Games Sports Came From Crawford
GAMES. Just the other day, while reading an interesting article on technology, I was reminded of all the wonderful things that games have given people. These things include happiness, excitement, accomplishment, and even peace. In other words, the entire human experience can be derived from playing video games.
How did this discovery come about? Well back in 23 Decades ago, during World War II, the United States was engaged in a war with Japan. As the war raged on, so too did the number of games that were developed for this eventual conflict. Among these games were many Computer games including one called Rocky. A computer game so popular, that it was actually featured in a documentary of the same name: Rocky the Robot.
Rocky the Robot was not the first computer game to be produced. In fact, it was not the first ever computer game. But it was certainly the first one to ever feature the very concepts that we know today as action, adventure, and puzzle involved in it. One thing that the creators of the Rocky computer program forgot to include however, was the element of the emotion that was so important in computer games. The result of this oversight was a series of computer games that simply had a lot of action, but no real emotions.
A decade later, Chris Crawford, lead programmer for Risk! and owner of The Odd Growerz studio, rediscovered that concept. He realized that in order to create emotional responses in computer games, you needed to put a little more effort into the design. His new theory for making board games more emotional involved the development of stories about the characters in the games.
Board games can have cards, dice, gems, and other elements, but they are all designed the same way. A die roll is often used for adding randomness to the mix. The goal is to roll the die and match it with the cards on the table. It is the interaction between the players that creates the excitement. Chris Crawford did this in his fan favourite game called the Space Alert, which is still available on many websites. As he got further into creating games that included narrative elements, he found that he could make players feel more connected to their characters and the world that they were living in.
This led him on a path towards creating emotional experiences with his video games sports genre. The genre is quite distinct from board games and card games. Video games sports is where the player interacts with characters in a virtual world. Instead of abstract board games and card games, you have to physically interact with the characters in the games. You are forced to make decisions about what moves your character makes and how those moves affect the outcome of your game. That makes it far different than traditional board games and card games.
Crawford is well known for creating engaging and memorable characters in his video games. In his most famous game called Odd Blob, you are tasked to save the cute little creature from the bottom of an ocean trench. To do this you must use a combination of platform jumping, puzzle solving, shooting, and platform sliding. It’s a lot of fun, and it makes you feel like you are part of something bigger than yourself. The action that you witness is enough to satiate your quest to rescue the Odd Blob.
It was then that he decided to strike out on his own and create video games sports. This would help him connect with his fans even more. He created Odd Blob: The Legend of Mr. Bubble. For the next couple of years he worked on Odd Blob again, and added new characters and adventures. These further enabled him to make more successful board games and card games.