I consider art, the religion for the non-religious. The idea that someone would sacrifice so much and get so little in return, is often the basis for many religions. That is also the prinicipal of many games. That you spend your time enjoying something but with a since of pain because of difficulty or because it isn't what you expected.
With this also comes inturpretations of art that may not have been intended. Many of us can look at one scene of Final Fantasy VII, Ariel's death, and be torn into pieces about what just transpired. Other's see the same scene and wonder if it was a take on the loss of innocence at the hands of the corporate world. Some would just tell you it's another dead bitch and move on.
What bothers me, is when people don't bother to look beyond the surface of anything. In religion, this is called blind faith. In gaming, this is called being a fanboy. Now, don't get being a fan confused with being a fanboy. It's as different as being a believer and a zealot.
A fan appreciates the art without dressing like Mario and fucking his Princess Peach pillow. A fanboy, is about three steps away from wearing a skin suit and talking to his dead mom. The same is with believer and zealot. A believer, has a trust in his fath but doesn't wake up in the morning, put on a crown of thorns, and flails the flesh off his back.
I think it's time for a reformation in gaming. I mean a true over throw of what we have been told the art is. Yeah, fuck Mario at this point. You can make an E Rated game that isn't an over comercialized marketing mechanism. They can also start by giving some of the creators who helped build their empires due royalties. Just saying, programmers don't take a vow of poverty when they sign up for this gig.
I know sacrifice is a part of art but some have sacrificed to much and have gotten little in return. If your a true fan, then you understand that the creator of Mario has never received one dime in royalities for the multi-billion dollar franchise. If he was an indie creator, he may have had his own company by now and we wouldn't be talking about Nintendo. It's just odd what we worship in gaming, and who we don't.