Dr. Noh’s Tier for Tears
I have never been moved to tears by playing a video game.
I’m neither proud or ashamed of the fact because I feel that inevitably I will, but as far as what I have played, I have never been emotionally affected by a video game to cry. Don’t get me wrong, I have definitely experienced a wide range of emotions while playing video games: anger, frustration, sadness, regret, and happiness are among the most common. I think for me, the answer lies within what has moved me to tears: film and television
Films that have made me cry: Up, Toy Story 3, Cinema Paradiso, and The Wizard of OZ. TV shows that have made me cry: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Glee, The Office, and Lost.
The commonality between all of these is that they are all narrative stories effective at evoking empathy towards their protagonists. The stories in video games have not moved me to the point of tears because I have not felt the sort of emotional attachment to characters as I have in films and television…or commercials.
Has a video game made you cry? What else makes you cry?
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