Gaming’s Inferiority Complex
Gaming and I had a little conversation the other day…
Psychological result / report to follow:
“Patient seems to have a persistent inferiority complex. More so than other forms of entertainment and media. Hope may not be lost due to occasional explosion consisting of pure potential, maturity and excessive amounts of excellence.
Subject shall remain under close watch and observed by unstable staff with a tendency to shout random curses.
More to follow.”
When gaming is compared to other forms of media and entertainment, one cannot help but feel a need for more objective and mature examples in gaming. Not that there aren’t some great games out there with philosophical and mature themes. Personally, I would wish people not to look down at gaming, thinking their preferred choice of entertainment is much better than gaming as a whole.
One is bound to find countless titles dismissing my need for more objectivity in games. Mindless violence most certainly has its charm; see Serious Sam. Albeit great games, some people need their hunger to be compensated by more games providing food for thought.
Titles such as BioShock, Mass Effect, Catherine, Deus Ex and Spec-Ops: The Line have most certainly provided the thoughtful narrative I seek, but these games are few and far between the rest of the gaming flock.
Perhaps the rarity in “intellectual” and “mature” games makes them all the more special. The more one thinks about it the more one’s bound to appreciate these titles less and less if they’re popping out all over the place. Think about it: you’re not going to get super excited for a new military shooter today.
We’ll return with more psychological reports and results on gaming in the future, but for now you can do your part and share your opinion about what you think about games with more “advanced” narratives and their place in this discombobulated world.
(Every form of feedback will increase the donation given to gaming’s current medication and therapy fees. P.S. Not really, but at least you’ll look more charitable.)