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
March 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.
October 9, 2018 - 17:11
@LifeIsStrange starts strong with season two.
August 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.
January 22, 2018 - 16:07
@NightInTheWoods is really special.
January 10, 2018 - 17:43
This is a fantastic competitive platformer.
October 27, 2017 - 12:47
@JackboxGames puts out a fine but weak game collection this year.
October 5, 2017 - 13:35
This is far more than just a remake.
September 7, 2017 - 23:23
@DeckNineGames starts the ball rolling slowly.
August 16, 2017 - 12:52
@VertexPop puts out a stylish but lacking shoot-em-up.
July 19, 2017 - 15:53
@SMGstudio puts out a decent puzzle game on the Switch.
June 28, 2017 - 17:46
This is a strong entry in the Fire Emblem series.
April 18, 2017 - 16:28
@PlaytonicGames puts out a blast from the past.
February 28, 2017 - 17:54
@HaloWarsTwo is a good continuation of the series with some lackluster controls.
December 19, 2016 - 13:01
@DeadRising 4 isn't as unique but still a decent time.
October 25, 2016 - 13:35
A great game with a deep flaw.
October 21, 2016 - 13:21
@CoalitionGears starts up an exciting and fun new trilogy.
October 14, 2016 - 17:54
Adds some new life to the classic game.
October 10, 2016 - 13:30
@ForzaHorizon 3 is a wild and exciting continuation.
September 26, 2016 - 14:42
The enjoyment and promise drains quite quickly.
September 7, 2016 - 12:45
It does what it needs to and no more.
August 18, 2016 - 16:48
@TelltaleGames puts out a run of the mill new series.
July 13, 2016 - 14:48
Despite a lackluster ending, this game continues the series nicely.
April 1, 2016 - 11:51
@RemedyGames continues their streak of great and novel storytelling.
March 21, 2016 - 15:22
@OriandtheBlindForest Definitive Edition is a great addition for a great price.
February 25, 2016 - 13:00
@TelltaleGames puts out a lackluster start to this mini series.
December 16, 2015 - 18:52
This is a sad follow up in the @JustCause series.
November 30, 2015 - 11:38
This is a fantastic follow up to the rebooted @TombRaider
November 17, 2015 - 17:40
@NintendoAmerica puts out a sad follow up to a great cooperative series.
November 9, 2015 - 19:29
@TelltaleGames finishes off their series wonderfully.
November 2, 2015 - 18:21
@Halo 5 has my favorite campaign in this series.
October 30, 2015 - 13:53
Spartan-IV's hunt the legendary Master chief
October 27, 2015 - 16:41
@TelltaleGames doesn't start this series off very well.
October 9, 2015 - 17:17
@NintendoAmerica puts out a lifeless shell of a game.
September 17, 2015 - 15:00
@NintendoAmerica creates a Mario game so great that it's suprising.
September 10, 2015 - 17:36
@KlobitGames needs to add in online multiplayer.
August 31, 2015 - 13:28
@CoalitionGears puts out a half baked remaster.
August 18, 2015 - 13:43
@RareLtd's Replay collection is a fantastic deal.
July 28, 2015 - 18:22
@TelltaleGames puts out a great penultimate episode to this season.
July 6, 2015 - 12:48
@TelltaleGames puts out the best episode yet in this series.