I certainly agree that great stories can emerge from all sorts of games – not just board and video games, but also athletic games, like organized sports. Unscripted drama is often better than scripted drama because the story and ending are unknown to everyone, including the “authors.” I’ve been so invested in tense World Series games that I can’t bear to watch. That’s never true of sports fiction, and rarely true of any film (except horror). Even tonight, watching the Washington Capitals play the Islanders in a low-stakes regular-season game, I pumped my fist with joy when the Caps secured the win with seconds left. Sure, great fiction can elicit powerful emotions, but games have a spring-loaded tension that is unique to the genre.
I’ve played (and enjoyed) 3 of the games on Tom’s list: Old World, Slipways, and Remnants. Now I’m adding 3 others to my Steam wishlist: Midnight Protocol, A-Train, and especially Wildermyth. None is on sale now. I suppose I should learn more about how Humble Bundle works. It looks like a nice way to support charity.