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Video Games At PHS

Video games at PHS? Not something very school related, is it? Despite this, South students use it as an escape from life in school, and a way to have some fun.

The big question is usually, are you part of the Playstation nation, or an Xbox gamer?  But growing rapidly in numbers are PC players, or computer gamers. As recently as April of 2017, Steam, a well know PC game website, had over 4,200 games for digital sale, with prices up to 80 percent off on select titles.

The kinds of games South students play vary all over the place, ranging from FPS (first person shooters), to sports games like Madden NFL, FIFA, and NBA 2K, and puzzle games like Peggle and Portal to RPG’s (role playing games).

There’s also the occasional side scroller that comes along and is a major hit.

Senior Michael Allen, an all around gamer, primarily plays on his PlayStation 4, but occasionally dips over to Xbox One and PC.

Allen said, “Xbox has its perks, but interface on PlayStation 4 is so much simpler, and less problematic and glitchy. Xbox games with gold (a membership subscription) are always nice, but due to the microphone and connection issues, I’d rather stick with PS4, which also offers two free games monthly.”

Senior Devin McCombs had a different opinion.

McCombs says, “Xbox is setup much better than PlayStation,” and cites the technical errors that have plagued PlayStations since the release of the original console.

Popular video game franchises like COD (Call Of Duty), Halo, Assassin’s Creed, and GTA (Grand Theft Auto) are in high demand whenever released. The wait time between sequels usually ranges anywhere from two three years, but occasionally takes even longer than that.

Call Of Duty, however, has two different studios, Treyarch and Infinity Ward, working on different sequels at a time. This enables them to release a game every year, which gamers and parents open their wallets wide to purchase.

Unfortunately, the  gaming community, PC, PlayStation, and Xbox gamers alike, have overall been disappointed with three of the last five Call Of Duty titles, only showing slight improvements with the remastering of a fan favorite, 2007’s game of the year, Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare.

Senior Jonathan Seve is among those disappointed with the scramble to throw something onto the shelves, where purchases skyrocket, but quickly tank.

He said, “I’d be willing to wait five years between sequels if I had the opportunity to play something I’d really enjoy, not finish in a week, and not become quickly bored of because it’s a remake of the same old, same old.”

Something that plagues all gamers is the wait time between announcing of new titles, and the actual release date of the title. For example, Metro Exodus, the next chapter in the highly regarded series and sequel to Metro Last Light, was announced at E3, June 2017, but is not slated to release until December of 2018. This kind of thing is one of the many things that cross console gamers are driven crazy by.

Cross-Console gaming has been a reoccurring topic since it was first announced that serious progress had been made. It continues to be a thorn in the side of not just gamers, but the developers continuing work on it.

Since 2012, there have been at least four documented instances of major setbacks in the ongoing work to develop cross-console gaming, with 17 other unconfirmed instances of slight to serious setbacks.

Senior Danny Nitzel has his own thoughts on cross-console gaming.

He said, “You would think it’s a good idea at first, but will quickly turn downhill due to either technical errors, or the intense hunt for games to play with your friends, this can and will only lead to problems.”

This year’s holiday season will feature the best of the best, with Assassin’s Creed, Wolfenstein, Call Of Duty, WWE 2K and Star Wars Battlefront releasing sequels, along with the highly anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2, separated by eight years from its predecessor.

Gaming is an enjoyable way to spend your time, and South students use it to the fullest extent.