|Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim|
Most non-gamers only get quick glimpses of video games. Chances are that most of the time they see one of the mainstream AAA multiplayer first person shooter (FPS) titles. People who don’t play video games are most likely to see a person playing one of these titles by happenstance and judge all video games based on them. They see a game where the goal is to kill the other team over and over; a game where brutally murdering another person in multiple ways and in succession gets rewarded; a game where the creativity is minimal and the recycled mechanics of every multiplayer FPS is evident.
It’s a shame really.
Video games are capable of so much more. In fact they are perhaps the most interactive medium to tell a compelling story and to immerse a person in a different reality. Heavy Rain is a perfect example of what I’m talking about. Heavy Rain excels at pulling you into its story, making you feel you are in the game and making your actions of success or failure directly affect the overall outcome of the story. No movie can provide the same type of experience that is unique to each person.
|Morrigan from Dragon Age Origins|
Some video games provide you with a living breathing world full of unique experiences that provide a means of escape from reality that is hard to match. Fallout: New Vegas for example has a vast world full of life with characters, plot choices and near endless missions and areas to explore. No other medium can come close to providing such an immersive alternate reality to explore at your will.
Some of the best stories ever told have been through video games both old and new. Mass Effect, Final Fantasy, The Witcher, Baldur’s Gate, Gabriel Knight, and so so much more have all told amazing stories that have moved us, made us feel emotions, and stuck with us like all great works of art.
I am deeply saddened by the fact that most people will never experience what beauty and creativity is behind many of the games out there. Not every game is a shallow rehashed multiplayer game with limited creativity. Many video games are an art form that should be respected and admired not put down by the masses. I am proud of what video games have brought to my life and the experiences I have felt playing them. I am proud to be a gamer.