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Maybe it is an echo of a primeval fear of the unknown. Our ancestors started from the premise that the unfamiliar was dangerous. Anyhow, the reasons are not the subject of this article. What matters is the following fact: we like things that we know. It is as simple as that. This is why record labels pay radio stations for playing the same songs over and over. Same with visual identification: if your eyes meet a certain picture or object frequently enough, you will be more likely to buy it. Advertising professionals have been aware of that dependency for many years now, which is why our cities, news papers and websites are increasingly covered with visual ads.
No mainstream player will ever understand the reason, why anyone would want to spend their time felling tress in a virtual forest, or ploughing a virtual field. Let’s drop the condescending attitude. The popularity of all these farm, heavy transportation, tanks and bus simulators is a phenomenon so peculiar as to be worth exploring. Yet, there is a surprisingly large group of gamers unlike any other. These people do not care about even the most awaited video games releases, most exciting gaming news or hot rumors. They seem to be immune to the latest teasers, trailers and all that media hype around popular titles.
Movies and comic books have a lot in common, and can be a great source of inspiration for each other’s creators. Unfortunately, for many years, the comic book adaptations shown around in cinemas were of embarrassingly poor quality. The filmmakers, however, did not relent in their efforts. In the late 80’s and early 90’s, two splendid adaptations of Batman by Tim Burton hit the screens. Hope started to grow again. Many later productions, however, were rescued from complete failure only by large budgets, which allowed for impressive special effects. Fortunately, also genuinely good movies have been recently coming to light. Some adaptations draw not only from comic book story lines, but also from their visual style - think about titles like Sin City or 300. The trend is definitely on the up and up.
Gamers have already became accustomed to the fact that brutal FPPs, or erotic adventure games are common targets of morality’s defenders attacks. It turns out that even rather innocuous titles can not feel safe anymore - even such classics like Super Mario Bros, and a semi-educational game, Cooking Mama.
The concept of time escapes easy definitions. It could probably be described as a non-spatial continuum in the course of which various events occur. Time spreads on a line that joins past with the future. Nowadays, when so many of us live in a hurry, time became a really precious commodity. If it is so valuable, why do people spend so much time wasting it? Surfing the Internet is one of the most time-consuming activities of contemporary human beings. And one of the most recent online crazes are online browser games.