From a recent book review at The New York Times:
If photographs are â€œexperience captured,â€ in Susan Sontagâ€™s phrase, then video games are experience created. The medium can be so engaging, so addictive â€” Bissell compares playing games to his time using cocaine â€” that many game makers get away with fiction that makes Stephenie Meyer â€œlook like Ibsen.â€ A novel or a movie that is poorly written is relatively easy to abandon. Well-designed games that feature bad writing â€œdo not have this problem,â€ Bissell notes. â€œOr rather, their problem is not having this problem.â€
The book in question is “Extra Lives” by Tom Bissel. It’s an interesting thought – that games can be so engaging, even when some elements of them are lacking. What’s more interesting – the thought of what games will eventually become – an experience so engaging and immersive that “escape” from them won’t be possible. Not sure if that’s a good thing or not.