Rosveen Posted April 8, 2015 Share Posted April 8, 2015 Books are not an interactive medium. Games are and "fun" is supposed to be their primary feature. Before all else, they must be fun to play. I'm sorry but that's nonsense. Books (and movies) are not mechanically interactive as a videogame (in the sense that you don't use them by manipulating peripherals, although we could discuse if the physical volume is in itself a peripheral and the book is just the message contained on it, and in that regard the way the physical volume is made could be important), but they are, let's say, cognitively interactive. Meaning that your mind interacts with the things you're perceiving, emotionally and intellectualy; and one of the things that interaction can trigger in your mind is fun; because I think we all will agree that fun is something that's in your mind. So based on that, the process of fun being triggered in the consumer's mind obviously depends on an interaction between the product and the mind, and that's valid for games, books and movies. And again, you only can hope fun to be triggered in your brain, but your money only gives you access to the potentially triggering product, not assures the triggering itself. Agreed. Enjoyment isn't guaranteed, that's why you can't return your Steam game and ask for a refund because "it just wasn't fun." But can you talk about why it wasn't fun? Of course, and this goes for any medium. There are plenty of scathing user reviews of books and movies, you just won't find them on the publisher's website because they don't have anywhere to post them. Go to fan forums, though, and it's a whole different story. Movie adaptations are the funniest thing, so many get the status of "no, we don't talk about it here, this never happened." :D Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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