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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."

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knifefight1168d ago (Edited 1168d ago )

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:
http://www.penny-arcade.com...

_QQ_1168d ago (Edited 1168d ago )

But those games are fun.

Tdmd1168d ago (Edited 1168d ago )

"Looking forward to the experience of playing a game and enjoying your time with it do not equal 'fun'."

"fun (fn)
n.
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.

http://www.thefreedictionar...

Hydralysk1168d ago (Edited 1168d 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.

knifefight1168d ago (Edited 1168d 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 :/

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KentBlake1168d 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 Sunshine1168d ago

Isn't particularly fun, but I was still compelled to play it.

pr0t0typeknuckles1168d 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_Porkins1168d 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.

GABRIEL10301168d ago

Dead Space 2 this game isn't fun it's very scary, a torment, but a great experience.

Tdmd1168d 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_Yeah1168d 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.

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