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Tell GR: Is Gaming More Of A Lifestyle Than Movies Or Music?

Posted on Tuesday, January 21 @ 17:15:00 Eastern by

I've been kicking around the idea for several years that video games have quickly become the ultimate form of mass media, that the way they encompass many different forms of art elevates them above both movies and music. Obviously, you don't have to look far for extreme video game fandom either.

Maybe it's the interactivity, the immersion, the engrossing development and communication of extremely complex virtual worlds overflowing with consequences, entertaining distractions, and heart-wrenching stories. I'm not entirely sure. Maybe I'm totally off-base.

I'm probably asking the wrong audience too. Maybe there are music fans out there who feel that games could never come close to reaching the depths of human emotion they feel when they listen to their favorite songs. Maybe there are film buffs who don't accept anything less than Citizen Kane and reference every emotion they feel with a movie they've seen.

Which is better? Which speaks more to the human condition and which can change how we think or feel? If you have a message you want to share, which do you choose? Which medium captures your attention more than any other?

Tell GR: Is gaming more of a lifestyle than movies or music?
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