You have recognize them with artware
as a separate branch. I knwe psyfal was dead on with this word
I was going to react about the argument on comfort but the last point you made calm me down. Discomfort is pretty important in rt as a mechanism to push thought and encourage thinking, there is a real psychological mechanism in action we take advantage off. Discomfort put people in action with imbalance. Generally thread that doesn't end (like this one) deal with some discomfort, if we were to nod in agreement there would be no discussion and the thread would die. Discomfort raise awareness and focus on a matter. That's also how story work too, they start with a discomfort and finish with a resolution. But (some) art want you to think they have the discomfort and leave with with the resolution.
you make reference from is entertainment
they transport you and reassure you, they makes escape and bring you back to reality safely, their non threatening, they reinforce your way of thinking and your view on the world. For some it mean that it sedates you. Not everyone can stop at entertainment (which can be art, ask hitchcock) like no one can stop at art as discomfort, and the path is entirely about discomfort
and disempowerment, they took what make game and put a reverse spin on it. But i get there will be a time were we would not feel threaten by them anymore, when they will become common and casual, a part of our identity without clashing.
And i don't think bringing absolute fun is less pretentious than simply bringing meaning, any serious non gamer would scold you into growing up. The fact we are a bunch of like minded people passionate by their stuff does not make us more right than any other people. We are all right and true to our axiom.
It's different and we are afraid to change while claiming the contrary.