To gamers young and old
For the past few years, games seem to have come to the forefront of the public media. With it, games have come into intense scrutiny from many facets of society. Whether it be for its truly alien qualities, because it is so new and uncharted, or because it really pushes the boundaries of our societies (we cannot yet say that the nature of games have been truly explored, games that have been made today still struggle to define their identity with money making products like madden of truly artistic pieces like ICO). The society that we live in has only been exposed to gaming through mainstream media for the past decade (in my opinion). Even then, there are very few people who have delved into what games truly are. What I am trying to state is that games and gamers have not been understood (and yes, everyone has been stating this). What have been shown in the mainstream media till now have been the darker parts of gaming (columbine, hot coffee). One example of this is the manner in which games are rated. The ESRB rates their games by procuring a videotape that is “showing the most extreme content and an accurate representation of the context and product as a whole”. In my experience as a gamer, I have never felt any attachment with a game by just watching a trailer or ever a showcase of what the product can be. A game maybe violent and even I context may be unexplainable, but there are aspects of a game that are more important to them. The love and understanding of a game comes from the toils that you put into finishing it, or the boss battles that you are involved in. In my opinion a maturity of a game is not decided through the vulgarities that are contained in it, but how it affects the player (a child will not understand the depiction of society in GTA or the cold war era fears prevalent in MSG). But I am straying away from my true reasoning behind this post (it kind of late here and I am tired), what I am trying to say is that we aren’t actively involved in showing off the beauty of games, rather we are too busy trying to cover up our blemishes (ie. Hot coffee, so GTA has it, so what, all adults have sex and the game is for 18 and above). Ask any one in the streets or wherever (go ask Senator Hillary Clinton, or Jack Thompson) whether there is any artistic or moral substance in games and they will stare blindly at you and say that games are fro children and that they are only for entertainment. The recent interview with Jack Thompson on chatterbox (http://www.chatterboxgameshow.com/jack.htm) was an start, but the interview felt as if it was there for Jack to voice his opinions (I am not dissing chatterbox in any way, but I really didn’t see any strength in the Alon’s ,the interviewer, responses). I truly hope that people see the depth that games hold. Whether this post has just repeated what other have said or has helped anyone in any way I don’t know, but this is my opinion.
P.S. Please play Ace Combat 4 and tell me that the story and narration in that game is nothing short of genius.