Video Games Playing video games vs Watching movies

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  1. lindbergh

    lindbergh Member

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    Which could keep you more entertained - watching movies or playing video games? For me, I like playing video games more over watching movies. A video game could keep me entertained for more than 2 hours whereas one movie could only entertain me for less than 2 hours. Games like Uncharted, The Last of Us and Metal Gear Solid come to mind. I could play these games for 8 hours straight. :D
     
  2. ozadin

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    I have a feeling of emptiness whenever I finish a movie or a TV show, so that's one of the reasons why I prefer playing video games. 2 hours is way too short for a movie, and doesn't keep you entertained enough as much as playing games.

    Some games have the open world feature where you can do a variety of side quests and missions which makes the game more entertaining, and longer-lasting. Saints Row: The Third, GTA series, and many other games that I haven't played yet. Some other games are linear, but the time it takes to complete an action game is significantly longer than a movie. The average time it takes for me to beat action games like Borderlands, Bioshock, Spec Ops: The Line, Darkness II, and some others is around 8 hours.
     
  3. tribie

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    I would choose watching a movie. I see both things as recreation and watching a movie is more entertaining to me as it is more relaxing. I like the idea of giving my whole attention to the film to enjoy it while not doing anything. Playing games are tiring because you can be at it all day.
     
  4. wowtgp

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    I have always loved playing video games. Nothing can even come close to it when it comes to the immersiveness and the feeling of being in the world. I get lost sometimes while playing a game like The Last of Us. Having said this, I think movies are completely different thing. They are not comparable to games.
     
  5. cg303

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    There is a big difference between the two, when you watch a movie you may find yourself getting up to stretch, get a drink, use the bathroom ect.
    But when you play video games you become so immersed in the game that you lose all concept of time and before you know it the sun is coming up
    and you barely notice that you are dehydrated and unload about 5 gallons of urine in one trip to the bathroom.
     
  6. BananaWolf

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    I could definitely play Call of Duty for like 8 hours straight, yet I start getting restless after 90 minutes of a movie. Aside from the immersion factor, you can also take breaks whenever you want with videogames, so you don't have to be so intently focused because you might miss something.
     
  7. Punyama

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    Call of Duty is a really good action movie, just saying.

    That aside, in terms of pure storytelling there are definitely strong contenders from both fields- The Last of Us and Bioshock infinite are recent examples of good video games that told a story pretty well, and I don't think I need to list examples of good movies.

    Personally if I'm not doing anything during a movie I tend to get bored, so video games usually win out. I've probably put more hours into League of Legends alone than all the movies I've ever watched combined.
     
  8. wowtgp

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    rue that. But let's face it - movies are always awesome, especially when you are watching 'em with your partner. My GF doesn't want me to play games for some unapparent reason. I will never comprehend why some girls hate gaming so much.
     
  9. BioLee

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    I have to say I love them both, and I thought I would love them together ( Beyond: Two Souls ) but I just ended up disappointed because they try to much to be a movie. But on the other hand "Last of Us" did it perfectly, it had the right amount of cinematics and interesting gameplay.. If you're in a situation like me, definely pick up the game!
     
  10. Kelly Hartman

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    How about taking the middle ground and going for a visual novel? Final Fantasy X is almost one as it is...
     
  11. jodig

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    I actually do both. On one hand I watch a lot of comedy films or series. A good laugh always makes my day. On the other hand, I play games on a daily basis. I've played any kind of game over the years but I mostly play rpg and shooter games. "Metro: Last Light" is a recommended one, if you are into survival/horror!
     
  12. Oakster

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    I much prefer playing a game to watching a movie.
    A movie is a linear experience, it's the same for everyone so it becomes quite boring.
    When it comes to videogames, you make your own choices and strategies, which in turn can make for some great conversation with your friends.
     
  13. woot223

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    That depends on how tired I am and what mood I'm in. I wouldn't play video games when I'm tired because the games I play (mostly strategy) require a lot of concentration and focus. Nowadays video games can be just as deep with their story as movies. Modern games are just as much art as modern movies are: they can be entertaining and thought provoking.
     
  14. Dreek Lass

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    I would much more prefer to have a story play out in the form of a video game a lot of the time, and I like to be able to effect the plot as I play. But there are other times when I just don't want to do anything at all, and would like to have a story told to me.
     
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    Definitely video games since it's interactive. You are basically the protagonist in the movie, you choose what you want to do. I love doing things that aren't part of the story line just for fun, it keeps me entertained for hours.
     
  16. Dreek Lass

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    I think that it is really difficult to pick just one out of the two. They both have their purposes, depending on what the video game and or movie is like - and many other factors like the genre of the video games and movies. Both can be very entertaining, but no matter how good a game is or a movie for that matter, sometimes you are just in the mood for one or the other.
     
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    It depends on what kind of games I play. I prefer watching movies because I can watch them with my wife, which is one of our hobbies together. I don't play games anymore because I don't have the time, which I work and school full-time.
     
  18. TheViper

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    Watching a movie is something I prefer over video games. If the movie is good then I can really get into it. There are too many dud video games out their currently. Sure, the graphics look amazing but the story is horrible.

    Movies to me is the only thing that I will willingly put down the PS3 remote for.
     
  19. Oakster

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    Well sorry but the same argument can be made for movies, there are plenty of horrible movies out there so I don't think that argument makes sense.
     
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    That.... is not at all healthy. You really need to keep a water bottle on hand and get up every couple hours just to move around. No one wants a pulmonary embolism, cramps, nerve damage or dehydration :( Please take care of yourself!

    And ... to be honest I like video games that are more like visual novels or interactive movies. :) The closest I've come to playing one of those is Hatoful Boyfriend, a ... different take on the traditional Japanese dating sim (for heteronormative girls.) It's... well, it's a pigeon dating sim. ???? I know. It actually has a really bizarre, intricate and well-written storyline and is a lot of fun to play through.
     

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