It’s a real shame that so many people out there still see computer games as child’s play; something that people naturally ought to grow out of in due course.

Indeed the idea that only kids, or those (mostly guys) in a state of arrested development, should care for interactive entertainment is a very common one.

It’s a mindset that has dominated a great deal of resistance to the (now almost inevitable) introduction of an R18+ ratings category for games in this country. Basically, many people just assume that games are for juveniles, and there should be no reason to expose the young-ens to any more graphic violence and nudity than they alread receive.

But this type of thinking is very, very wrong. Video games are certainly not just for kids. They are an amazing source of entertainment for mature adults too.

Exhibit number one: Uncharted 3.

What can I say about this game that hasn’t been said already?

Well, probably nothing, because critics around the world have raved about it already, and I’ve barely completed more than a few levels since I bought it upon its release on Thursday (lay off, I’m a busy guy!).

But, from the very first scene, as I was whipping crony butt in a bar fight, I could already can tell I’m going to love it as much, if not more so, than the previous instalment in the series. And, that’s a heck of a lot.

For the remainder of the play time, I’m expecting a genuinely riveting storyline, absolutely stunning settings and visuals, seamless transitions between gameplay and cut scenes, and all set to an amazing soundtrack.

The word I keep coming back to when I play this game is cinematic. It is absolutely on par with the best of big-budget films in terms of its script, visual effects and acting.

What makes it even better than popping down to my local multiplex, however, is that it is interactive as well.  I feel that much more emotionally involved when I get to be Drake.

I never got to be Indiana Jones (sob).

I have been playing computer games since I was about 5 and, back then, I never in my wildest dreams thought that I’d one day have the privilege of playing a game this impressive on every single level.

Perhaps most excitingly though, Uncharted 3 just one of a slew of games in recent times which have continually re-set the standards of quality.

The list of awesome games released in the last few years stretches as long as your arm, and just over these past few months we’ve had Batman: Arkham City, Gears of War 3, FIFA 2012, LA Noire, Rage and Battlefield 3. All of which have been released to immense anticipation, and very little in the way of audience disappointment.

And that’s just the big-budget ‘blockbuster’, console and PC games. Thanks largely to the iPhone, the last few years has also seen an explosion of cheap, simple but still wildly addictive games like Flight Control, Tiny Wings, Fruit Ninja, and, of course, everyone’s favourite: Angry Birds, which has sold more than 500 Million copies in less than 2 years since it was released.

Basically, there’s now a game out there to suit everyone’s taste.

It took about 40 years from the establishment of celluloid as a medium (at the dawn of the 20th century) before film really started to hit its peak. Through the 1940s, Hollywood went through what is now widely seen as a ‘Golden Age’. And, I’m really starting to think the exact same thing is happening here with games.

Roughly the first 40 years of video game development focussed on the steady improvement of technical aspects, in particular better and more realistic graphics.

Now that it is possible for a game to look almost as good as real life, developers’ emphasis has shifted back to the core principles of gameplay and storytelling.

And, in Uncharted 3, gamers may just have their own Citizen Kane.

Really, it’s that good.

But, if running around, jumping and climbing your way around doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, and you prefer killing terrorists and saving the world from destruction in an FPS (First Person Shooter), then the good news is that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 comes out tomorrow. That event is almost certain to be the biggest and most-profitable entertainment release of the year, across any medium. Film included.

After that there’s Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Saints Row: The Third. And that hasn’t even taken us up to the end of November.

Like I said… a golden age.

It’s just a shame so many people will miss out on the chance to experience it, because they think games are just for ’kids’.

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    • Utopia Boy says:

      01:54am | 08/11/11

      Our base is under attack!
      Building, building.
      Hehehe, That was left handed.
      Soldier reporting for duty.

      When are they going to make a modernised C&C game????

    • skepdad says:

      09:56pm | 07/11/11

      11 years of marriage to a non-gaming wife, enduring the rolled eyes, sighs and tuts.  Then she hops behind the wheel (Logitech G25) to play a bit of Gran Turismo 5 at my son’s insistence, in a replica of the family station wagon.

      An hour later she’s still trying to beat her best lap.  Over dinner she asks (fake offhand) what other cars are available.

      When the kids are asleep, I buy her a lovely powder blue Mercedes Benz 300 SL Coupe 1954, and she spends the next hour lapping the Nurburgring.

      Now she gets that it can be fun for grownups too.

      \o/

    • Vyse the Unimpressive says:

      06:52pm | 07/11/11

      I’m a JRPG fan and I’m currently replaying Skies of Arcadia on the Wii! Now that is a game that really needs to be on the VC. So many people don’t know it, and it’s such a fantastic game.

    • Ren says:

      06:28pm | 07/11/11

      Well I do have to agree with you there. I have tried to think of other names but im all out of ideas.

      Still reckon that its the name that is some of the problem !

    • Ren says:

      05:11pm | 07/11/11

      I think some of the problem is they are still called “games”

      It is like adults that read comics are losers but graphic novels are ok.

      I am tired of hearing people tell me about how they waste time and that they dont have time to play games as they switch on the TV and watch 3 + hours of advertising each night.

    • Jason Todd says:

      08:27pm | 07/11/11

      No, adults still read comics.
      Comics, Graphic novels and trade paperbacks are three very different things. Many of the comics and graphic novels that come out these days are pitched way above the heads of children.

      No point being ashamed of it. Games describes what they are. The problem is the attitude that adults shouldn’t play games. Games aren’t just for kids, people play games their whole lives. Before videogames it was sports games, card games or board games. I know groups of 60+ people who still play chess or bridge but also fit some wii in there as well.
      If the studies are anything to go by, regular playing of games is good for your brain, not to mention a brilliant way to de-stress.

    • amy says:

      06:12pm | 07/11/11

      I dotn know though….attempting to call them somthing else comes off as pretentious and unessicary

      “intereactive experience”.....doesnt exactally roll off the tounge does it?

