What is Prog Gaming?
“Welcome back, my friendsEmerson, Lake and Palmer
To the show that never ends”
For many, switching on a video game is no more than a source of quick entertainment. However, the evolution of games from the early days of 8-bit graphics and sound to the current world of rich, 3D environments, complete with orchestral scores, has paved the way for a respected form of art.
The umbrella term Progressive (or Prog) Gaming loosely covers tags such as exploration, atmospheric, immersive, adventure, story-rich, artistic, puzzles, walking simulator and indie, usually favoring non-violent games (although this is not always a prerequisite) where the focus is on something deeper; a yearning for experiencing a journey into the unknown.
The term was first coined by me and my good friend Chris Myhill, who share a love of all things Prog Rock. We saw many of the similar themes and ideals of this musical genre reflected in such games. What started out as a tongue-in-cheek method of describing them soon entered our own lexicon.
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