Regarding Uncharted: Jonathan, you now understand how I feel about Mass Effect.
Alex, I have something for you: Yu-Gi-Oh The Abridged Series
. It starts out rough, like all amateur work, but it improves fast. Just a little look at where your card game came from.
Movies, Novels, etc. were once a new, never-before-seen media, true. They were also treated as the evil that is corrupting the youth, denounced as inferior and not true art, and generally treated in a similar fashion to video games now. It's a cycle, it'll end. They'll be accepted. You just have to ride it out, and do what you can to be a good example of someone not corrupted by the horrors of video games. Someone's got to make up for me.
I didn't give two shits about Postal 2. But now I want to run around peeing on things. ... I should never have listened to the Trapcast. Damn it.
What you do in between plot points as fanfic ... I've never thought of it in precisely those terms, but I've held a pretty similar opinion. The incredibly stupid skydiving bullshit I constantly did in GTA: San Andreas wasn't part of the story, it doesn't count as part of the speech. It was me playing out a fanfic where CJ was a really stupid extreme sports junkie. Also, it was a blast.
Alex, your Postal story is awesome, and you are awesome.
Can/should the government limit access to the sort of things in your story? No. Parents should be doing what they can to rein that stuff in, and that includes choosing what games are and aren't appropriate for their child. ...Poorly, but at least they should make an attempt. Likewise, responsible parents should be taking interest in their childrens' writing, to encourage creativity and try to sidetrack crazy fucked up shit. Again, they'll never really quite pull it off, but that's a whooole other topic. Parental responsibility is what it really boils down to, IMAO.
The ESRB mace story should sound horrible. It should sound awful. Instead, it kind of sounds awesome. Also, the proper end result of the kid loaning his friend a copy of MW2 is the first kid getting maced, obviously.
Name that Game:
2005 TPS XBox: Before any sentences, I say Gunvalkyrie. And I'm wrong. Finally!
2000 Fighting PS2: .... Bloody Roar? Hm. Three sentences ... Virtua Fighter 2? Nope. Damn. Stupid DOA.
2002 RPG PS2: Race to the finish. One of the Suikodens? Suikoden ... 3? Yeah, Suikoden 3. As soon as I got 108 stars, I was sure. I've never gotten around to playing a Suikoden either.
2000 TPS PS2: Oooh. That's tasty. Red Faction is an FPS, not TPS. Armored Core 3? Damn it! So close!
1992 RPG SNES: Now we're talking. Arcana? No... yes? Hmm. Eh, it's all i've got. WOO!
Now that's more what I'm talking about! I want more of those. I love the sound of other people suffering.