Books vs. Video Games: Is one better than the other?

Books vs. Video Games: Is one better than the other?

Are books inherently better than videogames? Of course, I don’t think so, but allow me a few minutes to talk about why.

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/olgakhazan/2011/09/12/is-listening-to-audio-books-really-the-same-as-reading/
Lisa Zunshine’s Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003YJEXC0/
Why Does Fiction Work (Theory of Mind video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfk2MQrAtDY
https://digitalpublishing2015.wordpress.com/2015/01/11/the-future-for-audiobooks/

Global Audiobook Trends for 2015


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34 Comments

  1. ImTheEXE 172 on April 27, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    Videogames win! I LOVE SONIC!!!

  2. Shimohira Reika on April 27, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    Book Book Book Book

  3. Dan on April 27, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    I don’t think there is really a debate on whether one medium is better than another. They each have strengths and weaknesses. I guess you did this to explain to your viewers why the transition happened, but i wouldn’t feel the need to justify said transition, its what you want to do.

  4. SuperMarioPro on April 27, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    Video Games
    Say: VG

    Books:
    Say: B

  5. ali tariq on April 27, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    NYC video man . I’m a gamer really wana make gaming channel. But I know book reading is great 2 🙂

  6. Samantha Bunch on April 27, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    I happen to love video games, so the evolution of your channel was no problem for me. However, as an avid reader and writer I especially enjoy/miss your musings on what you were reading and your own personal experiences as a writer. I read Stranger Will about a year ago by the way, I really enjoyed it! 🙂

  7. Adrian A. on April 27, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    This works out great, because I’m a huge fan of video games (how I was introduced to your channel a couple days ago) and I’m a casual reader as well. I’m attempting to write also (~65 pages into my first novel… long ways to go), so the content of your channel hits all the right notes! I see that you’re an author as well as a big reader, so I’ll be watching some of your older videos for some direction.
    When it comes to video games vs books, they’re just two different mediums of art. It’s sort of like saying "what’s better, paintings of photography?". Each medium has its own charm to both the artist and the audience.
    With books, I believe you’re forced to use more of your imagination to picture things that are described in words, so your interpretation of what a setting or a character looks like may be completely different than someone else’s. I think that’s a really cool thing.
    Video games on the other hand, are more like movies, where everything is already materialized for you, except they also have the touch that makes them special: the interactive experience. You’re not just reading, or watching, or learning about a world and its characters. For a moment, you become the characters, you visit those worlds, and you even make decisions yourself.

  8. abookeveryotherday on April 27, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    You STILL haven’t finished Infinite Jest. FOR SHAME. SHAME!

    But about video games, I would definitely agree that they are certainly a valid medium for which elements of art and well crafted narrative can be conveyed through. I never personally thought that books inherently held the monopoly on quality narrative or information. Like it always irked me when people gave the impression that because something was read from a book that it made that information or act of getting that information somehow superior than reading it off of a screen or watching it. My favorite book was something that was first on the internet (House of Leave not Fifty Shades of Creepy).

    Plus I am incredibly excited for the Last Guardian. I’ve been waiting for literally a decade.

  9. Nigel Mayo on April 27, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    It’s all starting to make sense now. lol. Bloodborne look awesome but sadly I’m prone to vid-rage which is much like roid-rage, where slight frustration such as a boss character smashing my head in over and over again causes me to act irrationally and enact that same violence on the console. Replacement console can get a bit expensive, so I’ll check out you play through–less stress that way. Lol, keep em’ coming. Good video

  10. PlayStation fan 999 on April 27, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    I like books books are amazing but Of course video game is the mvp

  11. RM Productions on April 27, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    ppl obviously know that most ppl will pick video games over books

  12. ZHR 990 on April 27, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    I want books that i study. not play.

  13. Gordon Highland on April 27, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    Theater Guy is really good at holding back sneezes. Also, please "read" my audiobook, Major Inversions. Thank you, and game on.

