Video Games That Tackle Social Issues

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Video Games – we all enjoy it. Whether you’re young or old, a student or an employee looking to pass the time with a little fun; we all enjoy video games. It is a means for us, an outlet, to do the things we can not do in real life; to experience the things that is not readily accessible to the most of us. Video games also help us understand different types of people by having diverse and – for some games – very realistic characters. But, not a lot of us see the underlying meanings behind the video games we play and enjoy. The implications hidden behind the realistic graphics, the heart-warming soundtrack, and the innovative gameplay. Here is a list of some of the video games that tackle different social issues. Sit back and let us dwell deeper into the meaning of these well-known video games.

War“This War of Mine” 

Video Games: This War of Mine is a video game about civilians surviving in a war-torn city.
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Let’s start with a very well-known topic – war. We’ve all heard of different stories about war. And war has been a choice of topic or genre by a lot of video games. But, the creators of This War Of Mine, 11 Bit Studios, approached this genre in an innovative and immersive way. In this game, you don’t play as a well-trained-muscle-torn super soldier equipped with a planetary cannon. Here, you play as a civilian caught very deep in the war-devastated fictional city of Pogoren, Graznavia. You will struggle, because ‘gather’ is putting it lightly, for food. Scavenge for medicines or supplies and try your very best not to bump into soldiers or other hungry survivors.

The day and night cycle plays a significant role in the game mechanics. During the day, you’ll be managing your hideout in a very detailed manner; while keeping an eye on that sniper whose not letting you out. When darkness falls, you’ll be sneaking into buildings and areas for supplies; while avoiding being killed by other people seeking means for survival. You will also be making a lot of moral decisions; whether you’ll kill that one annoying person to save the whole group or watch as everyone slowly suffer. Add to that, the beautifully-made charcoal-style aesthetics; and you have a game that will leave you thinking and reflecting about war and its effect on the human soul.

 

Privacy“Watch Dogs 1 and  2″ 

Video Games: Marcus Holloway and the gang
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Have you ever felt like being watched? Like Big Brother is always around you, lurking in the dark, studying and recording your every move? We are living in the age and time of information and the improvement in technology is far from slowing down. Also, the number of people uploading all of their information in the internet is increasing. Which is why black hats are more eager to steal any sensitive information they can get their hands on.

Watch Dogs, is a video game about hackers waging war on the government for manipulating information and invading the privacy of their people. This video game does not really tackle or explain ‘hacking’ in detail; but it shows what hackers can do with the information that the people, themselves, gave out there in the internet. This game is a sweet reminder that internet privacy is sometimes just an illusion to make us feel safe. It also reminds us that the internet is a very dangerous place to be placing all of our information.

 

Social Difference – Multiple Video Games (Witcher SeriesLife is Strange, The Last of Us, other video games)

Video Games: The Witcher
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So what if you have white hair, feline eyes, sterile, and has high resistance, if not immune, to diseases? So what if you have pointy ears and lives longer than humans? We are all living things and we can co-exist if given the chance and consideration.

The Witcher series, which is set in the world of Temeria, is flooded with racism and discrimination. Elves and Dwarves are discriminated for not being human, despite the humans being the invaders of the land. Basically, humans are the foreigners and, yet, they are pushing away and abusing the original inhabitants of the land. Luckily, Geralt, despite being discriminated himself, acts as the median between the two worlds. That of humans and of ‘non-humans’. Geralt does not make any rush decisions when doing a job. He investigates first and looks for a way for both parties to work together. With an exception, there is no consideration to be given for evil-tainted individuals, human or non-human.

Video Games: Life is Strange
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Life is Strange is a video game that takes place in a small town called Arcadia Bay. A place where a lot of things happen. Including alcoholism, bullying, and child abuse. Child abuse being a social issue that’s very rampant nowadays; this video game shows the whole issue in a different perspective. You play the game and see the world through the eyes of a teenager with the ability to control time, Max Caulfield. The game also includes other issues like teenage pregnancy, social anxiety, and brats who think like they are on top of everyone. Max’s story is also a depiction of how it feels like to be bullied for being “not among the famous”. This is a game definitely worth checking out if you want a relaxing soundtrack and a story that is full of twists.

