This Forbes article certainly suggests so. Zynga's valuation is between $4-6 billion (that's almost approaching Electronic Arts- ERTS), Valve's is between $2-4 billion and Gabe owns more than half the shares. Unless I missed someone, these two are probably going to be the first billionaires through video games. It is kind of ironic now how their products (Steam, Farmville) were largely dismissed by players on launch.
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@Kyreo: Yeah, that's why we need an absolute definition - if possible. As as I said earlier, it's definitely a headache. If limiting it to most blatant cases like Postal makes it easier to define, then I'm all for it. At least, it would be a good start.
@extremeradical: Yeah, it could be. But doesn't ESRB do half the work by aggressively labeling games under Blood & Gore (with even more detailed sub-categories for ultra violent games) ?
Disclaimer: I'm in no way affiliated with the California gov., Arnie or Morazzini. Nor may I collecting evidence against violent video games. Just wanted to make that clear :p
To answer the question:
Part of the reason exploitation movies are classified as such is because they use sex, violence or a big star to set themselves apart. They defy genre conventions using these easy ploys. Most games are violent but some use excess violence to distinguish themselves. Dragon Age is a fantasy RPG that uses persistent gore and gruesome decapitations to stand out among many other fantasy RPGs. In that sense, it does exploit violence. Dead Space 2's marketing campaign suggests the game features exceptional violence. I see Isaac's many (enjoyable) deaths as proof of that. An easy comparison is Legend of Zelda and God of War - the combat in both is essentially hack n'slash but Kratos' uncompromising brutality is what gave GoW its unique identity. It's pretty much the equivalent of a slasher flick.
And most of those games where made primarily for said murdering, with story really only there as window dressing. So of these games, what aren't exploitative?
I hope that made some sense.
Some of Dead Space 2 and Bulletstorm's marketing makes these games look exploitative, with more than just a passing similarity to the way exploitation films are promoted. Wikipedia's article describes them as follows:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exploitation_film (It's notable that the page has neutrality & citation issues).
Exploitation film is a type of film that is promoted by "exploiting" often lurid subject matter. The term "exploitation" is common in film marketing, used for all types of films to mean promotion or advertising. These films then need something to exploit, such as a big star, special effects, sex, violence, romance, etc. An exploitation film, however, relies heavily on sensationalist advertising and broad and lurid overstatement of the issues depicted, regardless of the intrinsic quality of the film.
The inherent problem with applying this definition to games is that, since Doom, games have been overtly gory or violent, to the point of celebrating them like exploitation movies. Postal or Splatterhouse are probably the poster boys for this kind of game. There are also multiple cases of sexploitation (BMX XXX, Guy Game etc.) or exploiting big stars (Apocalypse feat. Bruce Willis). I'm guessing if you talk to Megyn Kelly, she would classify nearly every game as exploitative.
So yes, if we make this page - there will be headaches in defining it but I think, it would be a good resource. Initially I thought of making this a piddly little list but then, it seemed like a big enough issue to be an actual concept page.
Wait, PS3 players can't? PC version logs every single event online. I can check my entire 80+ hour career through the BioWare character profile (like my character Ariel).
" Can you track most of this on the PC version?"
In short, I played a Human Female Warrior and made almost all the same decisions as the OP. I was a lady so I ended up being the queen of Ferelden with Alistair. Shale should have been my royal pet but she decided to become squishy again. I completed all the side quests and did the personal quest for all my party members.
Still need to play Awakening and Witch Hunt, but I burnt out on Origins after taking my sweet time reading through all those romantic letters and codex entries. Seriously, 86 hours...I could've learned a language in that time :(
Oh hey, that's my lady Shepard under some weird lighting. I bet most people did a second take on that image and thought "who the hell is that & what's wrong with her face?!"
Heres hoping the last DLC is more "Lair of the Shadow Broker" and less "Overlord". Please, no more geth or mechs.
There are different visors. If I recall correctly, this one is from the Dr.Pepper promo and increases shield strength (useful for sentinels) and displays your opponent's power rating (useful for meme spouters). The vertical one increases weapon damage, right ?
" What's up with that visor in the pic? I had a similar visor but it was always vertical and covered only one eye. My Shep was male though, is that why it's different? "
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After the patch, it's playable but still not very enjoyable. The load times are significantly better but the actual graphics are still murky & washed out. In a normal game, this would not be a problem. But in Bayonetta, the emphasis is on precise combat and last second dodges so the graphics end up getting in the way.