    • Adele says:

      05:11pm | 07/11/11

      I’m Commander Shepard and this is my favourte article on the Punch.

    • Stephen Harrington says:

      09:01pm | 07/11/11

      Please tell your battalion about it then, Commander. smile

    • amy says:

      03:22pm | 07/11/11

      shame there arent any hater comments..Im in the mood to release my rightious anger upon somone…

    • amy says:

      09:47pm | 07/11/11

      I…dont understand what your taling about….sorry

      umm anyway “games ar ejust as good as any other medium you ignorant fool blah blah blah”

      there we go raspberry

    • stephen says:

      06:56pm | 07/11/11

      You fool ... that’s not righteous anger.
      (Nothing’s there ; nothing was there to begin with, and nothing will be there at the end. But I hope, for your sake, there’s a gemester’s heaven ... minus the Grand Theft Auto,(just love that one), which, of course - would just serve you right

    • amy says:

      06:14pm | 07/11/11

      .....wha?

      do you even understand what “cartoon” means? most games I play go for a more or less photo realistic look (more or less..not sure where I would place Mass effect)

    • stephen says:

      05:36pm | 07/11/11

      Newsflash.
      ‘Hundreds of teens flown in to marry older Australians.’

      Dear, are you and your type even too busy playing with cartoon characters to even want to seduce a real one ?

    • Aitch B says:

      01:41pm | 07/11/11

      I haven’t played computer games for many years - think back to Lemmings and Biomenace and you’ll know where I am. smile

      However, my son does. I’ve watched him play through the Uncharted games and found it quite enjoyable. He got U3 late last week and I watched a fair bit of it over the weekend….. and really enjoyed it!

      Sorta gives a new meaning the the age old “can I watch”? question! smile

    • Nathan says:

      12:08pm | 07/11/11

      Shadowgun on the ipad is cool. It’s like a console game in your hands. Has anyone managed to get passed the giant drill yet? But for me probably Tomb Raider on PS1/PC started it all. One of the first 3d worlds you could really look around and explore wide open spaces.

    • Sheedy's Left Foot says:

      11:52am | 07/11/11

      Never got the unchartered love in. Too manu cut-scens and the gameplay was a touch poor, particulalry some of the camera angles and controls.

      But hey, Battlefield 3, FIFA12, MW3 and Skyrim will keep me out of trouble for the next couple of months. Is Arkham that good? Never warmed to batman so always ignore it….

      GTA5 needs to up its game as 4 was a big let down.

    • Sheedy's Left Foot says:

      11:52am | 07/11/11

      Never got the unchartered love in. Too manu cut-scens and the gameplay was a touch poor, particulalry some of the camera angles and controls.

      But hey, Battlefield 3, FIFA12, MW3 and Skyrim will keep me out of trouble for the next couple of months. Is Arkham that good? Never warmed to batman so always ignore it….

      GTA5 needs to up its game as 4 was a big let down.

    • St. Michael says:

      05:16pm | 07/11/11

      If you never warmed to Batman then I’d honestly say skip it.  On the other hand, the game does have a decent chance of turning you into a Batman fan, though I’d recommend playing Arkham Asylum first.  The control system’s pretty straightforward and the combat system makes most beginners looks like black belts.  If nothing else it’s a very nicely-done game, and the celebration around Arkham Asylum was mostly along the lines of “Thank Christ they didn’t stuff up a superhero game.”

    • Ricky says:

      11:42am | 07/11/11

      The generalization that people who play games are nerds who don’t socialize, never had a girlfriend, live in pitch black and never leave there room are the individuals who’re truly naive and stupid.

      I am proud to say I am a “nerd” to all you people out there who think I should kick a football and ride my bike on weekends. Fuck what society sees me as, as I do not know you and nor will I want to know a stupid moron like you.

      I loved this article as it is true and accurate. There is no difference between a game and watching tv - it is a form of entertainment. Just because the entertainment has a different method of being conveyed doesn’t give you the right to belittle people for it. I could say that football is for jocks who like to touch mens cocks, do I? No, so you shouldn’t belittle people who have different tastes for entertainment.

      These days I don’t care about what society thinks of me as I just openly admit that I play games and watch anime. If someone looks down upon me for doing so they’re not my friend and saves me the trouble of pretending to care about them. I have finished my rant now, thanks

    • Ricky says:

      12:39pm | 07/11/11

      @Amy

      I understand my response came back as rather aggressive to those who read it, but I am honestly sick of the amount of crap I take from people who have a different view of life than I do. Just because I have different interests in life doesn’t make me any less of a human than a sportstar. The only difference is society accepts sport and not gaming because it is nerdy, as what the OP said which I agree with.

      I am surrounded by people with similar interests to myself who are proud of who they’re and I high respect for them being different to what society thinks is correct. I find a “normal” life so linear and not binary that I just can’t see myself ever being one of those people. That being said I do attempt to get along with people no matter their interests because everyone has different tastes.

      Thanks for agreeing with my response though as I appreciate it. I am happy to know I am not the only one in the world that sees life the way I do.

    • amy says:

      11:56am | 07/11/11

      whoa calm down there ricky

      but yes I agree with everything you say….though I hardly even give that a second thourght anymore, if you surround yourself with simlar minded people then you “forget” about the haters…its just normal

    • amy_t00@hotmail.com says:

      11:10am | 07/11/11

      ohh I cant wait to play uncharted, I havnt played the first one yet, got it sitting there as my backlog is big enough…

      you also cant forget assasins creed series, for its style of coarse

    • Elizabeth1 says:

      10:21am | 07/11/11

      My interest started with the first Zelda, (my sons).Loved the first few Mysts and the last few Journeyman Projects. Recently got hooked again with Oblivion and can’t wait for Skyrim.  I really loved the early adventure games of Presto And Cyan. It took me a little while to master killing things but now I have my nifty moves roll on 11/11/11.

    • Sean says:

      08:04pm | 07/11/11

      I thought I was the only one who played Journeyman Project.

