A lot of people who are productivity minded have vendetta against video games
"They're a waste of time"
"It's fake progress / achievement"
"Violent / anti-social behaviour"
I want to spend some time making a case for why I love games and why, for me, they are the ultimate form of creative expression
It may be surprising to note that I actually play games quite rarely, maybe only once a week or so on average
Playing games can feel like homework, research and critical analysis
I'm always testing the boundaries, wondering how they did something technically, how it was designed and thinking of the people behind it
This is the price you pay moving to the creative side of a field, it becomes harder to find the time and energy to earnestly consume the medium you work in
My taste in games is reflective of this too, I have a decidedly specific taste in games
Single player and local co-op
Playing as a character, very few god mode or strategy games
Despite this, when a really good games comes along... I totally lose myself in it and remember why I fell in love with the medium in the first place
Adventure, tiny worlds, exploration etc.
To make a game requires a lot of different skills
User experience design
The list goes on...
Games are a microcosm of almost every form of expression that interests me
But when it comes down to it, games are the most reliable way I can take the emotive landscape in my head and reify it for others to experience