@ghoti221: @ghoti221 said:
*scans the thread*
Looking over this thread... wow. Just wow.
My one addition I'd like to add: The issue here isn't Patrick's writing. The issue here is that he's taken a mirror, and thrown it up in front of gaming culture and said "Look."
Now, if you don't like what you see in the mirror, the solution isn't taking the mirror down. The solution is to change what's being reflected.
And if you don't think there's a problem with what's in the mirror, that's fine too. But it's still worthwhile to look. Because, as gamers, if we ever want to be accepted by the mainstream -- if we want video games to be accepted as a valid entertainment choice as readily as choosing to play Scrabble or watch TV -- then we, as gamers, have to consider how the mainstream looks at us, or would look at us. That's what these articles do. That makes the exercise worthwhile.
And if you don't want to think that hard - don't read the articles. Last time I checked, silly gifs and podcasts and videos were still being posted. If you truly just want to have fun, go right ahead, and God bless. It's a valid choice. I just think it's just as valid dealing with the serious stuff too.
This is a really good post. The problem though is that gamers have to start shaping their whole attitude towards anything but games. Some of them seem to think that games just exist in the basement and thats where they stay. Well no fellas, wake up and smell the ashes. The industry is broadening and expanding to other demographics, beyond this tired and ageing geek culture. Its just amazing that for all the talk about games as art, and the people who were flamed in that debate, that an industry refuses to examine its own image. Isn't that the essence of art?