    • Jason Todd says:

      08:35pm | 07/11/11

      Amy - It may be one of those games that you had to cut your teeth on. Historically though, Zelda pretty much defined the fantasy RPG genre very early on. OoT was, and still is a fantastic game.

    • amy says:

      11:15am | 07/11/11

      gaaaahhh zelda…cant say I see the apeal

    • TimB says:

      09:22am | 07/11/11

      Or Ocarina of Time, which up until now *is* the best game ever made.

      OoT is video game equivalent of the Mona Lisa. And Shigeru Miyamoto is the gaming worlds Leonardo Da Vinci.

      I shudder to think what the state of the industry would be like without Miyamoto’s influence.

    • Bennie says:

      08:26am | 07/11/11

      I rented Uncharted 3 on the weekend, and while it’s a very good game, I’m glad I didn’t buy it.  The story is pretty weak, the action quite good, although punishing at times, and after a couple of hours, I was so over the way everything in the whole world seemed to want to fall down around Drake’s ears!  Enemies take waaaaay to many bullets to put down, especially those armoured shotgun guys.  Overall I had the feeling that I’ve played this game before, a couple of times in fact, and the story wasn’t enough to drive me to want to complete it.

      That all said, the Punch doesn’t need to go into video game reviewing, or defending adult video gamers. 

      The author could have used this space for some discussion about the upcoming R18+ rating for videogames guidelines. 

      He could have explained why these new guidelines mention that the interactivity of video games “MAY” have a higher impact than similar scenes in film, despite the government previously saying that no correlation can actually be proved. 

      He could have researched and informed us why I’m able to order both upcoming games, Saint’s Row 3 & Assassins Creed Revelations online for a total of $120, but to buy these games at my local store, would cost me up to $216? 

      He could have speculated what would happen to local retailers if everybody else bought online from overseas.

    • Ben C says:

      03:29pm | 07/11/11

      @ Markus

      Activation to be linked to your PlayStation Network account… Which is likely to require a constant Internet connection. Big Brother is watching…

    • Markus says:

      02:13pm | 07/11/11

      @Ben C, I assume it will involve making you ‘activate’ a game each time you buy a new one, by registering it to your online account (whatever the PS3 equivalent of Xbox Live is), and not letting you play it until it has been activated. Easy enough to implement.

      I have no doubt someone will be able to circumvent it, but like people who unlock their Apple products, 99% of people won’t bother.

      “I would hope people wont like that..at all”
      Oh they won’t, but I am sceptical that any significant number of users would go to the effort of boycotting Sony to make their point.

    • Ben C says:

      01:13pm | 07/11/11

      @ Markus

      Someone will circumvent that in time.

      By the way, how would that locking system work? Is there going to be a sector of the disc that is empty, waiting for the PS3 to write the locking data onto it?

    • amy says:

      12:28pm | 07/11/11

      @Markus

      another way to try and comabt used game sales? I cant see how they would implement that on the current systm

      the next gen…mabye but I would hope people wont like that..at all

    • Markus says:

      12:19pm | 07/11/11

      @amy, enjoy it while it lasts. If Sony get their way, PS3 games will be locked down to the first console you play them on.
      Your console breaks and you need a new one? They’ll charge you 20 bucks for the privilege of accessing a game you already spent $100+ to own.

      If people are stupid enough to let them get away with it, I have no doubt Xbox will follow suit.

    • amy says:

      11:36am | 07/11/11

      forget online over seas…what about digital distribution? its already taken over the PC market

      I’m not a fan..not untill everyone gets unlimited fast internet..and even then you have less controll over the product…call me old fashioned but I prefer “put it in and play”..part of the reason I got a console

    • A-Pur says:

      11:21am | 07/11/11

      Why would you rent a game ?  you can go to EB buy it and return it in 7 days if you dont like it and get all your money back

    • Troy Flynn says:

      10:41am | 07/11/11

      Why would you bother to speculate when Harvey Norman has been moaning long and loudly the answer to that exact same question.

    • Zeta says:

      08:24am | 07/11/11

      Golden Age of Fail maybe.

      I like Uncharted because it dares to feature a protagonist who is not bald and angry all the time, but it’s a bit of a struggle to call it a ‘game’. It’s cinematic because it lacks game like qualities. It’s a movie you mash buttons to. That’s it.

      Going backwards through this year’s release list, Cawadooty: Murdern Werfear herpherpaderp 3, will be basically identical to every other iteration in the franchise, and every iteration to come. It’s an excuse for grown men to call each other homophobic epithets online while pointing long, phallic objects at each other without a hint of irony.

      Battlefield 3 at least matches the worst single player experience of all time with one of the best online multiplayer experiences of all time, but after spending about 15 hours playing it multiplayer, I can’t help but wonder why I paid $79.00 for only half a game, unless I ever find it within myself to sit through hours of loading screens, ham fisted D-list actors, wubstep, and more bald marines.

      Don’t even try to allege Gears of War 3 isn’t everything that is wrong with video games. The color palette consists almost exclusively of brown, with the occassional swatch of green. The game looks like a sick baby’s vomit with some Adobe Photo effects bloom shining through it. The characters are ridiculous, giant, swearing grim marines, at least the main character wears a bandanna to hide the fact he is, like everyone else in video games, bald. What ever happened to going to war with a full head of hair?

      Rage is the worst thing ID Software have done since Daikatana. That is all. It’s a corridor shooter, that’s it. OK, it’s got a spinny boomerang. That doesn’t mean it should get an award.

      Batman: Arkham City was not as good as Arkham Asylum, but passable. LA Noire was legitimately excellent - but Deus Ex: Human Revolution was a sick mockery of the original game and manages to make even the slap headed console/sequel Invisible War look good. That ending. Dear God it was bad.

      Skyrim comes out next week - minus at least a dozen features from the previous games.

      The only thing that makes me glad I even play video games is that there is a new Grand Theft Auto game on it’s way out.

