Eternal competitors to comics, games are actually the offshoot of the military industrial complex where scientists, strategists and soldiers used them to test new weapons and scenarios virtually. Electronic games are about simulation and storytelling with more acute human-computer interactions. But of course, games existed before the military used them to train personnel in the 1950s.
The magic of games is in the interaction with an information system where the user can cast choices and sometimes decide the outcome of a story. This is unlike comics where the interaction the user has with the medium is mostly centered around the pace and progression through a predetermined spatially juxtaposed sequence. Much of the story in comics occurs off-panel in the mind of the reader. With games, a comprehensive story is only available after the fact when the user has made a series of decisions based on her interaction with a system. The mind of the gamer is active and cunning while experiencing the story.
As Marshall McLuhan would have argued, games are very much a hot medium. Many of the gamer’s senses are working overtime to interpret many sources of incomplete information while having to make decisions. The decision-making aspect of game is what distinguishes the user’s interaction. Unlike with comics, the decision-making affect the actual entertainment obtained by the gamer and is at once about the experience but also about what happens next in the story.
Games have changed forms from being hosted on large computers taking up several rooms in a lab to clunky consoles with plasticky parts to touch modality on a smartphone or a tablet. The investment in games is larger than that in the movie industry and umpteenth times larger than the comics industry. Here at ComicBookBin, we have long abandoned any pretensions of being a fully-fledged gaming outlet. But we still like games and still want to tip toe in the genre. Perhaps one day, we’ll figure out is the space between comics and games.
Hervé St-Louis, June 7, 2015
Mar 5, 2019 - 13:58
It’s the mediocre summer blockbuster that you see once, enjoy the explosions, and move on to bigger and better things.
Oct 9, 2018 - 17:11
@LifeIsStrange starts strong with season two.
Aug 8, 2018 - 15:35
@Overcookedgame 2 is a fantastic follow up to the first.
May 29, 2018 - 13:28
@YokuGame is a huge question mark of a concept that it brilliantly executes on.
Jan 22, 2018 - 16:07
@NightInTheWoods is really special.
Jan 10, 2018 - 17:43
This is a fantastic competitive platformer.
Oct 27, 2017 - 12:47
@JackboxGames puts out a fine but weak game collection this year.
Oct 5, 2017 - 13:35
This is far more than just a remake.
Sep 7, 2017 - 23:23
@DeckNineGames starts the ball rolling slowly.
Aug 16, 2017 - 12:52
@VertexPop puts out a stylish but lacking shoot-em-up.
Jul 19, 2017 - 15:53
@SMGstudio puts out a decent puzzle game on the Switch.
Jun 28, 2017 - 17:46
This is a strong entry in the Fire Emblem series.
Apr 18, 2017 - 16:28
@PlaytonicGames puts out a blast from the past.
Feb 28, 2017 - 17:54
@HaloWarsTwo is a good continuation of the series with some lackluster controls.
Dec 19, 2016 - 13:01
@DeadRising 4 isn't as unique but still a decent time.
Oct 25, 2016 - 13:35
A great game with a deep flaw.
Oct 21, 2016 - 13:21
@CoalitionGears starts up an exciting and fun new trilogy.
Oct 14, 2016 - 17:54
Adds some new life to the classic game.
Oct 10, 2016 - 13:30
@ForzaHorizon 3 is a wild and exciting continuation.
Sep 26, 2016 - 14:42
The enjoyment and promise drains quite quickly.
Sep 7, 2016 - 12:45
It does what it needs to and no more.
Aug 18, 2016 - 16:48
@TelltaleGames puts out a run of the mill new series.
Jul 13, 2016 - 14:48
Despite a lackluster ending, this game continues the series nicely.
Apr 1, 2016 - 11:51
@RemedyGames continues their streak of great and novel storytelling.
Mar 21, 2016 - 15:22
@OriandtheBlindForest Definitive Edition is a great addition for a great price.
Feb 25, 2016 - 13:00
@TelltaleGames puts out a lackluster start to this mini series.
Dec 16, 2015 - 18:52
This is a sad follow up in the @JustCause series.
Nov 30, 2015 - 11:38
This is a fantastic follow up to the rebooted @TombRaider
Nov 17, 2015 - 17:40
@NintendoAmerica puts out a sad follow up to a great cooperative series.
Nov 9, 2015 - 19:29
@TelltaleGames finishes off their series wonderfully.
Nov 2, 2015 - 18:21
@Halo 5 has my favorite campaign in this series.
Oct 30, 2015 - 13:53
Spartan-IV's hunt the legendary Master chief
Oct 27, 2015 - 16:41
@TelltaleGames doesn't start this series off very well.
Oct 9, 2015 - 17:17
@NintendoAmerica puts out a lifeless shell of a game.
Sep 17, 2015 - 15:00
@NintendoAmerica creates a Mario game so great that it's suprising.
Sep 10, 2015 - 17:36
@KlobitGames needs to add in online multiplayer.
Aug 31, 2015 - 13:28
@CoalitionGears puts out a half baked remaster.
Aug 18, 2015 - 13:43
@RareLtd's Replay collection is a fantastic deal.
Jul 28, 2015 - 18:22
@TelltaleGames puts out a great penultimate episode to this season.
Jul 6, 2015 - 12:48
@TelltaleGames puts out the best episode yet in this series.