I've been called an elitest and I've often wondered why. Is it elitest to hope that people would want more for their entertainment dollars? Is it elitest to demand more from entertainment than "good enough"? Is it elitest to demand a certain level of intelligence in their entertainment?
I feel sorry for people who don't want more than what they're given. Complascense offends me on a psychological level. It bothers me that with all the genius out there in art, literature and even gaming that people are content with "good enough" or eye candy.
Here we are in the 7th generation of gaming and we're stuck with the mentality of the 1st. I think that game storytelling is capable of so much more than stories that would embarrass even the most hack sci-fi author. The truly good books and movies try to help us understand who we are as a people, why we're here and where we're going. I want things that will challenge me, make me think and even offend me. I want things that make me feel alive.
But here we are with this amazing technology but we're pissing it away on shooting games. Heavy Rain is the only game that's made me think about the consequences of pulling the trigger. Warfare and actually shooting someone is ugly, nasty business. I have my own personal reasons for wanting to consider the consequences, things I'm still trying to wrap my head around. I understand "games" are supposed to be fun, but i see no elitism in trying to understand why we do the things we do.
I think games can do a much better job of helping us understand the world around us. I enjoy fps', but I think they can do a better job of explaining the psychology of why we fight. There's far, far too much brain candy in mainstream entertainment, that's what I rally against. We could all use a little more self reflection and thought. I watched The Road the other night and it truly made me think about the kind of man and (one day) father I'd like to be. That's what I want from my games. There's no balance in gaming, there's too much Transformers and not enough of The Road. Am I elitest? Probably.
Thanks for reading my rant,