    • St. Michael says:

      11:11am | 08/11/11

      @ Jason Todd: you’re having trouble with the AR Glider challenges too, huh?

      They’re truly frustrating buggers.

      “Augmented Reality Training - online.”
      “Augmented Reality Training - failed.”
      “Augmented Reality Training - online.”
      “Augmented Reality Training - failed.”
      “Augmented Reality Training - online.”
      “Augmented Reality Training - failed.”
      “Augmented Reality Training - online.”
      “Augmented Reality Training - failed.”

    • Jason Todd says:

      08:49pm | 07/11/11

      Zeta - To some extent I agree with you. I have a few points of disagreement though.
      DE-HR was good although the ending was a let down. Of course it wasn’t as great as the first game (but then we don’t see games like that anymore), to say that Invisible War was better though I think flies in the face of anyone that played the original. Invisible war was an unworthy sequel. At least when I played HR I felt as though it paid due respect to the original. Not a successor by any stretch, but still good.

      Arkham City is a tricky beast. I loved it (but I am a massive Bat-fan). I was a little dissapointed with Arkham Asylum because it felt like it didn’t go far enough. The greater freedom, breadth of characters and canon nods to long time fans was a great addition.

      I do agree with you on a few of the shooters. It is very hard to make a shooter new and innovative, and when they try, it usually goes bad. Being an old school gamer, I can’t help but feel that the games we get these days are getting progressively more dumbed down. Remember the old Silent Hill games? If you wanted to get a different ending, it hinged on you playing the whole game through again. The same goes with the original Deus Ex. I can’t help but feel now days, studios think that modern gamers can’t handle, or won’t stand for it.

      Maybe I’m just getting jaded in my old age.

    • cayal says:

      02:47pm | 07/11/11

      lol, he trashes all these good games and then says GTAV is the saving grace of gaming?
      Now I know you don’t have a clue (but then again any one who pulls out the CoD excuse is clearly just banging the troll drum).

      You simply do not have a clue if you think GTAV is saving gaming. The GTA series that RUN the EXACT same storyline with the EXACT same jobs to do and now going through the EXACT same cities.
      There is NOTHING innovative in GTA anymore. The story is this:

      Main character is from out of town/country, he meets a friend who puts him on to a guy who gives him jobs to do (car race, kill this guy, deliver this etc). After some time of doing this your friend betrays you (GTA3,4,5,VC,SA have all done this) and the rest is revenge.

      GTA summed up in a nutshell.

      Lol, saving grace. That’s rich.
      Its sad you even think gaming needs a saving grace.

    • amy says:

      02:46pm | 07/11/11

      @Zeta..ok you like your games to have a little depth, that is one thing today. games have less “depth”.. (for a number of reasons)

      though I find it interesting you like GTA..I dont know thats seems a bit like a “been there..done that” franchise, not saying its bad though, Im glad rockstar didnt go down the “COD” route and just churn out the same game over and over (instead they made the awsomeness that is red dead redemption)

      ever considered Dark souls? that game is brutal

    • Zeta says:

      01:50pm | 07/11/11

      @ SteveB - That you equate sales with quality highlights the biggest problem with gaming which is the complete lack of actual critique from the supposed ‘journalists’ that are meant to be reviewing games.

      For starters, the previous Elder Scrolls games were not the biggest games of their time - they were the best. Arena, Daggerfall, Morrowind were spectactular. Oblivion was not a work of art, but it was a good game. Everything Bethesda have said in the lead up to Skyrim’s release says it will be a step down in quality.

      Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got that excellent theme song on repeat right now, and I’m going to be screaming FUSROHDAH! at my screen for the next month when it comes out - but make no mistake, it’s not a work of genius. It’s a game manufactured to be accessible by the largest audience possible, and that sees a decrease in complexity. Complexity decreases with accessibility as a rule, which is fine for most mediums, but in gaming, the level of complexity is by definition the degree by which we measure wether or not it’s a game, or an interactive movie, which more and more games are becoming. Which is why I play EVE BTW.

      @ Macca - I spoiler proofed that comment, but since you didn’t, here’s my gripe - the ending consists of you being locked in a windowless room, your choices amount to pressing 4 buttons, which determine which voice over you get, over which cut scene. It’s a cop out. Invisible War’s ending was better.

      @ amy - Because even though it’s the sequel to one of the best online multiplayer game franchises of all time, the developers tried to cram a stupid single player mode in there, which despite the hype, lacked excitement, anything resembling a narrative, and basically ripped off the plot of COD: Black Ops. I don’t know what’s worse - not coming up with an original idea, or ripping off a shit franchise like Sawadooty 4: Modern Grenade Spam 5.

      @ St. Michael - Check out the GTAV trailer, single handedly saving gaming right now. Looks awesome.

    • St. Michael says:

      11:38am | 07/11/11

      P.S.: Batman Arkham City is worth buying just for Catwoman’s ass.  Those boys paid a lot of attention to detail.

    • St. Michael says:

      11:37am | 07/11/11

      “Batman: Arkham City was not as good as Arkham Asylum, but passable.”

      I think it’s because it feels a bit more “anime” and “cartoon-y” than Arkham Asylum was.  Even so, come back to it after finishing the Main Game storyline, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.  I’ve also heard good things about the Main Game Plus feature, I’m just picking up all of my gadget upgrades before I go into that.  And the Robin DLC is just gorgeous.

      Although the Riddler challenges are still as fucking annoying as ever.

      “The only thing that makes me glad I even play video games is that there is a new Grand Theft Auto game on it’s way out.”

      Unless it’s Vice City 2 it won’t matter.  The soundtrack was what made that game.  Come on, you know it makes sense.

    • amy says:

      11:13am | 07/11/11

      @zeta

      if you dont liek brown shooty grizzled protagonist games dont play them..you can usuly find somthing else

      plus why were you getting battlefeild 3 for single player? its called the internet..its easy to use and it saves you from bad game choices

    • Eleanor says:

      10:49am | 07/11/11

      Yahtzee? Is that you?

