Thursday, 19 July 2012

We've Come a Long Way

Despite what you may have heard, it's not all doom and gloom, after all.

You know, after the last couple of entries, I think that it's time for something that's more on the affirming side of the scale. I found this entry on Game Politics, and the video I think is a fantastic example of just how far we've actually come:


It really does seem laughable now; looking back at those trials and hearings. We've been living in a world where video games are now one of the predominant forms of entertainment, right there alongside books, music, television, and movies. And yet, it could have been a very different outcome, one that would have seen the industry stifled and the teeth taken out of what would go on to become some of the most groundbreaking franchises such as Grand Theft Auto before they even got off the ground.

Thankfully though, we rode out the storm, and now even if there are issues that we need to work out (believe me, in my eyes we've got a long way yet to go, not that there's anything wrong with that) it's safe to say that we made it. Video games have been accepted, the exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum proves that if nothing else. Hell, even Jack Thompson of all people actually defended a game (Mass Effect for those curious) against pundits that claimed that the game was nothing but sex and sleaze. If that's not a sign that we've made some progress, then I frankly don't know what is.

The future, as always, is never written in stone. This is a moment that might be more in flux than usual as well, what with the potential of a new generation coming down the pipe sooner than later. Still, watching something like that video, even though it's a scant six minutes, reminds me that we could have had it a hell of a lot worse, so it's a good thing that we didn't.

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