August 6th, 2009 - 11:53 am

Why is it that a Halo gamer will sit down and read a Halo novel, but likely wouldn’t want to read through a paragraph if it appeared on-screen?

I think the answer is more complicated than “I don’t want to read, I’m playing a game!” It’s not just that they’re different kinds of activities. The goal of both the Halo novels and Halo the game are to entertain you. Watching a movie isn’t the same as reading, but you’ve (I assume) all read the intro to Star Wars: A New Hope, or the subtitles in a foreign film?

Why are we willing to read these?

Because they’re (a) important, and (b) engaging. Text in games is rarely either.

Spake gian mancuso, tagged as: opinion

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