    • braunman says:

      10:44am | 07/11/11

      I believe the appropriate expression is “you win the internets”! Just one correction, I think it was Ion Storm who made Daikatana (to be fair mostly former id employees) but otherwise spot on!

    • Macca says:

      10:36am | 07/11/11

      Zeta, DE/HR had 4 endings, the one you get / choose is dependent on your actions / decisions earlier on in the game. I enjoyed it and the only First Player Campaign that I have recently enjoyed as much was GTA IV, which gets tediously repetitive. DE/HR biggest complaint was it was too shirt. And boss battles are lame post 2001.

      Very keen for B:AC and LA Noire. But the thought of Skyward Sword has me salivating.

    • SteveB says:

      09:26am | 07/11/11

      The levl of fail in you response Zeta is quite incredible. Skyrim, like all the previous installments fo the Elder Scrolls series, is going to be one of the biggest games of the year (my pick for GOTY). Batman: Arkham City is damn good no matter which way you look at it. As for RAGE, God of War (all of them) and BF3, they appeal to a particular market and do it very well. Games like SC3 and COD are designed to be played as team eSports. You don’t buy COD for a single player experiece, any more than you buy a football to play by yourself, its a team game.

      I do find it a little disturbing that some folks here seem to equate playing video games with a lack of social life, being somewhat gay, or generally lacking in anything meaningful. I’ve been playing games for as long as I can remember and I will encourage my kids to get into them aswell. You can learn a hell of a lot from an interactive game than from the TV or movie. Anyone ever played EVE…. its like doing an economics degree in an hour. Oh, and please dont bring in the ‘won’t someone please think of the children’ arguement. the average age of the Aussie gamer is about 30 years old.

      For the record, I don’t buy in Australia. They are marked up about 20% above Steam and other countries.

    • Adam Diver says:

      08:18am | 07/11/11

      I shouldn’t of read this article. I just don’t have time for the games these days, and I know if I get some of the great ones, my life in other areas will suffer. Now i feel a sense of loss, now that I know whats available.

    • Grammar N@zi says:

      02:39pm | 07/11/11

      “shouldn’tve” !!! = should not have

    • Shenanigans says:

      08:17am | 07/11/11

      Your article was good until you mentioned MW3 also known as Cash Cow 8.
      That game will only sell millions because of its legions of rusted on fan boys who refuse to admit that that game has been the exact same game since CoD4.
      Although you did redeem yourself for mention battlefield 3 (where you can kill some terrorists and blow up vehicles, fly jets, bring buildings down(all round better game then CoD will ever be)) and SR the third, which is coming from one of the best sandbox series ever!

      Although i wouldn’t say Golden age of gaming just yet, some if not most of the games that come out are poorly lacking in the quality department. Rage for example was a massive let down, was hyped up to be all that, it really wasn’t, the graphics failed epicly, the story just turned into your average ‘go kill some dudes here, point that gun at that big dude there, pull the trigger, win’. I could go on, there are plenty of games that are just plain shit on a stick. Lets see how skyrim turns out.

    • Sean says:

      02:37pm | 07/11/11

      @Shenanigans: Rage mostly had trouble on PCs due the trouble with graphics cards. The console versions were a lot more stable graphically, and it’s still one of the best looking games ever anyway. Great gameplay too, I wouldn’t call it a massive letdown.

      @TimB: The reason that Elder Scrolls games aren’t on that list in droves is because there have only been five in the main series (counting Skyrim), and the first two were obscure niche games for DOS while the third was their breakout game. Only Oblivion and Skyrim have been mainstream games.

    • TimB says:

      12:58pm | 07/11/11

      “Not to mention it was a Nintendo, and everyone knows Nintendo make childrens consoles.”

      This is so stupidly ignorant it’s not funny.

      As for the Elder Scrolls- I’m not a fan of the WRPG genre. I’m not a fan of the games themseleves(watching my brother play Morrowind was excruciatingly boring). But I do accept they seem to be popular, and are probably well crafted for what they are. That being said though:

      http://www.gamerankings.com/browse.html

      There’s a reason why there’s three (or four if you count the 3DS port) Zelda titles on that list, whilst the Elder Scroll games haven’t even cracked the top 50.

      Skyrim vs Skyward Sword over the holdiay period. It’s going to be interesting to see how that plays out.

    • amy says:

      12:34pm | 07/11/11

      @Wynston Cruso

      PC its where its at…well not so much thease days…but console stuff isnt too shabby (though there are depth in games generally)

    • St. Michael says:

      12:09pm | 07/11/11

      The only true console of the past which you young ‘uns must compare your modern-day-Atari-3600s against is the Commodore 64.

      64K probably isn’t all you’ll ever need, but for sheer playability and fun it was damn close.

    • Wynston Cruso says:

      11:57am | 07/11/11

      Not to mention it was a Nintendo, and everyone knows Nintendo make childrens consoles. Give me Elder Scrolls over Zelda any day, no competition. I appreciate that some people love the consoles of the past because that’s what they were brought up with, but to say they’re better than anything out now is just silly.

    • amy says:

      11:17am | 07/11/11

      n64?......but…its so UGLY

    • TimB says:

      09:09am | 07/11/11

      Everyone knows the Golden Age of Gaming was the N64 era anyway smile .

      So many classics. *Wipes away nostalgic tear*.

    • Ken Koncern says:

      07:43am | 07/11/11

      I’ve seen the opposite end of the spectrum where parents plant their kids on these machines as a substitute for love and involvement in their development only to see young adults with the attention span of a biro !!
      Like any of life’s joys exercise care and use in moderation. Particularly with developing minds.

    • skepdad says:

      09:43pm | 07/11/11

      I wonder how many of those parents are of the “games are for kids” ilk.  Most I’d guess.  Being a gamer is the best way to facilitate responsible gaming in your kids, and it’s something that you can enjoy together.

