November 16, 2012
COM 201 AD
Media Analyses Essay #2
For my second media analysis essay, I got to observe my two close friends playing video games. Both my friends are currently not enrolled in COM 201 class and are University of Washington undergraduate students both intending to major in two different areas: Psychology and Biology. One of them is my 19 years old male friend and the other friend is my 20 years old female friend. Their ethnicity and race is South Korean-Asian. I would word our relationship individually as being close and comfortable since we were friends for a decent amount of years in the previous years. The three of us know each other but the two friends aren’t too close compared to how close they are to me. Despite the fact that my friends not being such big fans of games and unfamiliar with playing games such as video games and arcade games, they were still willing to participate.
The game they played is a form of a video game referred to as a Nintendo Wii game. It is called the Super Smash Bros Brawl and is a fighting game for the Wii. With this game, I was able to have both my friends play this specific game together in a same physical space for close to three hours. There were several things I noticed during their game matches. Firstly, I noticed that my female friend was definitely struggling on how to actually play the game with the two different Wii remote controllers. It was certainly different than my male friend who has played a different Wii game using the same controllers before. What was more interesting was that my female friend didn’t quite put much time and effort in how to use the controllers. My male friend told her to press certain buttons when times to jump and move back and forth. Even though buttons were the most prominent factor to know and apply in the game, it was interesting to think about the fact that she was able to play on with just a small portion of information and knowledge required for...