A fun rant. Personally I loved Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls is my game of E3 right now. More excited to see what it will be than to get my hands on The last Of Us.
Ever since the arrival of the (and yes I will call it this) game Heavy Rain, there seems to have arisen a debate as to what a game actually is defined as. Many people believe that Heavy Rain and it's upcoming spiritual successor Beyond: Two Souls are not games because they believe there isn't really any "gameplay" so there for it's not a game.
Now, accoriding to wikipedia, a video game is an electronic game that involves human interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a video device. Under this definition, Heavy Rain, Beyond, and games of the like certainly fit the definition, yes? However gamers have developed their own personal definition of what a game is. And this creates a rift between the gamers.
What these gamers don't realize is you just can't call a game, not a game, based on your own definition. If there is interactivity, if there visual feedback of what you are doing, it IS a game. It doesn't matter if you can't freely control your character like most games do. It doesn't matter if most of the game is a cinematic experience. As long as you are doing something (i.e pressing buttons, moving analog sticks), it is a game and not, as some people call, an interactive movie.
Now I do, however, believe these games deserve their own genre. These types of games are fundamentally different than others. I think it'll be easier for gamers to say "oh I don't like this genre" rather than "this game is not a game".
Just because I can't teabag my opponent after killing them, just because i can't go killing civilians, just because i can't crash into buildings whenever i want, does NOT mean it's not a game. It's just not a game YOU would play.
I loved Heavy Rain and I do consider it a game. As you say, it may not have unmitigated violence, which it did at times, but it carried a moral story along, which is more valuable to me than running and gunning.
Unless you are holding a FAMAS or AK47, it's not a game. If a door can't explode upon punching, it's not a game. - Gen Z
its just hardcore gamers getting all jealous over the fact that heavy rain may have been the most compelling exclusive to ps3 in a long while... You cant judge what you havnt played and some people tend to do that and just cause heavy rain moved slowly and had a large amount of cinematics doesnt mean it wasnt a game like u said games require feedback which this game definitely needed and it was completely suspenseful and exciting at the same time probably the most fun ive had with a game in a long while, I hope beyond is just as compelling, it looks interesting to say the least but I think it will need to do alot to steal the show from heavy rain
Hell, I don't care what you call it. Heavy Rain was fun, whatever it was and definitely looking forward to Quantic Dream's next game! Hopefully, the new story won't have the plotholes that Heavy Rain did but either way, I'm sure it's going to be a blast all the way through.
That's an odd definition though. The way it is worded, you could argue that apps are video games because of the variants of interaction and whatnot. Eh, oh well. Fools gonna be fools.