|Posted on June 3, 2011 at 10:20 AM|
I found this article about why it’s still not cool to admit you’re a gamer, and I found it quite interesting. I'd actually have to agree with most of its points. I'm not really embarrassed to tell people I play video games (though I don't think I'd refer to myself as a "gamer"), it just doesn't come up all that much. And there's no point talking about video games to someone who doesn't play them, so I keep my mouth shut.
In my Modern Texts class at uni, I've considered bringing up a particular game during discussions, but the truth is, compared to films and literature, most games are extremely poorly written and badly acted. Most popular games are just aping cheesy action movies, so there's very little chance of innovation. Even Heavy Rain, which many gamers hold up as some kind of proof of progress, is really just the equivalent of some crappy airport novel. But a game's narrative is as much about gameplay as it is about cutscenes, and that dynamic is difficult to explain to non-gamers.