  14. RK Belmont on April 27, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    I love both. Reading and playing are my main entertainment when I’m alone at home. Never watch movies or series, don’t hav Netflix or anything like that, just watch when it’s with friends or family

  15. DexterF on April 27, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    I think that video games are much better, there are infinite possibilities, and your story in a video game will be different story every time, weather its call of duty, fortnite, Minecraft, you name it. But books just stay the same. You also get to socialize with people over video games and meet different people

  16. angeles2425 on April 27, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    One is clearly still time and the other is clearly real time. Big dif imo. Movies vs Books is closer to be a fair match.

  17. Giancarlo Tubal on April 27, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    I do both gaming and reading. I only play video games that doesn’t need too much effort so that i still have time to read ❤️

  18. RM Productions on April 27, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    i dont read books lmao

  19. high crypt keeper dragon on April 27, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    definitely games. they are just more entertaining than books and books don’t have a proper explanation so go for games.

  20. Elisabetta Diac on April 27, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    I love books, but games like Portal, Undertale, When The Darkness Comes, Uncharted, The Last of Us (and many more) have had a greater impact on my life than ANY book I have ever read (and I have read a lot). My personal opinion is that video games allow you waaay more creative freedom than books because of the visual aspect, but they are way more immersive than movies (and for most of them you actually have to think more than when you are reading a book). At the end of the day they are both great mediums and it should all come down to personal preference. (And remember than we can’t compare CSGO to Shakespeare or The Last of us to Fifty Shades of Gray just to suit our point, there are bad books and bad games, but we ain’t talking about them now)

  21. Salman J-B on April 27, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    video games off coarse

  22. Jose Peguero on April 27, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    GO VIDEO GAMES BOO BOOKS

  23. badreedine Djellali on April 27, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    don’t forget video games have action and boss fghites and world to explore

  24. Divya Vyas on April 27, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    I love video games, but I love reading books. There’s just something so good about imagining the whole thing in your mind and having the whole thing play out in correspondence to the words. I know most people nowadays think they are boring, but I love them.

  25. KingKodiakBear on April 27, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    Very professional video

  26. Jimma Abajifar on April 27, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    VG VG VG VG (VIDEO GAMES)

  27. Generalfeldmarschall Polycrase on April 27, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    When I read Book: History, Weapon Making, and Politics

    When I Play games: Strategy, City Planning, Spacecraft Building

    *Both are Improving my knowledge*

  28. Sumera Kamran on April 27, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    Video games sre better

  29. Xen The Jackal on April 27, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    I miss the days when games came with a nice, thick instruction manual. I used to sit there and breakfasts reading them and forgetting the food right in front of me

  30. Luke Detering on April 27, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    Personally, what I think the key advantage video games have over books is the interactiveness.

    Books just don’t do it for me. Everytime I read a novel, I just get bored and don’t feel the emotional impact that a book is trying to convey. Meanwhile, in Video Games, I’m in control and I feel the consequences of my choices. Not to mention the plethora of multiplayer games that lead to some great memories with family and friends.

    I don’t have a problem at all if someone thinks different from me and I respect novels as a medium, but it isn’t my thing. The only time I have problems with people with book worms are when they act snobby and claim I’m somehow dumb or uncultured because I don’t read for pleasure.

  31. burzum on April 27, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    Playing video games is just for entertainment, books on the other hand, have a lot more to offer. Don’t get me wrong, video games are art, and some of them are just too good. I play a lot of video games but reading is an entirely different concept. It is more than mere entertainment.

  32. Borhan Uddin on April 27, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    I love games

  33. the dead guy on April 27, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    if you want to be smarter study a lot doesnt matter if you play games or read

  34. Brandon Govreau on April 27, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    Does this sound like a good idea interactive books where you can change the story by inserting a character that does things in the story and a artificial intelligence in the book reacts and tries to figure out what to do next there’s a bunch of different artificial intelligence within every character in the book you can do anything your imagination can do in the interactive book the whole lot of artificial intelligence in the book makes image pages to describe what’s happening in the words in the fictional story or a fictional retelling of a true story

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