“Video games are a waste of time for men with nothing else to do. Real brains don’t do that,” said science fiction writer and master of narrative Ray Bradbury. Admittedly he was writing in the 1980s when games consisted of a square bouncing around a screen, but he has a point doesn’t he? As past-times go it’s a pretty ineffectual way of passing the time isn’t it? What did you do today? Umm… I sat in my underwear guiding a yellow ball with a mouth around a maze eating yellow dots trying to avoid other balls that wanted to eat me. But if you have nothing else to do with your life, why not? Yet if Bradbury was writing about video games today he’d be completely wrong, and not only wrong but snobbish. Nowadays intelligent narrative, solid scripts and voice acting are taking centre stage, and in some cases are even better than film.
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