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29-03-2008 - 16:56

Are You a Computer Game Nerd?

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Are You a Computer Game Nerd?

I think the most fascinating thing about computer games is that you are in the adventure. It’s like being in the book, and facing what they meet on their travel to the golden chest, or getting revenge on someone who killed you best friend. It’s also very relaxing after a hard day in school, or when you come home from a football match.

Computer games can also be very good way to learn English. When you play a game like Gears of War which is a third-person shooter, you’ll have to work together online to win. If you search for Quick Match you can end up playing with two Germans and one from England for example. Then it’s very nice to be good at English, so they can understand what you’re trying to say. I believe that I have learned a big part of my English through computer games.

There are many different genres in computer games, role-playing games, First-Person shooters, Third-Person shooters, Puzzle games, Strategy games, music games and so on. The most famous RPG (Role-Playing game) is the Final Fantasy series, which is known for their memorising soundtracks, breathtaking visuals, and epic stories.

The most recognized genre is shooters, almost all games nowadays is shooters. The expectation to shooters is higher than ever before, because there are so many companies who create them. The winner of most awards in computer games 2007 was Call of Duty 4, which gave the words First-Person shooter a hole new dimension. The game was so innovative that it received 10 out of 10 in magazines and websites all over the Earth.

The last genre I’m going to talk about is music games. There is much different kind of music games, Rock Band, Guitar Hero, SingStar, Dance Dance Revolution. SingStar for the Playstation 2 system was a very popular game among girls, and made the Playstation 2 a family console. There is many SingStar game, but they best one I’ve played is SingStar 80’s. My brother, sister and I have played so many times. The innovative thing about SingStar is that you have to hit the right tones to get a big score. There are many fun modes like Party, and Duet which it’s pretty self-explained. Then you compete to get the best high score. Every time you have finished a song you will get a rank like for example Tone Deaf, if you didn’t hit any tones right, or SingStar of you hit almost ever single tone right.

Guitar Hero is similar to SingStar with about thirty songs to be played, there are many classics like “Welcome To The Jungle” and “Paint It Black” but instead of singing the game comes with a Plastic guitar included. The game is surprisingly fun, and there are different difficulties, so everybody can enjoy the game.

One of the most popular games in the world is World of Warcraft. It’s an MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) that combines a social experience with a lot of opportunities. About eight-ten million people play the game every day, because it’s so addictive. You can run around in the enormous world and explore, or you can take quest from different people that gives you experience points which makes you level up, so you can learn new spells and become stronger. The addictive thing about WoW is probably that it’s a very social game, you can talk to people through a headset, and there so many players in the huge WoW universe.

One of my favourite computer games is BioShock. The game is a sci-fi mystery that manages to feel retro and futuristic at the same time, and its characters, who speak most of the story via radio transmissions and audio logs that you're constantly running into upon as you walk around. The year is 1960, and you're flying over the Atlantic Ocean. One mysterious plane crash later, and you're floating in the water, apparently you are the only survivor, surrounded by the flaming wreckage of the aircraft. But there's a lighthouse on a tiny island just up ahead. You swim closer and discover a small submachine waiting to take you underwater. After catching a breathtaking view of what's below, you're sent into the secret underwater city of Rapture. Well, even before you step out of your submachine and into the city, it becomes obvious that everything has gone horribly wrong down here. The city is trashed, and genetic freaks called splicers run around, attacking anything that gets in front of them. Later you see something called ADAM, which makes all those genetic freaks possible, and allows you to get your first plasmid power, the ability to shoot lightning out of your fingertips. Many of plasmids are very straightforward. “Incinerate” lets you burn things and melt ice. “Telekinesis” lets you use your environments as a weapon. But others are a little more special. “Security bullseye” is a little ball you can toss at enemies, causing any nearby security cameras, turrets, or sentry bots to point in his direction. “Enrage” can cause enemies to fight one another. “Insect swarm” causes your arm to shoot bees at your enemies, and making I’m shoot up in the air, so they become and easy target.

Most of those plasmids will have to be purchased using the ADAM that you collect from harvesting things called little sisters. They're little girls with a big needle that they use to collect some stuff from dead bodies, and they're protected by the baddest enemies in the entire game, huge monsters called big daddies. This is where the game makes you decide to be good or evil. If you harvest the girls, they die, but you get 160 ADAM from them. If you free them and return them to normal girls, you get only 80 ADAM. There are a limited number of girls to deal with in the entire game, making it very possible that you won't be able to collect every single purchasable plasmid, so you have to choose wisely.

While the world of Rapture is pretty and filled with interesting little things, the game does a good job of keeping you on track. Most of the time you must collect a certain amount of specific items in order to proceed, and you always know exactly what to do, thanks to a handy map screen and an arrow that points you directly at the next objective. These helping hands feel almost a little too helpful, but in the event that you get really stuck, you'll appreciate the hint system that very much explains what you need to do and where you need to go get further with the game. BioShock is one of the greatest games I’ve ever played, because of the amazing visuals, incredible artistic design and the epic story.