      My son loves Lego Star Wars, Angry Birds and Plants vs Zombies, as well as more traditional “outdoor” stuff like fishing and trampoline and soccer.  If I had the anti-gaming prejudice of some of the commenters here, I’d either never have introduced him to those things he enjoys, or never been able to enjoy them with him.

    • Al says:

      08:09am | 07/11/11

      Funny, the article was pointing out that a vast number of games are designed for an adult audience and you are redirecting that into a more developed form of “won’t someone think of the children?”
      Do I agree that consoles are no substitute for love and involvement of a childs parents? Yes, I do.
      Do I believe this has ANY relevance to the article? No, I don’t.

    • Mahhrat says:

      07:03am | 07/11/11

      I blew up my first console when I was 4.  I’ve owned pretty much all of them, but mostly the PC, which thanks to the fact that Microsoft and Sony are still engaged in a nearly 6-year pissing contest over who’s console is better, has just quietly gone and owned them both in terms of playability and watchability.

      Oh, and to those who reckon it’s just some dumb passtime for losers:  the last winner of the Starcraft 2 GSL was awarded $US50,000.  Cash.  Yup, he was a Korean.  Those blokes have freakish skills.

    • JC says:

      03:07pm | 07/11/11

      @amy

      It should be able to, one of Blizzards business decisions was to make SC2 accesible to as many computers as possible, meaning the difference between having the graphics on the high or low setting is huge.

      Most people play it on low even if they can run it on a higher setting anyway smile

    • amy says:

      02:40pm | 07/11/11

      been thinking of gettign starcraft 2 but not sure my less than perfect computer could handle it

    • TimB says:

      02:05pm | 07/11/11

      “I’d love to put in an article about the best moments in gaming.  Maybe I’ll write it as a non-serious piece and see if it gets a run.”

      Not a bad idea. Take your time with it & see if the team will put it up on Friday.

      Hey we got three Kardashian articles last week. Your effort is bound to be way better.

    • JC says:

      01:58pm | 07/11/11

      Oh man the typos in my last comment make me feel ill..

    • JC says:

      01:48pm | 07/11/11

      @Mahhrat

      I think most Korean win because of their confidence, sort of a “I’m supposed to win this so I will” mentality, their are plenty of full time western players that are very good but whenever they come up against a Korean they go into the game think that they will just “try their best”.

      I agree that SC isn’t the kind of game where you can scheme large plans to win, but I could never imagine it as a turn based strategy, the two don’t go together. Bloodbowl is awesome although I am not very good at it, it takes a lot more patience to build up a good team.

      You ought to check out a guy called Day[9] on youtube, he’s a very funny and VERY intelligent guy who goes into great depth on how SC strategy works and is probably one of the largest SC personalities there is.

    • Mahhrat says:

      01:43pm | 07/11/11

      @TimB - I find the same with all of the RTS games.  I don’t play games to whip myself into a button-mashing frenzy, unless that’s exactly the kind of brainless button-mashing frenzy I’m down to play at that point (Darksiders being a good example).

      Even the good “action” games are more about timing.  Arkham Asylum is awesome for that, though there’s a genre for which the console is born to dominate.  The PC controls for that game are shite.

      I’d love to put in an article about the best moments in gaming.  Maybe I’ll write it as a non-serious piece and see if it gets a run.

    • TimB says:

      01:34pm | 07/11/11

      “The big problem with SC2 is the RTS element of it.”

      lol Mahhrat. That’s like saying the big problem with Mario is the platforming elements. Or the problem with Battlefield is the shooty bits smile .

      I know what you mean though. I’m no good with the whole micro.macromanagement of RTS games either. Doesn’t stop me from trying though, at least with some of the slower paced titles. Red Alert 2 and Dawn of War were my favourite RTS games.
      RA2 had some really sneaky strategies (especially as the Allies with all the cool tech). And DoW relied just as much as holding ground as it did on mere base building & resource management. They both made for a welcome change from the Build as much crap as fast as you can, then rush’ formula of Starcraft. (Although that strategies worked to an extent in those other games too smile )

    • Mahhrat says:

      12:43pm | 07/11/11

      @JC - I watch Husky’s Youtube channel religously.  It is a sport, just not a good “team” sport, which I’d prefer.

      The big problem with SC2 is the RTS element of it.  When I’ve got a strategic game where I don’t have to do 180 actions a minute, I dominate all.

      I see the strategies they use even as they’re using them, but I don’t have the time nor inclination to learn how to multitask macro and micro like they can.

      The only reason the Koreans win is they do it full time.  While that’s awesome for e-sports, I’d love to see a game brought out now where the frantic action to micro manage isn’t necessary.

      Take Bloodbowl.  I’ve never come close to losing a game of that online, and it’s turn-based.  SC2 with a turn-based option would be sweeeet.

    • JC says:

      11:56am | 07/11/11

      I’m actually a little bit fanatical over SC2 myself, it’s pretty cool to watch if you understand what’s going on. You’d be suprised how much pace it’s gaining in Europe and USA now, the only thing holding it back is how nerdy it is raspberry

    • TimB says:

      07:54am | 07/11/11

      Its amazing how big Starcraft is over there. It’s almost considered to be the national sport. The professional players there are akin to our football or cricket stars. It’s truly mindboggling.

    • Dave says:

      07:00am | 07/11/11

      I’m 54, have an active life and a PS3. I just bought a Move contoller and can really work up a sweat playing sports like tennis.

    • patsy says:

      07:54am | 07/11/11

      @Dave. That’s the best thing about this. I have Wii Sports and bought Just Dance. There’s no way I’m going to a gym and this is the best fun workout to stave off future illness and get fit in a fun way. They also have these in most nursing homes now.

    • Nic says:

      06:29am | 07/11/11

      So is the idea of 11 grown men with sticks chasing a ball around in shorts - but I still do it every week. So is a grown man sitting down to completely passively watch a show about other people renovating houses - but a million or so did that every week. More than a few thousand *combine* those two ridiculous ideas, and completely passively watch a set of ~30 grown men run around in short shorts trying to kick a ball through two sets of posts every weekend. You know the best bit? Some of those people will also play video games. The activities aren’t mutually exclusive. Indeed, I play games. I also have a girlfriend, play sport, have beers with my mates, watch movies, go to the beach, watch TV, and am successful in both my studies and my work.

