Video games have been around for less than a century. They are the newest generation of entertainment media, slowly attempting to earn acknowledgement and acceptance alike to its predecessors. As it has been for these former contenders, the road is a bumpy one. Video games have had it rough as the general public refused to look it in the eye, dismissing it as a child’s plaything – until recently.
As more people begun to adopt the new media, Video Gaming begins its pilgrimage to the grand realization of its vindication; to become mainstream.
But the obstacles still stands; the trial is still on going for Video Games.
More people than ever are taking note of this new rising media. It is coming under heavy fire by various publications and concerned parents, meanwhile being the target of affection and black-hole of time for many teenagers and young adults. The camera has never been more focused on this upsurge as people thirsted for knowledge of this new media, or perhaps to re-affirm their beliefs. Vigilant parents and myriads of educated individuals encumbered themselves to deliver the banhammer, in the spirit of protecting their young and securing the productivity of their country, arming themselves with studies that desecrated the name of video games.
This movement, however, is not unmatched. Unsurprisingly, gamers have sprung up from their couch and fancy battlestations to protest. It is tempting – intuitive, even, to shield video games from this puritanical hellfire. Especially when you have adopted video games as an essential component of your day to day life.
The staunch believers of video gaming began to band together, demanding for better sources of anecdotal evidence and re-examination of less supportive scientific papers. We start to criticize our straitlaced, prudish contenders for their asinine standards, principles and beliefs. Today, whenever the media broadcasts any apparent negativity towards video games, a few of our less civil zealots go on to massively vocalise against such tabloid drivel, usually employing disparaging remarks.
Thankfully, such behavior is frowned upon and clamped down in the gaming community, so much that the offenders know that they are the fringe.
A significant amount of the counter-arguments are now profanity-free, less boorish and more coherent. While many of these arguments put forth are parroting popular pro-gaming opinions, the logic flows; maybe not smoothly, but acceptedly sensible and reasonable. For once, it seems that we are at an equal standing with the anti-gaming community.
No Cause For Celebration
In our desire to evangelise video gaming, the need is met by frantically grasping at any argument or anecdotal evidence that seem useful in proving that games are useful. Not to say everyone does it, but it’s what usually comes forth first for any for-gaming argumentation.
It is tempting to. After decades of the mainstream media and our parents denouncing video games , after all this time, developers and players would want to believe that this hobby that we’ve devoted ourselves to is good.
Alike the politicians and vigilant parents that use a single clinical trial to condemn video games, the affected gamers use a single piece of neuroscience journal entry to advocate the goodness of video gaming.
This is an amateur, wanna-be videogame journalist’s blog. I play tons of games – my life is centered around video gaming. I do wish to one day witness video gaming being treated as a proper artform and healthy hobby, the dissolution of the video gamer stereotype and the acceptance of women gaming in our community.
Uncritical observation and idle speculation is unhelpful, and only benefits the status quo. If we continue to adopt a blinkered attitude towards our cause and negating all criticism, not to mention any grain of contemplation is met with perfunctory answers.
This article isn’t meant to say that games cannot bring about positive change – of course it can! But the uncritically optimistic outlook adopted by many is a key concern and an obstacle for paving the path of video gaming. Dare to ask questions about articles on video gaming, be skeptical and modestly cynical.