DO YOU WATCH DISNEY MOVIES?
THIS IS BETTER
Did you EVER go to the cinema and pay to watch a movie?
If the answer is YES, you should probably continue reading.
In case you think this might be only for video game players or people who enjoy Batman, ask yourself why most of the people who go watch Disney movies are adults.
It’s because they made such a good story.
The demographic becomes less important.
Did you know that Harry Potter was a book for children? Well, the phenomena certainly didn’t take off because of children paying with their own hard earned money for all of the merchandise.
He is not your friendly neighbor (that’s Spiderman).
Now, let’s make it brief.
You could spend your time actually playing it, rather than reading TOO MUCH about it.
#1 YOU MAKE THE DECISIONS
See the image above?
Yes, I’m guilty. I didn’t pinky swear with John.
The game lets you shape the outcomes.
This is not your average game, where you just go through levels, die and revive, play and collect, slice and dice and so on.
Here you take a decision and deal with it.
Sounds like real life, doesn’t it?
That’s the main reason why it’s so interesting. It’s an actual challenge for the mind. Some decisions are though. In life, we might have to do this at a couple of months or years, since our life is not full of villains that try to kill you or your friends (oops, spoiler alerts).
If you are a good friend 90% of the time, that’s fine, right?
Oh boy, you know how it’s enough to do just one bad thing and no one will forget it?
If you’re going to be nice with a person in this game, but just that ONE time, you hurt their feeling, you might really change their perspective on you.
The game actually has a system that changes the relationship status you have with other characters, depending on what you say, and you’ll see it right away.
Would be cool to have something like that in real life, wouldn’t it?
The game shines at decision-making, but better watch what choice you make, you don’t want (too many) enemies.
#2 CHEAPER THAN STARBUCKS COFFEE
This is the most important reason, really.
Unless you go to Starbucks to meet a friend that you haven’t seen in years, work there because it’s a better place than your home or other coffee places (although I doubt it) or just go there so rarely that your wallet won’t cry, then you might be spending money without much of an ROI (return on investment).
I’m a coffee lover too, but with the same price of a coffee at Starbucks, I can buy a 500g pack of ground coffee and drink it at home. The water is free. Oh, and it lasts me around a month.
Now, the idea is to put it into perspective.
Starbucks, will it go away? Not really.
Will the Batman movie go away? Not really.
But, if you go again at Starbucks, will you get a new super limited edition coffee that was made through months of work? Will you get a new experience, or will it be something you’re already used to?
It’s easy to think something is expensive when you compare it with something from the same category.
Are there free games on the market? Sure, a lot of them.
Are there free coffee’s out there? Let me know if you find that place.
If we compare, yes, you can play other video games for free, but does that mean that your wallet can feel the difference between paying $4 for a Starbucks coffee vs. $4 for a video game?
It’s always hard to compare cost vs. benefit, but if you sit down and think, it just seems like common sense, doesn’t it?
#3 LASTS LONGER THAN A MOVIE AT THE CINEMA
Ok, this might not be true if you compare it with Lord of the Rings, but that was 15 years ago already
The Batman game has 5 episodes.
If you split the game time for each episode, you get an average of 90 to 120 minutes per episode, which is around the 2-hour mark that most movies have.
We all know how sometimes you expect a great movie at the cinema, but then wonder why you even paid to see it, since it was so bad.
So, why might that happen?
So many factors that you wouldn’t even have enough time in a day to read them. It might be that you were not in the mood. It might be that you didn’t go with your best friends. It might be that you didn’t like one actor. It might be that they didn’t give you enough popcorn and so on and do son.
Now, with a video game, the story is a little different.
You have the trailer just like the movie has, BUT you also have the whole gameplay on YouTube. Now, how about that? You can actually watch and decide from the first couple of minutes or maybe half an hour if you really like it or not? That’s crazy.
How about actually buying the game and playing it whenever you feel like doing it? How about making as much popcorn as you want and not having to pay extra for it? No one making strange noises and distracting you during your experience? Sometimes we might wonder how cinemas are still in business.
Ok, maybe it’s not a fair fight for movies if you compare them with a well-crafted video game, but who said it should be a fair fight?
Our free time is the same no matter what we invest it in, so why not try to invest it in something that might actually be worth it?
#4 REPLAY VALUE
How many times are you going to watch the same movie?
Unless it’s Harry Potter, probably not more than once.
You know why I’m bringing this up?
Because of reason #1.
Remember how I said that decisions are important?
If you had the chance to go back in time and take a different decision in your life, just at ONE point, would you do it?
Most of us probably would.
