The Godfather: Five Families

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Inspired by the namesake movie trilogy, The Godfather: Five Families, the mission of the game is for you to rise to power of the five families in the New York underworld in 1930s. In terms of its back story, this game stays authentic to the basic keynote, for it retains the dark visual and portrait of vivid map of the NY city territory.
The Godfather: Five Families is a multiplayer, strategy adventure game that I found on the internet. In the game, you are an up-and-coming mob boss, battling for Supremacy of New York. Your job is to revitalize a family who is in a slump. You being the game by choosing your character (male or female), then by choosing a family. Then you are then given an estate that’s in disrepair. As an incentive for starting the game, you are given approx. 3 days of free protection. This means that no other gang or families can attack you and your land. Your job is to construct resource buildings, restaurants, and a hideout (which are all given as different task). You also have to complete task like researching better ways of running the family’s business, illegal activities, trafficking, etc.
This game is liked for its’ visual appeal, easy navigation, and activeness. At the same time, its very slow paced, and very tedious. But what is this game trying to say? I, personally, think that the game creators for this game are one, continuing to attack an audience of game players who thirst for the violence, learning, and real life appeal in video games. I also believe that the creators are trying to teach the newer generation, what our parents, grandparents, and so forth, observed when either hearing or watching the Godfather films.

So what do you think? How do you feel about video game creators using films to construct video games? What do you think, if anything, this game teaches those who play it?

If you would like to play, click HERE!

  1. spenway said:

    Before seeing the presentation in class, I did not know that this game existed. I think that the mechanics of the game and the visuals all come together to compliment the gloomy, dark atmosphere of mob life. Its slow paced game play, ominous sounds and violent emphasis definitely prove this point. In terms of the game coming from a film, I think that usually gamers find a disconnect. Movies seem to dominate over videogames of the same themes. However, I do think that this game benefits as an adaptation of the film. Players are most likely familiar with the storyline, ensuring that they will not get bored with the slow paced nature. They obviously realize what their tasks are and will be and are perhaps more patient as a result? While I do not think this game is meant for educational purposes whatsoever, I do believe time management and critical thinking are developed and encouraged throughout the game play.

  2. Asia Bond said:

    I personally this game should not be played by children younger than 17 years of age. The idea of allowing the player to have illegal activities and promoting the ideas of mobs is not something positive for children to be playing. Kids that play these video games may not understand the idea behind the games and subconsciously think that way of the player. They may think that it is okay to be a apart of a gang and partake in illegal activities. For example if a child who lives in a rural poor neighborhood may see these type of activities on a daily basis and by playing this game may reinforce the mobster activity.

  3. jrtuc said:

    I agree that this game sounds like it should not be played by children younger that 17. I am strongly against sending kids any more negative messages than are already sent to them through real things such as the news. While there may be benefits to children’s brains and of course any interaction is good for students, I do not believe there is much benefit to putting dangerous activities in childrens heads. A game promoting illegal activities is the last thing our society needs as there is already enough peer pressure and reasons for kids to get involved in those kinds of activities.

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