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Having Fun: Or Why I'm A Coward Who Hates Games

In response to Anthony's Rant "Fun Isn't Enough".

And if you think you are like being a "real" gamer or a "hardcore" gamer or just not being pretentious by saying that games should only be fun...like because that's what they originally were and that's what they've always been...you don't love games. You might think you do because you think you're being pure to the original idea of what games are and therefore what they're supposed to be, but you actually hate them. You hate the potential of what they could be and all the potential expressive power that video games have inherently. You're scared of seeing something change from just fun and to fun in a whole web of other things that could completely change your understanding of what the world could be through interactivity. You're scared of that, and if you think that games should just be fun you are a coward.

-Anthony Burch

I play games to have fun. I don't think I could engage in an emotional roller-coaster of a game for hours at a time. There might even be some serious topics I'd absolutely refuse to engage in with an interactive medium. Who would seriously want to sit down and play the video game equivalent of Schindler's List? Representing either side? The movie was difficult, and all I had to do was sit and watch.

That's not to say these types of games shouldn't be made. For the brave gamers, the hardened masochists who want to sit down and bear an emotional beating for 8-20 hours, by all means. Enjoy.

For myself, maybe I am a coward. If I want to be moved to tears, emotionally man-handled or otherwise - I know plenty of other mediums where I can get my fix. When I sit down with a controller in hand, I'm just looking to have some fun. Anthony might think I'm a cowardly gamer who hates games because I only want to have fun, but as he's looking down his nose at me from the ivory tower that is Destructoid - I AM having fun, even if I don't realize I actually hate what I'm doing. Yet there's Anthony, frustrated because gaming hasn't delivered to him his Citizen Kane.

I'd rather be in my position.

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