@mason20: You're definitely right, but there are still a lot of great shows with much more intellectual value than the average video game. Hell, I can't think of many games that are more thought provoking than a show like 24, let alone the bounty of golden age shows we have access to today (Breaking Bad, The Wire, Mad Men, Slings and Arrows, Community, True Detective, etc). I think that if someone says they marathoned through a season of Duck Dynasty, they would (or at least should) be looked down upon about as much as someone who says they played a few hours of Call of Duty.
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It's a very time-consuming activity, and one that is either very isolating (playing a long story-based game) or having very little intellectual value (multiplayer). Video games are seen by society as just games, which is true in the vast majority of situations. Movies, TV shows, and novels can be as dumb as video games, but they are generally of a higher intellectual quality than most video games. Strong story-based games are on the rise, but thought-provoking games are not nearly as mainstream or plentiful as those in other mediums. Video games--especially those seen by society--are just games, and therefore but a waste of time.
Is there any mythology page for the Blue run or any particularly interesting/ridiculous parts of the run? It's an impressive feat they accomplished, but with fewer people participating and therefore fewer mistakes it just doesn't seem as fun.
2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
3. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
4. Children of Men
6. Almost Famous
7. Shawshank Redemption
8. Doctor Strangelove
10. The Iron Giant
Order changes, but this is generally pretty representative. I sure need to watch more Kubrick, though.
Naughty Dog tells amazing stories, but the problem is they tell stories pretty much the exact same way a movie/tv series would. BioWare has made some miss-steps, but their character and worldbuilding combined with player input is second to none when it's working well. I'll also push forward support for Team ICO, who have rather minimalist stories but make you care almost entirely through their gameplay systems.
No mentions of Infamous yet. I don't play too many open world games outside of Bethesda releases, which I quite enjoy but wouldn't exactly say I love, so InFamous is actually probably my favorite open world game. If ever I have the time, though, I really should play through some Assassin's Creed and Red Dead. Is it alright to start Assassin's Creed with 4 or is there some story stuff I'll miss out on?
I generally don't share your taste in games, but at least we can agree that Fire Emblem is great and Awakening is also pretty amazing. I've been thinking as to where it stands on my favorite Fire Emblems, and while I think I prefer the overarching story of The Blazing Sword and the characters and maps from Sacred Sword, the new gameplay systems, improved interface, and expanded support systems of Awakening go quite a long way in pushing it in my favor. I've really wanted to play through it again, but I have a lot of other games I should probably play before I do so, and I really wish there was a difficulty harder than the Expert mode but without getting into the well, insanity of Insanity mode.
As for the waifu debate, I too selected Tharja but kind of regretted my choice, especially after seeing how twisted our future child turned out to be because of her abuse. She has some great moments and is deep down a good person--I think--but is a little strong on the anime stereotypes for me. The children are actually some of my favorite characters--Lucina and Cynthia are especially great--but their late-coming in the game and the child-rearing troubles they present made it difficult to support with them. Were I to play through again, I think I would be torn between Lissa and Cordelia.
Also, I must mention the glory of Owain and Donnel as a father-son team. I feel as though they made the game a whole lot easier than the ability to grind did.
They could maybe shift to the kind of top 10 voting system sites like AV Club use in their lists so it's not just based on discussion and the "game of the year" decision is less of a definitive thing to argue and more just voicing of a numerical consensus. But then again, many come for the bloodbath.