      Indeed, it’s just another form of the entertainment industry, and in fact transcends film and TV in that the interactivity means the player controls the story to some extent. This is true in some games more than others, to be sure, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a game in which it isn’t true at all. You’ll also find that gaming can be a social activity - games like Mario Kart (or Call of Duty, or even Wii Sports!) can be played in the living room with your mates. In fact, if you’ve not ever ‘drunk and drove’ a Mario Kart with 3 friends, I can highly recommend it. Just don’t translate that to a car that’s not on a screen.

    • Alex says:

      06:24am | 07/11/11

      Give me one reason why playing a video game is any worse than watching a game of footy on the TV. (Hint: There isn’t one.)

      Hypocrites.
      Hypocrites everywhere.

    • Jason Todd says:

      08:20pm | 07/11/11

      Steve M - Games end too. They also have natural stopping points interspersed so really, you can play for as long or as short as you may wish.
      Games are capable of teaching things also. Other posters have mentioned the historical accuracy of games like “Assassins Creed”.

      I’m showing my age here, but I credit videogames very highly for my problem solving abilities and ability to read and write (the Sierra quest series anyone?)

      I may be biased (can’t stand televised sport) but explain to me what one may learn from watching a football game? Six times tables maybe?

    • cayal says:

      02:41pm | 07/11/11

      lol, I am an avid gamer but games will NEVER take over movies. That’s just silly.

    • Budz says:

      01:49pm | 07/11/11

      Steve, the reason people lose track of time is because it’s so engrossing and enjoyable (as you said)! I don’t see this as a bad thing.
      Take note, the gaming industry will kill Hollywood. Either that or movies will have to become interactive where people get to choose the path of the story. (i.e. choose your own adventure).

    • amy says:

      11:20am | 07/11/11

      no need to worry…this attitude is becoming less common, and when ever somone does show it they usually get shot down anyway (as demonstrated above..though I suspaect thats just trolling)

    • Steve M says:

      11:09am | 07/11/11

      Ok, i will. TV programs end. Its much harder to see large segments of time disappear without a concept of how much time has been wasted. Who ever heard someone say, “bugger, i didnt realise the time of have spent six hours watching tv”. Easy to do with this generation of games. They draw you in. Also, if you are watching tv there is a chance, slender i’ll grant, that you may actually learn something.

    • Macca says:

      05:41am | 07/11/11

      Umm, you didn’t mention Deus Ex: Human Revolution, the prequel to probably the best PC game of all time, which was released last month. if cinematic is what you are going for, DE:HR is all over it.

      Pretty excited to pick-up LA Noir and Arkham Asylum this week too. And Skyrim could well result in mr becoming single again… Damn I hate tough decisions.

      Speaking of which, this is what top-shelf games are so good at now; decisions. The choices and actions you make during the game directly impact on the storyline and characters responses to you.

    • James says:

      12:00pm | 07/11/11

      No-one has mentioned D3 yet?? Heathens!

    • amy says:

      11:39am | 07/11/11

      @markus Oh yes ME3…..I cant wait….I may actually cry when its over…

      speaking of which Red dead redemption made me tear up a bit…it was so tragic

    • amy says:

      11:05am | 07/11/11

      @VVS aparently its very very bad..probably not worth your time

      and aparently also somwhat racist

    • Markus says:

      10:30am | 07/11/11

      I’m excited about Mass Effect 3 coming out next year.
      Just in the process of playing through ME2 again at the moment, still just as fun as the first time.

    • dancan says:

      09:30am | 07/11/11

      oh god Skyrim.  Goodbye TV, goodbye all other forms of media

    • TimB says:

      08:42am | 07/11/11

      Xenoblade trolls the player? Interesting thought. What exactly do you mean by that though? Is it the level 70+ monstrosities that roam around what’s only the second area of the game (the Bionis Knee) whilst taunting your hideously underleveled party? Because that’s a dick move IMO.

      Aprt from that the scope of the game is staggering, there’s no way I’ll see everything it has to offer. It was all a bit overwhelming so I put it aside for Space Marine, but I’ll probably get back into it over the Christmas break when I have more play time.

      It kind of makes me feel sorry for the Americans seeing as we get it and they don’t.

    • VVS says:

      08:15am | 07/11/11

      Has anyone played the new Call of Juarez game…?

      It looks pretty cool, but would like some other opinions before shelling out my hard earned…

    • Damian Parkhill says:

      07:59am | 07/11/11

      Didn’t really like DE/HR - kinda reminds me of the intro to Swordfish, with the producer looking for meaning in a haze of bong smoke.

      But while I’m at it - I would like to give the creator of Xenoblade a standing ovation! - its one game almost certain to provide and challenge and troll you in equal measure

    • KH says:

      06:34am | 07/11/11

      I love Deux Ex.  Its a great game.  I also love my ps3.  And im not a man.  So there.

    • Gary Cox says:

      05:37am | 07/11/11

      Get a life, get a girlfriend, play some sport, go for a beer with some mates. The idea of a grown man spending his weekend sitting in a dark room in pyjamas playing video games is sad.

    • jb says:

      05:15am | 08/11/11

      Hmmm… Wondering if this post was supposed to elicit a response or the author (Gary) actually believes what he wrote.
      In answer: I have a life, so much so that I enjoy the time I get to play my PS3 as I don’t play as much as I want to.
      I have a wife and daughter, my wife actually plays video games more than me due to the amount of “social” Facebook games she plays. I would be considered to be a more “hardcore” gamer than her though. My daughter loves playing Singstar at the moment.
      I go for a beer quite often with mates. I also quite enjoy a quiet drink at home with friends and family.
      Despite having played video games since I was 10 (now 29) I can’t recall ever “spending his weekend sitting in a dark room in pyjamas playing video games”. Though I will admit to more than 1 night playing all night. But no more so than the movie marathon weekends that my mates and I used to run.