Video Games: Riley and Ellie
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The Last of Us: Left Behind, sparked a controversy when Ellie and Riley hinted quite a number of times about their feelings with each other. We all remember that photobooth scene, right? How about that scene where they dance to a tune and then unknowingly attracted a horde of infected? All of these hints led to one conclusion and a lot of people were shocked. Some related and found themselves in the position of the protagonists in terms of personal identity; some accepted the fact and were happy for the pair; but, for some…they just do not approve of the whole charade. The relationship they have and the characters themselves doesn’t actually raise an issue; but the different ways people responded to the writing of the game, present an issue on sexual discrimination.

There you go. Here are just some of the games that tackle some of the issues we are facing up to this day. There are still a lot of games that depicts issues not mentioned here. If you have played a game with an interesting theme, comment them down below and let’s have a talk. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Watch Dogs Guide: How to Make Quick and Easy Money

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Money doesn’t seem to be a real issue in Watch Dogs, at least for those who choose to be evil and merciless. But don’t panic, if you’re the hero type, there’s still plenty of options to make quick and easy money. Not everything you do in game is profitable in terms of cash. In fact, certain missions only include experience as a reward. However and as expected, Aiden Pearce is a master hacker, so if you really need money you just have to look around. Find out how to be rich and powerful in a quick and easy way.

wc5551. Hack Citizens’ Bank Accounts

To steal money from citizens you need to enable your profiler scan option and find potential targets. There’s a clever way to identify wealthy citizens with the Profiler Optimization skill available on your hack tree. Once you’ve hacked someone’s bank account, you need to access a local ATM to collect the respective amount. You can hack multiple targets and store substantial amounts of cash.

wc4442. Assault Shops

Robbing shops is not something you should be proud of but if you’re really desperate, then this is probably the quickest way to get decent amounts of money. To rob any shop you need to intimate the seller first and as soon as you collect the cash you immediately receive negative/evil reputation. It’s worth it even if you’re aspiring to be a hero since you get a few hundred dollars for free.

wc1113. ATM Hack Boost Plus

This high-tech hack costs five skill points and it’s the ultimate tool to make money. If you enable this skill, you’ll be able to dramatically increase the amount of money gained when hacking bank accounts at ATMs. The boost can reach double gain at certain times.

wc6664. Complete Fixer Contracts (Side Quests)

Watch Dogs includes an extensive series of fixer contracts, some give experience, some skill points and finally, some award money. The Decoy, Getaway, Interception and Transport fixer contracts are cash exclusively missions and they’re quite simple to accomplish. If you want to make quick money while having fun, then you should drop the campaign for awhile and complete several side missions.

wc2225. Carjacking

Another pure evil method that is totally rewarding is carjacking all the time. Whenever you steal a car you’ll always loot something, it can be cash, an ingredient or even a random item. Either way, carjacking ends up being profitable full time – you don’t just steal some goods, you can also break a car that is not yours. However, be careful with the police because upon stealing a car, the owner might call the authorities.

wc7776. Kill and Loot Enemies

The old fashion way of killing enemies and looting them couldn’t be missing in the world of Watch Dogs. As expected, this feature is one of the main ways to make money since enemies normally drop something upon defeat, it can be a weapon, ingredient, ammunition or cash. All the options can be profitable in its own way. Besides the more supplies you collect, the less you’ll have to purchase later on, thus the more cash you can keep.

watch dogs ss7. Sell Expendable Items

During your journey you’ll collect numerous items that you won’t need. You can sell them in a nearby shop and make surprising amounts of cash. Just be sure you really don’t want these items anymore because it’s quite hard to get them back as you progress.

Note: There are many other ways to acquire money in Watch Dogs but the ones featured in this guide are the fastest and most profitable paths towards wealth.

Watch Dogs Guide: How to Escape the Police at the End of Chapter One

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Escaping the police is generally easy, especially if you can find a bridge or a train nearby. However, at the end of chapter one while escaping a high-tech prison, Aiden Pearce can’t escape using traditional methods. With the whole Chicago Police Department hunting him, he can’t simply escape. But there’s a simple trick to complete this campaign mission. It’s all about tactic and precision, find out how.

wce41. Kill the Incoming Policeman at the Prison’s Roof

Head towards the roof and kill all the policeman that will arrive in patrol cars. Take cover and use the nearby cameras to make sure that there’s no one left. There will always be a helicopter on your head too but don’t kill the shooter just yet.

wce32. Kill the Helicopter Shooter Last

Once there’s no guards in the roof, kill the sniper on the helicopter. This will make things much smoother for your escape, since the helicopter will retreat and there won’t be anything to watch your position anymore. Note that all nearby cameras are being hacked by Aiden.

wce23. Disrupt the Police’s Communications

After the helicopter retreats, trigger your jamming communication tool to ensure that any leak on your position will be disrupted. This way, even if someone spots you on the roof, they won’t be able to call for reinforcements.

wce14. Wait the Alert Bar to Get White

Stay covered and wait the red alert bar to slowly decrease until it’s white. When the bar is white, you need to wait one minute until the police assumes you have escaped and you’re no longer there.

wce55. Stay Out of Police’s Radar

But a white bar doesn’t stand for safe yet, you need to remain properly covered or hidden if you don’t want anyone to trigger the red bar again. Police cars and helicopters will still be sent to your last position so ensure you’re not spotted again.

