Student Op-Eds Defend Games

September 9, 2010 -

Ah, the great divide. As some members of the older, out-of-touch populace, who grew up with Model T’s and still view the toaster as a pinnacle of achievement in technology, continue to disparage videogames, the younger generation persists in getting the back of the medium, as evidenced by a pair of college newspaper op-eds.

A piece running in The Gateway, the student newspaper of the University of Alberta, discusses the Schwarzenegger vs EMA case currently in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. The no-holds barred article lambastes “states that have seemingly nothing better to do with their time,” before stating, “enough with the “'save the children' bullshit, already.”

After opining that a go-ahead given to the California law by SCOTUS could lead to mature games being placed alongside content like “Naughty Nurses 17” at retail, author Jordan Ching wrote:

Lumping games into this category creates larger problems for the gaming industry as a whole — if Wal-Mart and Best Buy don’t carry porn, they definitely won’t carry video games deemed obscene by the government. This is a huge issue as games become increasingly expensive to make, and developers and publishers try to reach as wide a market as possible.

A similar piece appearing in the Harvard Crimson argues that the general public needs to stop “terrorizing” videogames. An excerpt:

Like novels, video games tell a story of an alternate reality, where the reader or player can escape to for a few hours at a time. Games with lots of violence, sex, or otherwise objectionable content would not be sold if nobody wanted to buy them, and if one doesn’t want to be subjected to its content they can simply not play those games.

If parents are concerned, they should more closely monitor the games that their children play.


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Re: Student Op-Eds Defend Games

"As some members of the older, out-of-touch populace, who grew up with Model T’s and still view the toaster as a pinnacle of achievement in technology,"

Considering GM is working on accessing Facebook while you drive I honestly wish for the return of the Model T.  And my toaster over does most of the work that a big over can so :P to your failed attempts at comedy. 

 At any rate the funny part about the older, out-of-touch populace, is that they will eventually die due to old age and this stupidity will end. 

Re: Student Op-Eds Defend Games

Facebook while you drive. Yeah, THAT won't lead to disaster.

Re: Student Op-Eds Defend Games

Although the new generation too often simply replaces it with new stupidity.  Penny dreadfuls lead to dime novels lead to jazz lead to comic books lead to Elvis Presley and the Beatles lead to TV lead to Dungeons and Dragons lead to Harry Potter leads to video games.  Somewhere...we've got to stop this stupid cycle.

Just because we do not value a particular art form does not mean it is without value.

And just because something is offensive does not mean it causes harm (otherwise I'd lobby for the banning of country music myself). 

Re: Student Op-Eds Defend Games

HEY!

Video games have been getting heat long before Harry Potter was ever created.

The next major evil will be *rolls a 20 sided die* muffins.

"

Re: Student Op-Eds Defend Games

Evil evil wheat bran muffins!!! THINK OF THE COLON!!!

Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Re: Student Op-Eds Defend Games

Which is ironic, because I've been saying the exact same thing for years.

 

Re: Student Op-Eds Defend Games

That's not ironic.  That's just what happened.

 
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