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Can a Game Make you Cry?


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That’s the question a lot of people hold as the standard for games becoming a mature form of art, capable of engaging audiences in meaningful emotions.

The vast majority of fine art I’ve seen hasn’t made me shed a single tear. I’ve visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York — 3 of the world’s most respectable museums — and I didn’t cry nor did I see any visitor cry (well, maybe a baby or two). Very few movies in IMDB’s top 250 movies of all time are tear-jerkers.

If “making you cry” isn’t a good standard for evoking meaningful emotions in other forms of art, why should it be for games?

3 Responses

  1. Zeke Says:

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    Howdy!

    I think it is more a case that your ability to shed tears should be questioned.

  2. Zeke Says:

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    Howdy!

    Not meant with any malice.

    I should’ve stuck this in

    :-)

  3. Pierre-Alexandre Garneau Says:

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    That’s possible, but I doubt it. Honestly, do you often shed tears in a museum, no matter how wonderful the art? I honestly don’t recall seeing anyone cry in a museum, so moved they were by what they saw — and that’s the best of the best art.

    And which of, say, the top 20 movies of all time according to IMDB made you cry? I’m honestly curious — maybe I AM a heartless bastard ;). I haven’t seen many of those movies — the movie “Rear Window” might be a real tear-jerker for all I know.

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