A few years back, I visited the Dutch consulate in San Francisco, where Dutch writer Arnon Grunberg talked about his work and life. His presentation seemed to be unprepared and quite random, which was great, because serendipitous entanglements can lead to fresh insights. That night was no different. He mentioned how one of his colleagues, literary scientist F.W. Korsten, said that games where “the future of literature.” Although the short article he wrote about it back in 2015 suggests the opposite, he was very skeptical about this in San Francisco two years later.
Great article! I think the answer to your question is yes. Back in the early 1900’s books began as serializations and people would go to the store to buy the latest magazine to read their favorite serial story. Literature used to be the main form of entertainment before TV and film. I’d be interested in seeing a statistic of the % of people who play games vs the % of people who read books.
Thanks @limarc2000, I would also love to see those stats.