Games Aren’t Supposed To Be Fun

Tom Bissell, author of Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter in Slate’s year-end gaming club:

…you’re dead wrong that “fun” is the point of video games…Games, for me, are supposed to be interesting or engaging, and can arrive there in any number of ways. But fun? Who cares about fun? This “fun” shibboleth is so often used to validate games’ overall lack of ambition—something that Black Ops has, yes, a ton of…I’d like to see the game-makers bring a little something more to the table than mere escapism, mere “fun.” And whatever, because Black Ops fails at being fun! It’s repetitive and dull.

I haven’t read all of these yet. Start here if you’re interested.