      Anyway, totally agree with this article.

    • B says:

      04:40pm | 07/11/11

      @Gary Cox

      Alot of these games are played with friends around and beer being drunk.  I fail to see this as no life.  In actual fact he is participating more in modern society than you are.  Your shutting yourself off from 30-50% of the worlds entertainment mate!!

    • Al 2 says:

      02:09pm | 07/11/11

      Here is a little addition. My son got into Assassin’s Creed and started loved all the historical tidbits that it delivers. He has now developed a fascination for Renaissance Italy and has learned all about Leonardo da Vinci, the Medici’s, Machiavelli and a whole host of things. He has learnt a bit of Italian and now interested in travelling to Italy to see the places that were so beautifully represented.
      He is not a nerd, but a mad basketballer with not much interest in school, yet this has opened a whole new environment for him.
      He is now getting interested in computer modelling and photography off the back of it. Not bad inspiration from a virtual assassin.

    • James says:

      12:08pm | 07/11/11

      lol Gary.
      Get a girlfriend: I have a wife.
      Play some sport: How about 3 that absorb so much energy I have to cycle between them in stages over the course of a year?!
      Go for a beer: Meh beer sucks, but hiking with and climbing with mates is better.
      Get life: Pretty sure i meet the required definitions.

      As for video games: heck yes and look, I can make stereotypes about you too:

      The idea of a grown overweight man sitting in his singlet and short shorts on the couch with a ciggy and a beer in hand watching a bunch brainless fools chase after a ball on TV is equally disturbing, if not more so, than the stereotype you purport.

      Checkmate.

    • amy says:

      11:41am | 07/11/11

      @Damian Parkhill

      I hope ezios story ends…Im getting a bit sick of him and renassance italy

      I like assasins creed (im going through brotherhood) but I feel like Im playing it because i “have to” not because I want too..I may be even more sick of it by the time revelatiosn come out

      dont get me wrong though, I liek ezio and love the setting…I just hope they try somthign different next time around

    • amy says:

      11:07am | 07/11/11

      @Gary cox…..I’ve had enough of your snide insinuations..*PUNCH*

    • Keith Hammersmith says:

      10:36am | 07/11/11

      But I can see Gary stuck in front of the TV all day on a Sunday watching the cricket or perhaps Bathurst..  Thats much better than playing an interactive game probably online so you are socializing at the same time.

    • Tchom says:

      09:59am | 07/11/11

      Get bent, Gary! I like my dark room and pyjamas are comfortable. Your life sounds boring and dumb

    • Condor says:

      09:55am | 07/11/11

      Gary
      I don’t play video games because I don’t see much interesting about them. For storylines I’ll watch a good TV show. For action I’ll watch a good movie. The rest of the time I’m at work or at the gym (and occasionally at the pub).

      However, I wouldn’t be so ignorant as to insult someone by saying they are in a dark room in their pyjamas.

      I know plenty of guys in their 30s and 40s who play video games. I’m the exception by not playing them.  They are all accountants, lawyers, doctors, bankers etc. Some of them even have wives/girlsfriends, too.

    • TimB says:

      08:53am | 07/11/11

      I haven’t seen the Codex myself yet, but I’ve been hearing stories. Scarabs eating armour sounds nasty. I don’t think I’m going to like that.

      Apparently everyone (read non-Necron players) are bitching because Necron’s don’t suck anymore. lol. 

      Ah the joys of a new codex release. “Overpowered! Broken! Cheese!”. It’s never disappointing.

      One thing that I don’t like though is the complete retconning of the Necron fluff. That’s going to impact on the Eldar too.

    • Damian Parkhill says:

      07:53am | 07/11/11

      Whatever made you think I wear pyjamas while playing games?

      Also I find the idea of a guy that “has a life/girlfriend/beer &sports; translates into…...

      Overweight, jock that embarrasses his mates by bringing out his abuse screeching/male belittling girlfriend with him (provided she lets him out of the house in the first place)

      Kinda even more sad really….......

      On another note the next Assassin’s Creed comes out soon - can’t wait to see how Ezio’s story ends!

      @TimB

      btw have you seen the train wreck otherwise known as the Necron codex yet?

    • Al says:

      07:38am | 07/11/11

      Gary:
      Funny, maybe you should speak to my MOTHER.

      She never used to play video games and thought they were childish, then at the age of 60 she ACTUALY tried some and guess what, she enjoyed them so much she now has her own console and favorite games, looks after her grandchildren and goes out and socialises with particular intrest groups at least twice a week and recently got married.
      Kind of destroys your impressions of a ‘gamer’ doesn’t it.

    • Chris sharp says:

      07:11am | 07/11/11

      Please don’t feed the troll.

      Personally looking forward to buying Uncharted 3 as well. I wouldn’t call it Citizen Kane though; the Indiana Jones reference is more accurate, for those unfamiliar with the series.

    • Kipling says:

      06:17am | 07/11/11

      Yeah, what Bill said. I like the idea of “interactive” tv rather than sitting in front of the box like a zoned out zombie (wow that could make a video game…).

    • Bill says:

      05:53am | 07/11/11

      I have a life, I have a girlfriend, I play sport, I go for a beer with my mates every week, and I play video games (not in a dark room either).

      Stop being such a stick in the mud, Gary. Spending an hour playing video games is no different to watching TV for an hour - it’s just a bit of harmless entertainment. Try it. You just might like it.

    • TimB says:

      05:46am | 07/11/11

      What’s sad is that you automatically imagined the author in his pajamas in a dark room despite nothing to indicate such a scenario anywhere in the article.

      Perhaps this is a deep unconcious fantasy of yours? I can’t say ‘dark room and pajamas’ resembles any sexual fetish I’ve ever heard of, but whatever floats your boat.

 

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