CHAPTER 14

Video Games

What is the debate over storytelling and games all about?

In what ways are games growing more cinematic?

What is it about video games that makes them so appealing to gamers?

What do games do well, and what are some of their limitations?

What can we learn from video games that we can apply to other forms of interactive entertainment?

THE GREAT DEBATE

Video games are the granddaddy of all forms of interactive digital entertainment. Pong, the world’s first successful video game, debuted in 1972, almost two full decades before the World Wide Web was even born and long before other types of digital media were introduced. In the intervening years, video games have not only evolved enormously but have also had a profound influence ...

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