Perhaps it is due to the media itself, games in the past have and to this day can achieve in even better fidelity between novel and movie. They could be so much more than what they currnetly are but there is no market for it because much the population still believes that games should be things for 'kids'..which is why we openly have war games and GTA.
Imagine a world where video games are used for more than the soul purpose entertainment that we know them as, imagine Heavy Rain, expanding to graphic novels of the past or future, you read through the story but you also play through it. Now imagine video games used as training tools, this already exists in simulations but again it could be more...and perhaps even education, kids love to play video games so why not make ones tailored to education that don't have the silly childlike asthetic or tutorial method. You could turn these into shooters, puzzle games, platformers, adventures..the possibilities COULD be endless.
Imagine a new video game store, one where you have rows upon rows of video games that span beyond the typical shooter or racer, interactive books of all kinds, video games as it were..could span to far many more things, hell just look at casual games, they are doing an excellent job with themselves so why can't the same concept be taken in 'video games'?
The problem is that while people, especially critics love to plob on about how games are art, they are also ready to shoot down games trying to bridge out that could in future tighten the gap.
It is a shame because video games could be used in far more ways, education is a great example, not necessarily fully replacing books but pending on how the medium is used, it could be a good and more cost efficient alternative, it is also possible that students would WANT to play it and therefore want to learn, even if they are subconciously learning.
Electronic media has been proven to work, just think back to the days when you went to those simple classes and played games where by solving math problems you achieved a higher score and got to the next level, the brain was learning and taking in the lessons of math while the will to strive for success was there..you may have actually looked forward to playing so you could get a higher score, all while you were still learning.
well this could be neat http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news...orm-in-the-USA