" Still fucked? thinking of picking it up, dude told me a patch fixed most stuff but he's Canadian so... "
In witch time (basically bullet-time where you do majority of your combat), the game adds an extra filter on top that almost gives your enemies a form of camouflage. It becomes hard to carry on with combos when you can't see where your enemy is. On the harder difficulties, things go from frustrating to game-breaking because the enemies are really jumpy and you need the clear visibility to handle them effectively.
In short, avoid the PS3 version if you can. It's broken in a way that no patch can fix.
Just thought some of you might be interested. SMB is my favorite soundtrack this year after VVVVVV.
The eternally profane and wise Shawn Elliot tweeted this amusing collection of review hyperboles. If these are to be believed, 2010 represented the gaming renaissance. Probably like every other year before it.
If you go to Metacritic and read the review blurbs for some of the highest rated games this year, it looks like all the reviewers are trying to one up each other in terms of hyperboles. Maybe they have a secret pool going on as to who can write the biggest hyperbole without outright calling a game the Second Coming of Christ. Now I get that the reviewers really enjoyed these games and want to recommend it to others. But if they don't keep these hyperboles in check, then the players are eventually going to become deaf to their high praises. Like a comedian said not too long ago: if we amplify everything, we hear nothing.
The chances that someone will rectify this problem are nil. So let's just make fun of these buffoons while they still have a job.
The Year in SwooningSource: http://insultswordfighting.blogspot.com/2010/11/quiz-year-in-swooning.html
Match each of these games with the breathless quotation from its review.
2. Mass Effect 2
3. Heavy Rain
4. Battlefield: Bad Company 2
5. Red Dead Redemption
6. Super Mario Galaxy 2
7. Halo: Reach
8. Rock Band 3
9. Call of Duty: Black Ops
10. Donkey Kong Country Returns
A. "A knockout in just about every way it can be... you owe it to yourself to rush out and buy this."
B. "There are so many aspects... that make it an experience above and beyond all other open world sandbox experiences that we can't even begin to list them all. Some of the reasons that stand out are a wealth of content, a beautifully rendered and detailed world, an interesting and engaging storyline, a fantastic roster of characters with their own personalities, great and believable dialogue, the ability to experience the game world online with or against others; the list can go on forever. Rest assured that this is one of the greatest game we've played in 2010 so far, and possibly ever."
C. "There is simply not a better, more complete shooter on the market, and with all this content, there isn't any way you can find something that you cannot sink your teeth into."
D. "I have never played anything so momentous or revolutionary... In the coming years I expect the game's influence to be felt throughout the industry in terms of gameplay, storytelling and interactivity. This is a game that deserves all the plaudits it can get. So please go out and buy [this game] and reward those that have made such a groundbreaking videogame event."
E. "Far exceeded our expectations and is without question one of the best games we've played. Use whatever positive description you'd like. System seller, potential game of the year, landmark achievement; just make sure you buy it immediately."
F. "With a ton of incredible levels to conquer; gorgeous, perfectly designed graphics (wait until you see the first sunset level!); retro-inspired music; and smooth, flawless gameplay, videogames don't get much better... I can't recommend this game enough."
G. "Easily the best FPS I've played in a long time. Dialogue that makes me want to watch a feature film starring these guys. A virtually flawless single and multiplayer experience."
H. "One of the best first person shooters this year, and is obviously a must have for any action fan. Intense, gory and quite brilliant, maybe it's not refreshing but at the same time it's a stunning game."
I. "Across-the-boards perfection [that] can't be measured by any scale. It's simply in a class by itself. This is where games need to go for my money... A modern-day masterpiece."
J. "This is a rare occasion when the hype can actually be justified; ...quite simply, a masterpiece."
1. I (Play Magazine)
2. E (GameDaily)
3. D (Boomtown)
4. G (GamePlanet)
5. B (Level7.nu)
6. J (Gamestyle)
7. C (ZTGameDomain)
8. A (Atomic Gamer)
9. H (3dJuegos)
10. F (Destructoid)
Which game is Destructoid calling close to perfect?
1. The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom
2. Rock Band 3
3. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
4. Deadly Premonition
A. "Judged as a piece of entertainment, as a game that consistently surprises and amazes and leaves jaws hanging... It's pretty close to perfect."
B. "About as close to perfect as you're going to get."
C. "It's warm and satisfying with a near-perfect consistency throughout."
D. "It delivers a near-perfect competitive experience, in a way that few games... can."
E. "...as close to perfect at what it does as a game can get."
1. C (link)
2. B (link)
3. D (link)
4. A (link)
5. E (link)
Compiled with thanks, and apologies, to Metacritic.