Watch Dogs Guide: How to Defeat the Mini Boss/Elite Robotic Policeman

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During the last campaign mission of the first chapter, players will find themselves trapped in a high-tech security prison. Right before facing the stadium survivor, who can identify Aiden Pearce’s appearance, players must defeat several corrupt prison guards with a M1014 Semi-Auto Shotgun found in the environment. Afterwards, a robotic policeman will appear and the difficulty will drastically increase. Find out how to defeat the first elite/mini boss in Watch Dogs.

wc41. Defeat the Corrupt Guards

To fight this mini boss, you have to defeat numerous corrupt guards in the first place, that’s the rule. If you die during this mission part, you’ll always have to kill them over and over again. The best way to do it is to stay covered at the main door and take them down, one by down without wasting too much ammo since you’ll need plenty of it for the incoming robot.

wc32. Position Yourself Inside the Room

Once you kill the police officers, rush inside the room and cover yourself in the middle. Wait for the robotic policeman to move towards you and observe his movements. If you hit him randomly you won’t do any damage due to his high-tech shield and metallic parts.

wc23. Aim at His Chest and Belly

The trick to take him do is to be persistent and aim at his middle body (chest and belly). However, you need to do it at the right time, when the robot is either reloading or aiming at you. Otherwise, you’ll just his his arms, hands and even his weapon. If you don’t hit him correctly he won’t take any damage and you’ll need more time to kill him.

wc14. Move Around in Circles

While waiting for the right time to hit the robot, you should move in circles, as in dancing with him. Keep yourself covered at all times, else he can easily kill you. Also, don’t let him get too close as the cover system can be tricky and you might not have enough time to move tot he next cover object.

How to Fix Watch Dogs Crashes, Stuttering, Freezes & Other Problems

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As I was saying in a previous article, the release of Watch Dogs didn’t come without problems and errors. Players are already reporting that their copy of Watch Dogs crashes, freezes, stutters and has other problems. Fortunately, there are ways to fix these problems in the game and we are here to share them with you and help you get the best possible experience out of the game. We’re also working on a special article based on how to tweak Watch Dogs to get the best experience, so make sure you check back soon.

But until then, let’s see below some tips and tricks on how to fix Watch Dogs crashes, freezes, stuttering and any other issues that we know how to fix!

How to Fix Watch Dogs Crashes

It appears that one of the main reasons that causes the game to crash is outdated drivers. Both nVidia and AMD have launched brand new drivers specifically created for this game – we’ve already wrote about them here, make sure to check out the article for the download links!

Getting the Error 0xa0000001 before the game crashes? This is an error related to the graphic card, so there are two things you should check here: first, that you have the latest drivers (see above) and second if your card is overheating. Watch Dogs is an extremely demanding game and this might be the cause of crashes.

If the game still crashes, go for the classic fixes: verify the game’s integrity on Steam or select the “Repair Game” option on Uplay.

Some players running the game on Uplay managed to fix random crashes by either going offline in Uplay or disabling the Uplay Overlay. You should try these things too! Disabling the Uplay Overlay also fixes the Blacksreen problem of the game and the “Watch_Dogs Has Stopped Working” error message.

How to fix Watch Dogs stuttering, freezes and graphical problems

It seems that most of the problems reported by Watch Dogs players are related to the game’s performance. There are, fortunately, a ton of graphical tweaks that you can try out in order to make the game run better and fix all these problems. We’re listing them below:

– In case you haven’t read our previous fixes, make sure you do update your drivers. They improve the game’s performance up to 28% in AMD’s case and FPS up to 75% for nVidia users!

– Add the “-disablepagefilecheck” parameter (without the quotation marks) to your game’s shortcut on the desktop (if you don’t have one, create it). You can also add this option to the game’s Steam launch properties. This is particularly useful for gamers who have 6 or less GB of RAM.

