At this point “art games” have become the butt of several jokes. Gamers have taken the piss out of these games for having incredibly basic art and gameplay that is obfuscated under the pretension of deeply symbolic story. It’s easy to dismiss these gamers as childish and immature, but there is some truth to their words. No game represents this better than Contrast, an “art game” through and through that has an incredible amount of heart and a touching story, but gameplay that falls far behind its indie-game contemporaries.
One of the newly announced indie titles at E3 2013 was Contrast, a simple platformer with an incredible emotional weight. While everyone else was shooting terrorists or slashing away at demons, I was experiencing one of the most incredible artistic expressions ever seen in a platformer video game.