Video games are becoming a more apparent part of our culture every day; it used to be that society viewed gamers as overweight guys who still lived in their parents’ basements. Now, we know that gamers come in all shapes, sizes, genders, and ethnicities, but there is still a large part of society that doesn’t claim “gamer” status. Video game studios have to come up with creative ways to try and engage this demographic of people; they’re stuck in the television age and refuse to move out of that comfort zone.
Enter the game Defiance. I’m sure you’ve heard of it by now, it’s a massively multiplayer shooter made for console that ties in with a TV series of the same name on the SYFY network. So far it has received mixed reviews, but mostly because of the number of bugs that the game has been plagued with thus far. Despite the bugs, most people seem to enjoy the gameplay quite a bit; Kevin VanOrd from Gamespot reviewed the game and said: “Defiance is a difficult game to wrap your head around. That’s not because it’s all that complicated, but rather because it’s just so much fun, even though none of the elements are done particularly well.” The TV series seems to be a hit among sci-fi fans, giving the game an even higher presence in the world of “non-gamers.” Read more »