Prez wrote on Oct 17, 2014, 03:06:
...but how many times do outsiders who criticize gaming do so out of ignorance because they never took the time to learn about them and the culture? Fox News anyone?
Being an "outsider" and attacking a hobby or media will rarely go well, whatever the angle of attack, I'll give you that. I remember how J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) wrote that the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America nonprofit considered TV sci-fi to basically be cheap drivel that wasn't "real writing." Straczynski ended up leaving the organization for several reasons, with their attitude towards TV script writers being one of them.
I was about to stop there, but it occurred to me games are kind of on a similar course. It's a hobby that's becoming more accepted, or at least more prevalent, regardless of someone's narrowly defined definition of entertainment or art. But at the same time, as it grows into a more mainstream phenomena, it is going to invite more scrutiny from different disciplines. We're going to see more analysis of games on a cultural, societal, and artistic premise. And I'm perfectly okay with that.