Video Games in anime



  • Hey everyone, I'm doing my midterm over how anime has taken an interest in gaming components, from New Game's in depth look about what goes into gaming to D-Frags playing games and everything in between. I'm including anime that falls outside of FUNimation's licensing. So without further delay:

    What do you think of this newest trend?

    Do you find it interesting?

    With multiple titles involving gaming on the horizon (Recovering MMO junkie, Overlord Season 2, No game No life Zero (movie) etc.), what are some concerns you have?

    I thank you for your time in answering my questions.

    Thank you and have a great day.



  • Honestly I didn't really care for New Game.

    D-Frag on the other hand, I absolutely love. I really loved that the central theme was more or less "what is a game?" That PISS contest was awesome and the porn mags in space thing was hilarious.

    Log Horizon is my favorite "trapped in a video game" anime, it felt more real to me. Accel World was pretty cool how friendships can ride entirely on games, actual relationships can and do fall apart when both parties are pretty intense in their gaming.

    I didn't like SAO because they opened saying that the beta testers were only able to get up to the 8th floor in a 100 floor game, then it became a death game. Even if it was just a stress test beta, there is no way that those 92 floors that went unexplored were bug free. And then living as if its all okay? The population never being able to grow? Its just not going to work. Progression raiding has a LOT of dying involved. A LOT of dying. Wasn't it like 2k people getting out alive when at the start it was 10k or something like that? After how many years? Sorry but no, that just won't work.

    Overlord, yea it was kinda cool and all but... it was kinda boring.

    I'm looping Isekai animes in as well because they kinda are the same, just lacking the video game aspect.

    Re:Zero has a respawn mechanic with the over-world working by script, if you ask me, this is ripe for abuse by Subaru but for some reason he won't. It was like he has no concept of death warping.

    Danmachi (Dungeon) is pretty much a DnD campaign, but its so well done (in my opinion anyway). Its definitely an anime that should at least be given a look-see (again this is my opinion).

    Bikini Warriors, Hyperdimension Neptunia, and Konosuba all are super fun animes (or in HDN's case, also game) to watch as parodies of video games.

    Sega Hard Girls is pretty much watching a history anime about the Sega consoles/games. If you're looking into video games and anime, I'd recommend that one.



  • @predaspredator said in Video Games in anime:

    What do you think of this newest trend?

    At the end of the day, it's a theme, just like any other. If it presents the opportunity to give a good story, or even visual design, I wish it luck and look forward to what's on offer.

    Do you find it interesting?

    Well, sure. Though this could completely backfire if this new theme is overdone.

    With multiple titles involving gaming on the horizon (Recovering MMO junkie, Overlord Season 2, No game No life Zero (movie) etc.), what are some concerns you have?

    I don't really have any concerns with the concept of a video game theme. Both, anime and video games give the opportunity to give us an infinite amount of possibilities. Video games are just a reason to break those real world constraints while also potentially breaking off the mythological/supernatural aspect.

    However, their is a big difference on the gaming theme, and the gaming sub-culture. Nobody likes to be portrayed in the media (anime or not) as the worst that sub-culture has to offer. Take a look at "Umaru" from "Himouto! Umaru-chan" as a bad caricature of a gamer; I think the anime "Gamers" gives a better representation, while also still not ignoring some of the drawbacks of the personality that is drawn to gaming.

    I thank you for your time in answering my questions.
    Thank you and have a great day.

    Cheers, I wish you luck on your midterm.



  • I'm a fan of a lot of the creator type anime whether it be New Game! or even the sub-plot of the creation of a girl game in Welcome to the NHK. This of course encompasses the manga and anime creation shows as well, but those are not the topic being discussed here. There's something about understanding/learning about the behind the scenes process, and having it wrapped into a neat package with a story.

    My biggest concern, as has already been stated, is that the idea of using games in anime will become overused as a plot device. We're already talking about anime, where the only limiting factor is the creativity of the author, so I'm kind of mixed on the idea of using games just as a way to get into a world which could just as easily be miraculously created within themselves. However, some instances, such as Log Horizon where a requirement of the game world and reality are requisites to support the whole story seem to make good use of this genre.

    A lot of anime are using "game mechanics", such as the death warp already mentioned, without really implying a game. Recently, it has also become commonplace to follow the "Oops, died in this world, so onto the next with all my knowledge or boosted abilities" genre, and even a couple of those are using game mechanics without directly saying. The genre itself seems to have expanded to create these segments of the industry, and a lot of them are rather enjoyable. I even regularly compare "In Another World with my Smartphone" to a beginning modder where everything is so overpowered it's ridiculous, but still very entertaining.

