“You might think games are only played in dark basements by computer addicted geeks but it’s a very big business,” drawls the presenter, repeating a paraphrased opening gambit that’s been rehashed since 1994, with very little change.
I was even involved in one myself.
“Video games were once the domain of super nerds like Mark Serrels,” opened Today Tonight’s segment on ‘Cutting Edge’ games. I wasn’t offended in the slightest, I’ve been called far worse, and it was kinda hilarious to be involved in the matrix of tropes that is mainstream video game reportage.
Today’s Daily Telegraph headline? ‘Video Game Kids Going Crazy?’ That’s part of another trope entirely, a far more insidious type — that of the moral panic, and the ‘we’re losing our kids to this crazy new fangled technology we have no understanding of’ trope. The kind of headline you might expect, and probably not something worth getting worked up, but when it comes to The Telegraph’s irresponsible story in this morning’s edition, I just can’t help myself.
The story itself is hardly cutting-edge news — a handful of parents and Psychiatrists are looking to have “video game addiction” included as a Psychological disorder in the next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Laura Parker from Gamespot did a far better job, reporting on this topic in 2009 — two years ago.
And that’s about the sum of it. I’m not going to go into the ins and outs of The Daily Telegraph’s ‘exclusive’ report on an issue that’s been rumbling since the proposed “video game addiction” disorder was rejected from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual back in 2007 — that would be the very definition of pissing in the wind — but I do have a question to ask…
Dear mainstream media: if you must cover video games, could you please do a better job of it? (Read more in Link)
You play video games? AHAHAH!!! Grown men playing kiddie things!! Go get a job, you nerd!!
That's the media's well thought out and rational response to this. --- Remember: there's a lot of kids on these boards. Logic doesn't always follow. Think back to when you were 13, raging over things you didn't understand
Blame movies, comics, music and games for society's problems. It's easier than admitting the system is failing due to the amount of pressure that is put on everyone these days. --- Today we have 3,000 licensed KISS products, everything from condoms to caskets. We have you coming and going.-Gene Simmons
"Hey media, please be more professional when covering games. Do proper research and don't make crap up."
"Yes, we rated Pokemon Rumble Blast as a no buy based on two guys who didn't play it and one guy who did and said he liked it. But I think that's a fair analysis." --- http://terosclassicgaming.blogspot.com/ - Watch me beat "SNES Battletoads & Double Dragon" http://www.backloggery.com/tero - My backloggery
Stop belittling the message of the article with completely unrelated matters. There's a huge difference between reviewing a game and those who know nothing about the video game industry demonizing it with mistrustful and over exaggerations. --- Remember: there's a lot of kids on these boards. Logic doesn't always follow. Think back to when you were 13, raging over things you didn't understand
Stop belittling the message of the article with completely unrelated matters. There's a huge difference between reviewing a game and those who know nothing about the video game industry demonizing it with mistrustful and over exaggerations.
Not really. Kotaku does all the same things they're accusing the mainstream media of doing (for the same reasons too, to attract attention), just on a slightly smaller scale. --- http://terosclassicgaming.blogspot.com/ - Watch me beat "SNES Battletoads & Double Dragon" http://www.backloggery.com/tero - My backloggery
rofl kotaku, the website that shamelessly promotes things by flooding their site with random "articles" about "games" that actually have little do do about the actual game. --- Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Weep, and you weep alone. The armory of god is guarding me but all you can see is holographic artistry.