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Serious fun: how video games grew up—and became an art form to rival Hollywood

From the runaway success of Fortnite to thoughtful creations like Papers, please, video games are more in the spotlight than ever. Is the medium finally having its “Citizen Kane moment"?

By Tim Martin   December 2018

A billboard for the Rockstar Games' "Red Dead Redemption II" in New York. Photo: PA

On a chilly September morning outside the vast, aircraft-hangar-like space of the Birmingham NEC, a long queue—mostly cheerful, mostly white, mostly male—curls back and forth outside the building, chatting and playing Nintendo Switch as a couple of women check them for knives and guns.

“You must not be carrying sharp metallic blades,” a sign reads, “or anything that can fire a projectile such as BB guns. Props or weapons may be retained by our…

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