– Go for the Borderless windowed mode. This does magic to the game’s performance and all players who used this trick reported increases in the game’s performance and no more stuttering problems.

– Reddit user azrael6947 has created an XML file here tweaking the graphics a lot and fixing your game easily. There are a lot of settings in the XML file for tweaks that allow you to fine tune vegetation and geometry settings that seem to be controlled by the Level of Detail setting in game.

– You can edit the file yourself, it’s usually located here: \Documents\My Games\Watch_Dogs\\GameProfile.xml

This would be it for now, hopefully these fixes will get you rid of crashes and also help you tweak the game and improve its frame rate while getting rid of any stuttering issues you were facing. If you manage to find other fixes or tweaks, please let us know by commenting below!

Watch Dogs Bug Sees Player Lose all Progression, Items and Skills

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It seems that Watch Dogs didn’t get the perfect release that every gamer had hoped for. Instead, on the official forums, a very scary Watch Dogs bug has been announced, a game breaking bug that has players lose all their in-game progression, weapons, outfits and unlocked skills. Really scary.

Posting on the forums on the Xbox One section of the game, one user wrote:

“Got discovered and killed while tailing someone, respawned in free roam, all my weapons were gone, outfit was default, and all my skills (crafting and such that I had unlocked to date) were still unlocked in the skill tree, but I could not use them.”

The player was already level 25 when this happened, so you can imagine that it’s pretty bad. Fortunately, Ubisoft were quick to ask for more details and hopefully they will have a fix for this soon, especially because cleaning the game’s cache or loading a save file doesn’t fix it.

So far, this Watch Dogs bug that sees you lose all your progression has only been reported on PCs and Xbox One, so apparently the other platforms are safe. Or players didn’t run into something similar yet.

What about you? Did you encounter this problem? And if you did, most important – were you able to fix it somehow?

Download the Watch Dogs nVidia and AMD Drivers Here!

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With the launch of Watch Dogs, both nVidia and AMD wanted to make sure that their users will get the best possible experience, so both companies have launched updated drivers released specifically for this game. Known as the “Watch Dogs drivers,” the new releases are already available for download and we are here to share with you the links.

So, without further ado, check out the links below to download, from the official websites, the latest drivers from AMD and nVidia:

– nVidia Watch Dogs driver download here
– AMD Watch Dogs driver download here

nVidia took things extremely seriously and they have already posted a huge tweaks article here featuring a ton of tips for nVidia users to get the most out of Watch Dogs. They also have their new drivers increase the FPS up to 75%, so it certainly is a set of drivers that you want to download and install ASAP.

AMD reports performance increases of the game of up to 28%, but they don’t have (at the moment of writing, at least), such an in-depth article as their competitors with tips and tweaks for Watch Dogs. Still, it’s a must download driver, so make sure you get it right away!

Check Out Some Watch Dogs 4K Resolution Screenshots – Really Impressive

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Watch Dogs is one day away from its worldwide release, but people who had early access to the game are starting to leak information and screenshots, to the delight of the public. NeoGaf forum user Twisted89 posted on imgur a set of screenshots taken at 3840×2160 resolution (4K resolution) showing us a really beautiful game.

Probably not all the future owners of Watch Dogs will be able to run the game at such intense and demanding resolutions, so these screenshots will certainly help them get a feel of how the game really looks like. And, downgraded or not, it does look amazing! Check out the Watch Dogs 4K resolution screenshots below:

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What do you think about the game? Did Ubisoft do a great job at creating this open world or you think the 4K resolution screenshots should’ve been a lot better?

Watch Dogs: 5 Reasons Why This Game’s Hacking Can’t Convince Anyone

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Watch Dogs is almost out for the amusement of most gamers. However, not everything is perfect about this game. One of the weakest aspects of Watch Dogs is its hacking system, which allows players to hack basically anything in the surrounding environments, including technically non-hackable objects. Besides that, the game’s protagonist, Aiden Pearce, is some kind of god who can simply invade all networks without much trouble. And of course, all this without getting caught. Check out why Watch dogs’ hacking system can’t convince anyone at all.

1. Express Hacking: One Click is All You Need

Watch Dogs gifWho would say that hacking in the near future would be as fast and easy as one single click? In Watch Dogs, hacking and phreaking have nothing to do with the real thing. Time boundaries are completely renounced, hacking techniques are basically inexistent and the very hacking tools resemble automated casual applications. If hacking would be as easy as in this game, then we would be currently assisting to the downfall of modern society. Good for us, most computer exploit techniques still require some time to be properly executed. And unlike Watch Dogs, one click is certainly not all what is needed.

