Rather than ponder games’ artistic merit, Brian Hertler tackles a question that’s a little more lighthearted, yet no more answerable: Just why do we find video games – even the simplest ones – so fun?
No matter who is brought in to write a story or dialogue, the industry still treats the written word in such a utilitarian way that it has a second-class citizenship among the other art forms comprising a video game.
I have a fear of horror films, and by extension horror games. I’m just too attenuated to suspense and having the hell scared out of me. But what I’m really experiencing, argues one writer, is just that: scary, not horror.