    On an aside note, @darthrutsula40 , I gave thought to the idea of using the death warp idea as an advantage while originally watching Re:Zero, and think I figured out why Subaru isn't using this as an advantage. I can't state from first-hand experience, but "apparently" dying hurts an awful lot!!! ;-D



  • @darthrutsula40 said in Video Games in anime:

    D-Frag on the other hand, I absolutely love.

    Yes, D-Frag was definitely some good stuff.



  • Hello,

    Yes, this trend in anime is interesting and don't necessarily see it as problematic if the series is well done and doesn't fall into stale tropes. I seem to be hearing a lot recently about characters "breaking the fourth wall" etc. perhaps a bit too much.

    Believe it or not, i recently picked up And You Thought There Is Never A Girl Online. I don't know if the series was great, but, it was good.

    I've said this before, but, i remember the impact of .Hack//Legend of the Twilight Bracelet on CN where it was traumatizing to see these young kids lying helpless in the hospital where their consciousness was trapped in the virtual world. To this day, a factor in why i just don't want to get involved with these VR headsets like Oculus and the like as ridiculous as it sounds. Not to mention they would probably conflict with the strength of my glasses prescription insofar as i do not wear contacts.

    Regards,
    P.J.



  • @P.J. said in Video Games in anime:

    Not to mention they would probably conflict with the strength of my glasses prescription insofar as i do not wear contacts.

    I hear you on this one. I want to try some of the VR stuff I've seen, but have yet to find a headset which can account for my prescription. I have a weak prescription, but have to wear bifocals. Because the headsets are set to the head, they don't allow for me to shift my eyes for the close distance to the screen and makes everything out of focus (doing away with the entire reason to try it). Really sucks because I'd actually be willing to pay more for a usable headset than the game systems if there was one that would work like it's expected to.



  • Hello once again Pleco Breeder,

    Recently, i heard of a situation where one of the titles that allows you to experience the dynamics of flight was bringing on a sense of nauseousness.

    Sincerely,
    P.J.



  • @pleco_breeder said in Video Games in anime:

    @P.J. said in Video Games in anime:

    Not to mention they would probably conflict with the strength of my glasses prescription insofar as i do not wear contacts.

    I hear you on this one. I want to try some of the VR stuff I've seen, but have yet to find a headset which can account for my prescription. I have a weak prescription, but have to wear bifocals. Because the headsets are set to the head, they don't allow for me to shift my eyes for the close distance to the screen and makes everything out of focus (doing away with the entire reason to try it). Really sucks because I'd actually be willing to pay more for a usable headset than the game systems if there was one that would work like it's expected to.

    Probably because of how bifocals work. I have single vision glasses and I didn't have any problems when I demo'd PSVR.



  • @darthrutsula40 said in Video Games in anime:

    Probably because of how bifocals work. I have single vision glasses and I didn't have any problems when I demo'd PSVR.

    Definitely because of how they work. In order to adjust the focus from near to far, or vice-versa, bifocals require you to adjust the angle which you're looking through the lenses. Since the head gear is stationary relative to your eyes, and glasses, the adjustment isn't possible. I tried both PSVR and Rift before I realized what the problem was, and (for obvious reasons) wasn't nearly as impressed as the hype had led me to believe. Maybe someday they'll manage to add a script to allow to change focus of the gear, but I've given up on actively searching for the time being.



  • @pleco_breeder said in Video Games in anime:

    @darthrutsula40 said in Video Games in anime:

    Probably because of how bifocals work. I have single vision glasses and I didn't have any problems when I demo'd PSVR.

    Definitely because of how they work. In order to adjust the focus from near to far, or vice-versa, bifocals require you to adjust the angle which you're looking through the lenses. Since the head gear is stationary relative to your eyes, and glasses, the adjustment isn't possible. I tried both PSVR and Rift before I realized what the problem was, and (for obvious reasons) wasn't nearly as impressed as the hype had led me to believe. Maybe someday they'll manage to add a script to allow to change focus of the gear, but I've given up on actively searching for the time being.

    Well I know we're getting off-topic.

    But VR is still in its infancy probably will be for a while, its got some hype from me but there's nothing interesting. I honestly feel that a flight sim or driving sim is perfect for VR. I demo'd Eve Valkyrie and was impressed. If there was a flight stick (that I was aware of) I'd be down to get it.



  • Thank you all for your input. I greatly appreciate your opinions and thoughts on this new trend.


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