Extra Credits: Beyond Fun

This week, we explain why games shouldn't be constrained exclusively to "Fun".

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Recent Comments:

  • FUN is not a genre, its BINARY.

    its either FUN or its BORING. 1 / 0

    Err...

    I can think of pleanty of non-boring pieces of entertainment that aren't fun.

    Recovery, a facinating drama about a man recovering from a head injury, and the effects it has on his family being merely the first example to cross my mind.

    Fun isn't the opposite of boring, nor is it synonymous with enjoyable. It's simply an emotion that can be engaged by entertainment (and artistic) media, or not engaged by entertainment (and artistic) media. A specific piece of entertainment (or artistic) media being fun does not make it a better or worse piece of entertainment (or artistic) media than one that isn't, simply appealing to a different (set of) emotions.

  • FUN is not a genre, its BINARY.

    its either FUN or its BORING. 1 / 0

    Its not a classification, not a type or a style or an idea.

    You ENJOY it its FUN, you DON'T ENJOY IT, its NOT FUN.

    Something very wrong at the EC head quarters, when they get something so fundamentally wrong.

    I really like how you can throw out anything written that features tons of needless capitalization.

  • You want things beyond fun? Fine.

    Here's what I don't want to see. "You enjoy this game and genre, but you don't enjoy this other game and genre. Therefore, you're stupid". If I wasn't engaged by passage, the path, or every day the same dream, it's because I wasn't engaged by passage, the path, and every day the same dream. It is not because I am a drooling caveman who only likes pretty lights and hitting things with sticks.

    That insult happens way more than people think it does. I mean, just look at this comments section. http://www.destructoid.com/review-dear- ... 1082.phtml

    Apparently the reviewer is HOLDING THE ENTIRE INDUSTRY BACK because his review didn't make it out to be a shining golden ice cream cake made of happiness. I mean, seriously. I hate it when people tell me I'm dumb for enjoying what I enjoy.

  • Apparently the reviewer is HOLDING THE ENTIRE INDUSTRY BACK because his review didn't make it out to be a shining golden ice cream cake made of happiness. I mean, seriously. I hate it when people tell me I'm dumb for enjoying what I enjoy.

    Well, Dear Esther sucked. It committed the cardinal sin of being -boring-, and being set in a medium wherein I could wander around, FURTHER stretching out the story, made it worse.

    It was an interesting attempt at experimental storytelling, but it wasn't actually interesting to experience. Indeed, the central "trick" to it - the variable storyline - isn't even noticable unless you play through it multiple times. I didn't even know that trick was part of it until I read an online review which mentioned it.

    It was far too clever for its own good, and far too self-indulgent to actually be good. It sucked.

  • Aah! The internets are telling me that fun is!
    I wonder if you loose many people's engagement in your point that way.

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