Trailing off of the ongoing 'Games as Art' debate, many of us more fatigued argumentors have dismissed the matter, in essence saying, 'Games will one day receive mainstream acceptance, in the same way film and music have long ago.'
But what if that didn't quite happen? What if gaming, despite being a family-friendly activity with a pristine reputation for emphasizing fun, and not necessarily gore, somehow never received the societal acceptance it so widely deserved?
Accordingly, there are already industries formed around activities that have been affected by their lack of general acceptance. Look at the only sport popularized by none other than Tony Hawk.
Yep, you guessed it, skateboarding. What else might this article be about?
Why does this matter, you ask? Well if video games aren't accepted in society, they will continue to withstand progressively more thrashing from the mainstream media and the court rooms around the world alike. Knowing this, our medium is potentially in danger, and could be taken off of the shelves just as easily as it was put there.
Now what I fear is for what happened to skateboarding to then happen to our beloved medium.
5. Mai 2010