Platform Nation’s “A Simple Question”: “Real” Games

When someone asks you to name a video game, what’s the first thing that pops into your head?  Call of Duty? Mass Effect? Bioshock? Angry Birds?  The answer to the question largely depends on how you got into gaming; for me, it was through consoles, so my knee jerk reaction is to name a console game. I still think of XBLA or games on my phone as a secondary, almost lower tier game, despite the fact that I spend as much time playing Bubble Blast 2 on my Droid as I do most console games.  And yet, while Black Ops rakes in over $1,000,000,000 world-wide, Angry Birds sold 12 million copies on the iPhone alone.  Certainly it’s a quality game, and I can’t deny that the game is fun, but I don’t consider it a video game in the same sense as I would Fallout: New Vegas.

Are retail and downloadable (app-like) games on the same level in your eyes?  Do you consider one to be a higher “tier” than the other?

Keep in mind, I’m not questioning the validity of downloadable games (and yes, I know many full-on retail games are available as download, never mind that almost all PC games now-a-days are downloadable).  I’m referring to games you’d find on your phone, or on PSN, XBLA, or WiiWare: games originally designed to be downloaded.  I just can’t shake the notion that paying $5 for a casual game isn’t what I consider when thinking about a video game.  Maybe it’s just me..

A Simple Question (ASQ) is a weekly segment for Platform Nation.  Each week, you’ll be posed a question.   Give a response and let the world know what you think, there is no right or wrong answer here. If you have a suggestion for a question, hit me up on twitter @vttym.

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  • Brian Heitzenrater (FrehleyzComet)

    I agree with your article. I do not consider smaller arcade games to be on the same level as a full blown console game. It’s like comparing a Kia to a Porsche. They’re both cars, but they are definitely not on the same level.