Are Video Games More Than Just A Game?

Video games can provide you with countless hours of entertainment, or for some playing them can be a therapy session. If you’re not playing video games for entertainment or to blow off steam, why are you playing them? Is it because you’re a devoted fan of a franchise, or are you drawn to the narrative? There isn’t a right or wrong answer to any of these questions, but you can’t deny that video game narratives are changing in a big way.

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Kingthrash3601714d ago

not a game.......but a work of art.

harrisk9541706d ago

No. TLOU is a game. A game with a fantastic story, writing, voice acting and gameplay. But, a game nonetheless. It had the typical tropes that games have. It was a cover-based shooter at its gameplay core. All games are art, in a sense. But, while TLOU may have been one of my favorite (if not my favorite) games of the last generation, I believe that Journey was far more of a work of "art" than TLOU was.

Kingthrash3601706d ago

smh...why cant both be works of art?..o.O

TheOneWhoIsTornApart1714d ago

I don't think of video games as games even though that is what they are called. Out of all the "games" I play the kind I play the most are RPGs and adventure games of all kinds which includes different denominations or sub genres like Survival horror or point and click adventure games. I like the artistic and creative aspect of them and the characters, story and music which immerse me into their fictional universes. I don't play to win anything or get a high score either. To me it's about exploration, problem solving, artistic interpretation, connecting with characters etc. Of coarse there are video games out there that are about winning and competion but I don't think it's right to call all video games "games".

Mutant-Spud1714d ago (Edited 1714d ago )

I mostly play RPG's too but the only reason I sometimes play the competitive shooters are the leveling systems and character customisation .The reason I don't play them all the time is that once I hit prestige or the level cap I'm no longer that interested in continuing because there's no incentive to set aside the time to play.

foie1714d ago

Video games are a subset of "Games", but they're not "Games" like how Monopoly is a "Game". Video games, to put it simply, have evolved a lot (We still have some Monopoly-esque shit, but waddevur).