Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I was halfway there one frozen dawn when she appeared at the side of the road

I fully grant, there are always people willing to debate what makes a game a game, and in fact, if any particular game qualifies as a game in the first place. And I don't think that's a bad conversation to have; you can (in some places, at least) learn a lot along the way of deciding whether X is actually a "game", by the traditionally understood rules.

For the purposes of debate, an official definition, of sorts:
game (gām)
n.
1. An activity providing entertainment or amusement; a pastime: party games; word games.
2.
a. A competitive activity or sport in which players contend with each other according to a set of rules: the game of basketball; the game of gin rummy.
b. A single instance of such an activity: We lost the first game.
c. games An organized athletic program or contest: track-and-field games; took part in the winter games.
d. A period of competition or challenge: It was too late in the game to change the schedule of the project.

(via the Free Dictionary)

game (ɡeɪm)

noun
  • an amusement or pastime; diversion
  • a contest with rules, the result being determined by skill, strength, or chance
  • a single period of play in such a contest, sport, etc
  • the score needed to win a contest
  • a single contest in a series; match
  • (plural; often capital) an event consisting of various sporting contests, esp in athletics ⇒ Olympic Games, Highland Games
  • equipment needed for playing certain games
  • short for computer game
  • an activity undertaken in a spirit of levity; joke ⇒ marriage is just a game to him
(from the Collins English dictionary)
Okay. So there's that. Now to the point at hand: the Pregnancy game seeking support on Steam Greenlight. In brief, here's the setup of the game: you are playing as the invisible guide to 14-year-old Lilla Sandor, a young girl living in Hungary. She has been raped. You are there to understand her story, and to guide her towards either keeping her unborn daughter, or aborting her.



From Stupid_Username on January 19th:
will it have abortions?
Well, if you bothered to read the description, that may be the conclusion of the protagonist's dilemma, but I don't think that's quite what you're asking. I'm assuming you want to know whether or not it's going to actually show an abortion, and I'm pretty sure that's not going to be the case.

From Ch0lo on the same day:
Ladies and gentlemen, THIS is what game industry has turned into-*JonTron kind of voice on* A FUCKING PREGNANCY GAME. I MEAN, GOOD GOD, EVEN GODDAMN ROCK SIMULATOR HAS MUCH MORE SENCE THAN THIS THING. WHO WOULD FUCKING PLAY A GAME ABOUT SOME 14 YEAR OLD LOLY THAT THINKS ABOUT HER PREGNANCY? WHY WOULD SHE EVEN THINK ABOUT PREGNANCY IN SUCH AGE? EVEN A 18 YEARS OLD WOULD NEVER THINK ABOUT PREGNANCY UNTILL 23 OR SOMETHING. I DONT HAVE ANY WORDS LEFT, SO I'M JUST GONNA GO AND SHOOT MYSELF WITH A BIG FUCKING GUN. IT WAS JONTRON(or his clone...), SIGNING OFF!*JonTron voice off*.
Aside from all the cursing, and the grammatical errors, I'm not sure what your point was other than yelling. If you read the game's description, then you would understand why a fourteen-year-old girl is thinking about pregnancy. And, considering the thousands of young girls--some as young as ten, some up to sixteen--who get pregnant via rape, familial abuse, or actually having semi-consensual sex (I qualify, because at least according to US law, no person under eighteen can consent to sex, even if they're willing; our laws are strange), I understand entirely why a fourteen-year-old, an eighteen-year-old, a however-year-old would be thinking about pregnancy. Namely, because in the game, SHE'S PREGNANT.

Or did you miss that part?

From Ch0lo again, a few hours later:
I noticed that the website has some weird as shit name too. "Locomotivah". You mean "Locomotive"? I dont know how bad the dev's grammar is, but I think EVERYONE knows that locomotive is a termin to describe a rail vehicle(you know, the one that also is a subway, the one that hauls freights and stuff....). How in the merry Isiah of Popsicle Island the website name crosses any lines with this abomination?
You're seriously trying to break down the grammar on the game studio name? When we have established game studios with names like Fatshark, Artdink, Halfbrick, Clap Hanz, Mean Hamster Software, Foppy Omega, and Tantrumedia, just to name a few? It's the name of their studio, it's not some affront to the purity of language. And you're one to talk anyway, considering you can't spell.

(Continued in part two.)

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