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Making the case for epic video games

Don Reisinger of CNet Writes:

Epic titles that may last 100 hours or more are the true masterpieces of gaming. Sure, you may enjoy a romp through Super Mario Galaxy or running and gunning in Halo, but when it comes down to it, the epic titles like Final Fantasy, Metal Gear Solid, GTA IV, Shenmue, and others, are truly the games that stand apart and make us love video games even more.

In an industry that's trying to look more and more like the movie business, how can it summarily disregard epic games? Sure, the vast majority of people probably won't see every animation in GTA IV or get through every dialogue possibility in MGS 4, but who cares? Both titles are epic games that rise above the derivative and boring, and deliver a totally new, exciting, and mesmerizing experience.

I understand that video game development is becoming increasingly expensive and time and cash are the two most important elements in creating a hit, but epic games should not be left out in the cold in favor or another crappy first-person shooter or more sports games; I've been there and done that.

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