Reposted from PopMatters Moving Pixels.
Books and movies are not usually about how well you read or watch them. But many games change dramatically depending on how well you play them.
I take back what I said last week about Fable III. It is indeed entirely possible to achieve the best ending with no sacrifice to one’s morals, but it came at the expense of something even more valuable: my belief in the system.
Unless you’re a computer programmer, the logarithms of modern video games are infinitely more complex than most players can understand under short exposure. For that reason, mastering a game is only one part being trained by the system; the other part is the search for the programming’s underlying logic. In fact, in a lot of cases, to remain immersed and fooled by the game’s hidden mechanics the player has to willfully ignore the same tools needed to become fully proficient with it.