Jump to content

Humans and Games: my new blog about game design and culture

ella guro

Recommended Posts

For awhile I've been meaning to put the thoughts I have floating around in my head into some sort of coherent form. Now that I'm not doing a lot with my life right now, I thought now was a good time to start doing this. Here's the link:


Blogger isn't the best, but I'm doing it for now until I can find an alternative. The first article is up, it's called "DOOM and What Videogames Are Trying To Tell Us". It's rather long, so I won't paste it here. In it I talk about my feelings about DOOM and then my general feelings on the state of the games industry and game design now. I also talk about games as art and games as compared with movies. There's a lot of ideas in it and it's been an investment of a lot of time, passion and energy from me, so please read if you can post here on or in the blog if you have any comments.

I'll update this thread whenever I post a new article. thanks!

- Liz

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Have to say I really enjoyed reading this, the Doom stuff really resonated with me. Maybe I had thought about Doom like that before, but mostly subconsciously, and to hear your take on it both brought back a lot of memories but also made me think of how often I would think about just how weird yet how perfect the world of Doom was. I was maybe a couple years older than you when I first played it, and I can still very much remember how absorbed I could become in what is really such a simple game.

It was that very lack of explanation, yet the obvious fact that you were slowly working your way into Hell itself that made the original Doom so much more of an immersive experience than Doom 3, which still had great atmosphere but too much contact with "the real world," to convey that sense of complete isolation and desperation that the original game, and for the most part, Doom 2 had. Reading that also made me want to listen to Asphyxiated Soul again for that dose of the desperate and scary Doom experience that it provides so well.

To hear you mention Braid also brought a smile to my face, as I think it's probably the best game to come out in the last few years. and the main reason why it's so good in my mind is once again, the fact that not only is your hand not held, very little info is provided aside from the fact that you can jump and rewind time. You have to think, mostly outside the box, and the game itself is for the most part, a lot of just sitting there staring at the puzzles saying what the hell do I do now, and that sense of accomplishment that comes when you finally figure it out. To look up how to finish a game like this would be a complete waste of the experience, and I wonder how many people felt the same as they played it.

In any case, I look forward to more entries, very interesting and thought-provoking stuff!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I love Doom. The reason Doom is so great, and continues to be so great today, is precisely because of its more abstract, arcade-like design. There is another really great article on Doom you can read here:


It's great knowing I'm not alone in appreciating what makes Doom (and its siblings) unique. There seems to be more likeminded people coming out of their shells in today's ultra commercial, blockbuster-wannabe FPS market. The genre has truly lost something in its transition.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I just made a new post. This one's in response to the Extra Credits video about game music, and then goes on to talk about what I like and what's unique about older game music and how it compares to newer game music.

Here's a link:

Re: Extra Credits and the world of game music

I'm also gonna work on getting a wordpress account and moving this stuff over there, I'll keep you guys updated.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.


×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Create New...