The closer video games get to telling rich narratives similar to those found in other mediums such as movies, TV, and books, the more serious they become in nature. Recent games like The Last of Us provide horrific tales of personal loss and sacrifice that closely resemble the type of narrative featured in a blockbuster film, and the more serious tone did wonders for the game’s effect on those playing it. Dark and more realistic plots that hit close to home can do amazing things for a video game, but sometimes gamers just want to escape the harsh realities of life to be treated to a respite from the responsibilities and deep thoughts of being a productive member of society.
Luckily, there are still games being made that don’t take themselves seriously at all, yet still provide an entertaining escape from the doldrums of life. Just because a game may feature slapstick humor, or poke fun at itself and game design tropes in general, it doesn’t mean the game is completely juvenile and brain dead.