Video Games nowadays are as spectacular as film or t.v. I think (unlike Roger Ebert) that they are in fact superior to film in you have a vested interest in the outcome of the game as opposed to a passive care when engaged in a film. Games like God Of War 3, Modern Warfare, Fallout 3, etc. are literally jaw dropping beautiful with state of the art graphics, sound, and immersible game play.The advent of motion controls (Wii nun chucks, Sony move) and 3-D graphics are becoming commonplace as Video Games move into the year 2011.
All that being said i still find old school video games more enjoyable. Not better. Certainly not superior in anyway to the lowliest Video Game today. Yet its the way the game designers took the tools and resources available to them and still made engaging games. Looking at these games now usually evokes smiles and laughs. But try to look at these games through the eyes of a 12 year old. A 12 year old in a world without Youtube. A world where there's no DVD's. No XBOX, no Ipod. Your in your friends basement. Last weekend you had snuck into the theater down the block to see Aliens. Now your friends older brother bought the video game for his Commodore 64. You just got out of school and high on Kool-aid you guys put the game in.
Are you there?