class game I still recommend it for anyone who enjoys rpgs.

  11. Since there seems to be a bit of contention about Undertale, I will instead vote for the choice of Bastion. It’s a game that is available on mostly every console available for gaming, and it’s length and depth of narrative is enough to fit in with the time slot we have for playing the class game.

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