for one. I love Dragon Ball Z and cant wait till Bandai gets the license for the franchise like its supposed to in 2008 so theres a DBZ game on the PS3 =]
How can you say it isnt art? Every character is sculpted then re-sculpted into a program then slowly modeled into a full moving creature. Textures are created in photoshop. The music for the game is written and specifically tuned to that part of the game.
Honestly I really dont understand why adults avoid games like God of War or Final Fantasy in which have story lines that are enjoyable to follow through with and see what happens. Games like Wii Play are basically like board games, no real depth to it. It can be fun to play but after a while you realize nothing else will happen. Oh wait you can unlock a diamond ball. After that theres really nothing to do. The main reason why the Wii is so popular is because like DDR you are forced to move your body and lose wait and unfortunately theres so many people who are to lazy to just eat less and go to a gym think its the greatest diet thing there is and the media basically made it so thats what most people think the greatest part of it is. My friend's grandma bought herself a Wii, why? just for Wii Sports. Why? because it lets her work out. Does she plan on buying any more games? no, not even Wii Play. How many more people around the world are there that has the same mindset? who knows, probably quite a bit since for how many consoles have been sold software sales are lower then they should be.
Oh, I'm not saying you can't like these things, I'm just saying they're not great art. It's entertainment. For example, Dragon Ball Z is GREAT entertainment -- it's just not art, in my book.
But that's just my definition, and I think we're talking about different things: I'm talking about a cerebral experience, you're just talking about things that are pretty, or realistic. By that definition, obviously the PS3 is superior. Some of the games you're talking about are very well drawn, I wouldn't argue that at all.
But I'm talking about high art: great literature, great film, Renessaince painting (which you used as an example) and so forth. These are things with either complex plot, adult dialogue, or sophisticated intellectual theme and meaning. THAT is what I want, and what has always lacked in video games.
The reason why God of War and Final Fantasy are avoided by adults is because their plots are perceived as silly and/or shallow. I mean, honestly -- it's a guy with giant blades that goes around and kills everything he sees.
If you don't feel the same way, that's fine! Again, I'm not suggesting that you should feel the same way I do. I'm GUESSING I'm older than you -- I'm 25 -- and I can say that I probably had the exact same preferences you do now when I was 19 or 20 (my favorite game, by far, was Goldeneye at that time). What I can say is I thought God of War type stuff was "deep" back then... and now I definitely do not.
Again, not saying you have to like what I do, SSJ. I'm just giving my personal preferences. I used to like Pokemon-style games a lot, and now I feel they don't target me either. I'm also not saying that graphics are COMPLETELY unimportant; if I could have a system that attracted adults AND had the graphics of a PS3, I'd totally be there, but there isn't one (yet), and I pick adult-oriented games over great graphics. Maybe the PS4 will be more ready for adult gaming -- and I think it will be, because Sony is smart and they know how to adapt.