We all like to say that we regret nothing, but wasn’t there a time where you didn’t have enough courage to do something, a time when you wanted to say something but just couldn’t get the words out or how about when you did something really stupid and still ask yourself why did I do that?
Usually, the problem is that we won’t know what would have happened if we took a different decision anyway. That is why in real life it doesn’t really apply and we shouldn’t think of what COULD have happened.
However, in this game, the things are different.
You can go back in time.
You can take a different decision.
You can see a different outcome.
How interesting is that?
What if you can keep everyone alive? What if you don’t let anyone get hurt? What if you can still keep everyone’s respect? These are just a few questions that you might ask yourself during the game.
You might play it once, and not be satisfied, but who said you don’t have another go at it? The truth is that you do have and you can see everything unfold as you want.
#5 THE SAME QUALITY AS AN IPHONE
Before you start thinking that the iPhone might the best phone out there, let me tell you that the comparison doesn’t have to do with how good it is by comparison.
You know how often Apple releases an iPhone?
Unless they have changed their strategy, it’s ONE time per year.
They make ONE big event and that’s when they show their new model(s).
That’s the moment they show you all the hard work they have put in.
You don’t get an alpha, you don’t get a beta, you don’t get a half-finished product. You get what was worked on for a long time and you know that it is of a high quality.
Why am I telling you this?
Because the company that did this Batman: Enemy Within game, is called Telltale Games and they have a track record of doing quality work.
You can see a full list of their games if you scroll down on this page. They release around 2 to 3 games a year. They started operating in 2005, so they do have a good knowledge of how to create these games.
In fact, did you know that after previous video games based on his works received negative or mediocre critical responses, George R. R. Martin opined that he wanted “a Game of Thrones game to be made by a studio that knows how to create a thrilling and interesting story”.
Who do you think made the game after all?
You guessed it, Telltale Games.
Game of Thrones has a 6 episodes-arc video game, which were released gradually in around 1 year, starting in December 2014.
The game actually received so much positive feedback, that a Season 2 is already in the works for a new episodic arc.
Telltale Games seems to have a track record of creating quality work when you look at most of their games, especially the ones where you definitely know that they would put the extra effort for, as in Batman or Game of Thrones.
The iPhone is what made Apple great, and we know they will always put the effort in making it the best version they can, each year.
The Batman games will be exactly the same for Telltale Games. The company knows that it is one of their biggest chances to show their best work, by creating a story around one of the most popular superheroes ever created.
HAVING FUN PLAYING
The game does look pretty interesting, doesn’t it?
However, as with any type of addiction, you have to be introduced to it at least once.
Now you’re probably thinking why I used the word addiction here. It’s because an addiction doesn’t necessarily have to be bad.
Ever heard of positive addictions?
Probably not. Because no one really says they have an addiction for dancing or eating healthy, do they?
How about an addiction for working out or studying?
If there would be one addiction this game would fall into, it would be the addiction for a good story.
You shouldn’t necessarily do the same way I did and finish it in 2-3 days, but it will be somewhat difficult to resist playing the next episode after of them ends.
It’s also fun to see how other people made their decision since the game shows a short summary at the end of each episode. You can see if you made the popular choice or if you were an outlier. I know I did some decisions that made sense by being Bruce Wayne and Batman, just to find out later that not many took the same path.
I don’t want to spoil the fun but although decisions haven’t been a critical part of the previous Batman game the company made, now it will affect the 5th episode from start to end.
Characters are introduced gradually and you have the chance to interact with them. It give you the possibility of knowing them on a more personal level.
With the exception of one, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by their representation. It shows their beliefs and motivations. Even if you find it difficult to understand their actions at times, they do have a logical flow.
For example, Joker has always been an interesting character but personally, I’ve never seen him portrayed like this, which actually resembles a real-life person. You will be able to talk with him and meet some of his friends as well.
When you will meet Harley Quinn, you’ll have to decide, if you’re going to “putcha lips on it”.
A GAME YOU WON’T FORGET
If you’re willing to give it a try, I’m pretty sure you won’t forget the experience.
The good part with this type of game is that you can’t lose hundreds of hours as in an online game, that pretty much relies on you to play it for as long as possible.
Have you seen the 1000+ hours people have on just 1 game on steam? Probably most 6 figure businesses (>$100k) have been made in less than that.
The model here is different and that’s why I consider it a “healthy” video game which brings both pleasure and practicality.
It is one of the few games I do enjoy playing and I would recommend.
If you don’t believe me, maybe the Joker can convince you.
And with this, I’ll wrap it up and thank you personally for taking your time to read, I appreciate it and hope there’s value that you got out of this post. 🙂
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