>>13050>Other than maybe shonen anime and similar stories you don't really see the empowerment fantasy operating to the same extent as in "video-gamey" video games. And even there it's not an interactive medium that requires the player's input to advance and further tricks them into feeling powerful (when it's really just a ride that's already laid out for them to experience).
Okay, well. I'm watching Better Call Saul at the moment. Part of the appeal is obviously the allure of being a hustler, being a scammer, getting one over on the man, and so on. It's wish fulfilment. And before that, I watched Breaking Bad, so again, it's about the money, being a secret badass, being powerful and important. Of course you are watching the characters not literally playing as them but the point is that you identify with them and their struggles and you project on them. Most movies and TV shows have some kind of similar aspect where you're going along with someone in their cool job/lifestyle (ie being a cop, being a vampire, being a wealthy socialite).