Why Video Games Matter


Human beings are storytellers. This basic, constant instinct is evident throughout history — from creation narratives told around the night’s fire to Greek playwrights to the first novels to the flickering images of early motion pictures.

What has changed, though, is how we tell stories. Each of our technologies, from the printing press to celluloid film, has opened up revolutionary new possibilities that have fundamentally altered the way stories can be told. That revolutionary role of technology is at work again now, and it’s why we should be paying attention to video games.

Yes, video games.

To convince you of this claim, I would like to present my “Exhibit A” for “Why Video Games Matter”: A truly remarkable piece of work called The Last of Us.

We ran a really fine piece on The Last of Us over at Fare Forward as well that is certainly worth your time if you’re into video games.