why books will always be better than video games

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Edited By tylerdagamer

Poll: why books will always be better than video games (12 votes)

their fun at anytime 50%
useful for blackouts 42%

books are cheaper

books have more variety

books are not as immature

books can give you more knowledge

books can help you out in your careers

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#1 MonsieurX
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....really

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#3 Archangel3371
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I prefer video games.

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#4  Edited By RSM-HQ
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@tylerdagamer lol, poorly written for a fanatical-reader.

Books having more "variety" may just be the most ridiculous thing I've read here since the 'P.C. versus Consoles' thread. Now if you stated educational influence, or profound meaning, I'd be in agreement.

I read books before sleep usually, no other reason unless my 3DS somehow runs out of battery during travel.

If you play games solely for "story" then sure. . I guess. But that makes you the fool.

Games are about the fundamental depth, and how each person will handle the tools given. It's an experience you cannot find in writing, and gives off far more sensations due to its ridiculous variety. Games can be very knowledgeable if you tried something outside Grand Theft Auto. Try a puzzle game sometime_

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#5 phbz
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The topic could generate an interesting discussion but initial post killed it for me.

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#6 MarcRecon
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Even though I'm a big fan of books, you can't take away the fact the CERTAIN games can go beyond being entertainment and can be at least informative.

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#7  Edited By hrt_rulz01
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Lol, ok then.

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#8 pyro1245
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Lol. I bet you read fiction.

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#9  Edited By Black_Knight_00
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Books have unlimited backwards compatibility.

They can also teach you to spell "they're" correctly.

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#10 RockField
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@Black_Knight_00 said:

Books have unlimited backwards compatibility.

They can also teach you to spell "they're" correctly.

he has a point

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#11 fend_oblivion
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As much as I love books, I prefer video games. Why? Because when you read a book, you're just a passive observer. Games allow us to be active participants.

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#12 deactivated-5c56012aaa167
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Why not consider them equal?

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@rockfield said:
@Black_Knight_00 said:

Books have unlimited backwards compatibility.

They can also teach you to spell "they're" correctly.

he has a point

seconded :-P

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#14 Byshop  Moderator
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"their fun at anytime"

Books also improve literacy skills.

Usually...

-Byshop

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#15 darktruth007
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I enjoy both books and games. But just because its a game doesn't mean the story is shit. There are way more shitty books out there than shitty games.

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#17 matastig
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NewsFlash:.....This is a video gaming website not a book store.....i fell a sleep reading the title alone! i also like how he gave us the option to disagree.....oh wait!...he didn't! he just assumed that we're all on board! what a great Poll!

P.s: I didn't vote!...Duh!

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#18 FenderKiller17
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I prefer Video Games. However, I do like listening to audio books now and then.

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#19 Gaming-Planet
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I'm too ADD for books.

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#20 Ovirew
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When you look at books, board games/card games, and then video games, you can see the minor increments making one different from the last.

With books, usually the reader is just following a story and forming thoughts and opinions about the characters and worlds and conflicts within them. There is no interaction or gameplay, and all of the visuals are pretty much in your imagination, save for the cover.

With board games and card games, there is no story usually. But there are rules. And sometimes information is stored, either as scores on a piece of paper, or as reminders of standing conditions in the game. There may even be crude variables by way of things like dice or damage counters.

Video games can have story or pretty much focus entirely on gameplay mechanics. Information is most certainly stored and recalled. Variables are constantly coming into play, and highly mathematical trajectories, physics, calculations, and other sorts of things can be controlled with computers and coding. You simply can't keep track of many of these things on pen and paper, not reasonably.

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#21 PutASpongeOn
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@Ovirew said:

When you look at books, board games/card games, and then video games, you can see the minor increments making one different from the last.

With books, usually the reader is just following a story and forming thoughts and opinions about the characters and worlds and conflicts within them. There is no interaction or gameplay, and all of the visuals are pretty much in your imagination, save for the cover.

With board games and card games, there is no story usually. But there are rules. And sometimes information is stored, either as scores on a piece of paper, or as reminders of standing conditions in the game. There may even be crude variables by way of things like dice or damage counters.

Video games can have story or pretty much focus entirely on gameplay mechanics. Information is most certainly stored and recalled. Variables are constantly coming into play, and highly mathematical trajectories, physics, calculations, and other sorts of things can be controlled with computers and coding. You simply can't keep track of many of these things on pen and paper, not reasonably.

You're not playing the right type of card games/board games then, nerd out with some friends with some tabletop rpg and more interesting tabletop games.

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#22 Jacanuk
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Ok.

If you like books fine.

I personally enjoy both video games and books

And i'm quite happy that i have multiple sources of entertainment.

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#23 RicanV  Moderator
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My favorite part of this was the poll which wasn't needed.

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#24 j2zon2591
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All of the above.