One of the more interesting discussions that I would like to highlight is something I think is of critical importance to the development of the games industry and the way we “read” games; it seems that there’s a lot of people out there that believe Minecraft lacks narrative.
I do think the games industry as a whole has a long way to go to realise the true potential for narrative in game form. Games have a unique capability to provide stories and narrative that are not constrained by linear progression, as constrains film, literature and other forms of art and entertainment. This in turn means that games have a unique capability to give us new ways to experience narrative, and through that, new experiences.
Minecraft would not be possible as a film, it’s a narrative that is unique to the games industry. I would love to see more games like it, and fewer that channel Michael Bay.