Fun archaic English trivia: did you know that ‘wherefore” means “why,” not “where”? Probably you did, because you read GameSpite and are therefore possessed of a keen and piercing intellect! But please do not walk around saying things like, “Wherefore did I put my car keys?” because that would make you sound like a silly person indeed. Shakespearean-era people would seriously be laughing at you.
Meanwhile, in answer to the question posed by the title of this entry…well, wherefore not?
The conversation surrounding the game Braid has probably garnered more press time and discussion than the game itself. Alas, author legeek has avoided this obvious trap, so you will have to settle for a critique of Braid rather than an another screed on whether or not games can be art (and whether or not the posturing of a game’s creator can undermine the merits of said game).
You know how I used to do comic-style reviews on occasion? Well, Loki (of Nintendo Super Squad fame) just laughed and said, “Was it comics? I will show you how!” before unleashing a torrent of awesome upon the world. In the process, he also gave a pretty good critique of an obscure Game Boy puzzler. Rad.
Streets of Rage
And finally, at the other extreme of all this artsiness is a simple, straightforward tribute to the game that perfected one of the simplest and most straightforward genres ever: the king of beat-em-ups, Streets of Rage.