2. Paranormal Hacking: Mechanical Devices Shall Not Escape

Watch Dogs gifBreaking all the rules of modern hacking wasn’t enough for Ubisoft, so they decided to prove that nothing is impossible in the world of Watch Dogs. Whether it’s an unintentional lapse or a leap of faith, the truth is that mechanical devices can be hacked in Watch Dogs. It might seem cool and rather convenient to hack a huge variety of things in the surrounding environments but how can a physical object with no electronic circuits be hacked? It’s beyond unrealistic, it’s quite pitiful. But it gets even worse with the hacking ability of mechanical devices that require pure strength to be lifted, which naturally challenges the laws of physics and evokes a sense of magic or supernatural.

3. Divine Hacking: Aiden Pearce, the Omnipotent

Watch Dogs gifAs players progress in Watch Dogs, they’ll be able to unlock new and more powerful hacking abilities until the point that the whole Chicago city will be at its knees. With so much power on his hands, Pearce inevitably becomes a living god capable of performing all types of imaginable things. He can virtually get anywhere, anytime, anyplace. But let’s be honest, even elite hackers of nowadays would be jealous of this virtual character. For someone who spent a good while in prison, Aiden is extremely paired with reality. In fact, he manages to outsmart everyone with his hack, showing that he’s either a god among the living or then it proves Chicago has close to zero defenses against cyber-crime.

4. Ghost Hacking: Detection is Hardly a Problem

Watch Dogs gifThe typical hacker on the run is perfectly portrayed by Aiden Pearce in Watch Dogs but the thing is, he is never caught, just as the good old hero in mainstream movies. He does not only have flawless solutions for every unexpected incident, as he is able to hack any network without ever getting detected. No matter how many times he might hack the same networks or the same type of objects, he will just go on unnoticed. Once again, it’s the power of seemingly divinity. Even in the worst case scenarios, Aiden doesn’t need to panic because upon detection it’s extremely easy to run away through the countless weapons proportionated by the dynamic environment system.

5. Shameless Hacking: The Perfect Future for Cyber Criminals

wd4One of the things that Watch Dogs show us is that the future will be amazing for cyber criminals but what’s confusing is the incredible level of unrealism. Aiden can hack all citizens and freely acquire their personal data. Isn’t there anyone at all who has a decent security system able to detect hacker attacks? How can governmental networks not notice all the strange anomalies happening all over the city? Worse, why can’t they do anything efficient about it? Doesn’t Chicago have an anti-cybercrime police department? After so many bizarre aspects regarding Watch Dogs’ hacking system, I can only conclude that cybercrime is prompt to be shameless and unstoppable in the future, at least according to Ubisoft.

UPDATE – Watch Dogs Best On Playstation 4

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Update: According to Ubisoft, the PS4 resolution and frame-rate has been confirmed to be 900p and 30 Frames Per Second respectively – watch dogs.

Sony announced today via their official website that “Watch_Dogs” will play at 60 Frames Per Second in 1080p on the Playstation 4. The following is a press statement from the page.

The world of Watch_Dogs comes alive on PS4 with the best graphics on any console and exclusive missions found only on Playstation. Hack everything as you make your way through Chicago’s underground as you experience Watch_Dogs in a way that only PS4 can provide, at 60 Frames Per Second in 1080p.

What’s more, the PS4 version will also be given timed-exclusive bonus missions.

Play the complete Watch_Dogs story as you expose Chicago’s corruption in four exclusive Watch_Dogs missions found only on PlayStation. The shadowy group Dedsec needs Aiden to set the record straight in a way that only he can—by hacking the complex ctOS system to bring their enemies to justice.

The bonus DLC will include the following:

  • Four PlayStation-Exclusive Missions
  • Exclusive Character Skin: The White Hacker Suit
  • Hacking Boost Pack: Gives Additional Battery Slot to Extend Hacks

This news is not surprising considering the latest 720p trend on the Xbox One, but when will it end? Watch_Dogs stirred up a lot of controversy with its graphical downgrade, so it’s at least reassuring that PS4 users will have access to a comparable build.

This news is not surprising considering the latest 720p trend on the Xbox One, but when will it end? Watch_Dogs stirred up a lot of controversy with its graphical downgrade, so it’s at least reassuring that PS4 users will have access to a comparable build.