Story structure: it's not just for movies anymore

The idea isn’t new, but the phrasing is clear and effective.  Todd Alcott:

Just as movies began as novelties shown before “real” entertainment, or
as nickel entertainments in amusement arcades, well, that describes the
early days of gaming as well. Movies went from Train Arriving at a Station to The Great Train Robbery in twelve years and from the 15-minute Great Train Robbery to the maximum-opus Birth of a Nation in seven. Gaming started with Pong and Pac-Man in the 70s and got to Doom in the 90s, then Half-Life a mere four years later. If Half-Life is the Birth of a Nation, that means that the Gone With the Wind of gaming is still in our future, and the Godfather of gaming as well.