Tuesday May 01, 2012

Most Popular Video Games Are Dumb

There is an opinion piece posted at Kotaku today that claims most popular video games are dumb. Is the guy onto something or just on something?

My issue, then, is with what we might call the intellectual maturity level of mainstream games. It's not the design mechanics under the hood that I find almost excruciatingly sophomoric at this point; it's the elements of these games that bear on human emotion and intellectual sophistication, from narrative and dialogue right on down to their core thematic concepts.