I think i’ll jump on the bandwagon and post about the subjective shot. I love seeing everyone’s thoughts on the subject. Personally, I never thought a First-Person Shooter (FPS) was told from anything but a Point of view (POV) shot. I always thought that we (the gamer) were essentially playing the story through the point of view. Now after reading Galloway’s Gaming I think that to label any FPS as told through a POV would be a disgrace to the game itself, and all the people who created it.
After reading about the subjective shot, I began to re-think my experiences with FPS gaming. Now I know I was not experiencing the wonderful stories such as Halo from the point of view of Master Chief, but as the actual character of Master Chief. After learning this I realized that video games provide you with an experience that no other piece of media, or storytelling can. The experience of actually BEING a character. Not only are you experiencing the story an FPS provides, you’re making the character’s moves, his decisions, his actions. The ability to be someone entirely different, someone from a different universe, someone of a different species is mind blowing. The essays Galloway wrote really opened my eyes on video games. I’m not just playing the games, i’m living them.
That within itself is justification alone as to how far we have come in our media and in our culture. Stories are no longer told, they are lived.