Try our new beta! Click here
Submitted by plainviewisfinished 928d ago | opinion piece

Games Don't Have To Be Fun

"In an effort to catch up in time for its sequel, I’ve been playing a healthy amount of Metro 2033 recently. For those reading who aren’t familiar with the series, it’s set in post-apocalyptic Russia, where the few survivors have flocked to the subway tunnels to escape the destruction and radiation. Most of the game takes place in these tunnels, with some infrequent and ill-advised trips to the surface." (999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, Antichamber, Metro 2033, PC, PS3, Tomb Raider, Xbox 360, Year Walk, Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward)

DestinyHeroDoomlord  +   928d ago
Really? I beg to differ...
knifefight  +   928d ago
Amazing games, not fun.
Spec Ops: The Line, Bioshock, Journey, Nier, The Walking Dead... list goes on.

Not every game has to be "fun." In fact, sometimes it would be straight up weird. To say that those games are fun would be grossly inaccurate. Looking forward to the experience of playing a game and enjoying your time with it do not equal "fun" inherently. Not even close. Not every movie that you enjoy is "fun" and not every game that you enjoy is "fun."

Excellent viewing, very informative:
#1.1 (Edited 928d ago ) | Agree(1) | Disagree(7) | Report | Reply
_QQ_  +   928d ago
But those games are fun.
#1.1.1 (Edited 928d ago ) | Agree(8) | Disagree(1) | Report
Tdmd  +   928d ago
"Looking forward to the experience of playing a game and enjoying your time with it do not equal 'fun'."

"fun (fn)
1. A source of enjoyment, amusement, or pleasure.
2. Enjoyment; amusement: have fun at the beach.
3. Playful, often noisy, activity."

The dictionary begs to differ.

#1.1.2 (Edited 928d ago ) | Agree(2) | Disagree(1) | Report
Hydralysk  +   928d ago
Those games are engaging, which is much more important than being simply fun.

To use an example, imagine if someone had looked at Schindler's List and thought "This movie needs more fun in it!". We'd call them nucking futz, the movie was no less engaging because it wasn't a 'fun' movie.
#1.1.3 (Edited 928d ago ) | Agree(1) | Disagree(0) | Report
knifefight  +   928d ago
Dmd , dictionaries talk about one word with no context.

Context is an important part of understanding a language and the usage of words.

A sad movie where the main character has a hard life and dies at the end can often be "a source of enjoyment," but is noooooowhere near being fun. ;)

It takes a little bit more than one word with no context to get the concept here. Think bigger and you'll get it. Actually reading the article and watching the video would help too, but I don't expect you to do either of those, since this is N4G :/
#1.1.4 (Edited 928d ago ) | Agree(0) | Disagree(1) | Report
KentBlake  +   928d ago
Did you read the article? It's actually interesting. When I saw the title I thought the same thing as you, but after reading it, I quite agree with him.
Calm Down Sunshine  +   928d ago
Slender: The Arrival...
Isn't particularly fun, but I was still compelled to play it.
pr0t0typeknuckles  +   928d ago
oh i see what hes saying, hes basically sying that gameplay doesnt have to be the best to make a game fun but a good story and cast can make up for it,and i have to agree,PoP08,walking dead,heck most point n clicks like phoenix wright,etc...
Jek_Porkins  +   928d ago
I think it's a mix of things, but the mechanics and game itself have to be fun and entertaining enough to keep peoples interest. If you look at The Walking Dead by Telltale Games, those game told excellent stories, but the actual gameplay elements were clunky at times, but most people just remember the great story.
GABRIEL1030  +   928d ago
Dead Space 2 this game isn't fun it's very scary, a torment, but a great experience.
Tdmd  +   928d ago
If you play it because you want to - and actually enjoy your time with it, than it is fun, no matter how tense, scary, dark themed or slow paced it is. You are having fun with it on your own way, or else you'd be doing something else. Don't you think people have fun at scary movies? Adrenaline is fun. Be imersed in someone else's story is fun. I've always had a soft spot for horror games and movies - and I usually have a lot of fun with them.
Oh_Yeah  +   928d ago
For me, the gameplay has to be at least a little fun. That's why I was so glad to see a lot of wrpgs make their way onto consoles this gen...don't get me wrong I loved the concept of the older turn based rpgs, just not the gameplay..found it a bore/not challenging with the mindless combat watching battles play out for me..winning every one because I was bored enough to grind through countless enemy's to level up. When I first played Oblivion I was like omg I can actually play RPGS now instead of watching them! I was so excited.
Mathew9R   928d ago | Spam
Tokyo_reject  +   928d ago
What a stupid title.......

Add comment

You need to be registered to add comments. Register here or login
New stories

Ubisoft Assassin’s Creed: Unity Deserves the “Director’s Cut” Treatment

18m ago - Assassin’s Creed Unity may be disliked by some gamers yet Bidness Etc believes it deserves a seco... | PC

N4G Radio 11/30/2015

51m ago - The glacial fortress. November ends with a bang as the boys discuss the biggest games of the wee... | Xbox 360

See what games are coming out in 2016

Now - Visit our release calendar to see what games are coming out in 2016. | Promoted post

New Deus Ex Issue #1 Cover Variants Unveiled

3h ago - With an all new Deus Ex comic series in the works set for Feb. 3, 2016 release, Titan Comics deci... | Culture

UK physical games charts still AWOL

3h ago - Just how did the UK games industry perform during an epic Black Friday sales period? Well, we’... | Industry

ZTGD | Hard West Review

6h ago - Justin Celani writes: Hard West is a strategy turn based RPG, set in the olden days of cowboys, I... | PC