There is, however, an important difference between games on the one hand, and movies, or novels, or even music on the other. The game itself is not a story, it’s a story generator.
Quotes about movies
We would never lump Hollywood action films, Sundance winners, and nature documentaries together when discussing the impact of film. We see these as different kinds of works, using different techniques, for different audiences, to different ends. We don’t hold films from each of these categories to the same standards as the others. We wouldn’t assume Hollywood films represent the full emotional register of filmmaking, and we don’t expect every art house film to save the rain forest. Yet we still talk about games as if they’re all the same.
One thing to remember in comparisons to movies and music is that even if you don’t “get it”, you can still watch a movie and listen to music. Lack of understanding does not prevent you from consuming the experience. If you don’t understand the rules of a game, then you cannot play the game at all. If it can’t be played, is it even a game?