across a brief mention of this new GamePolitics
Web site in an article on Gamespot
today and I found it very interesting. The politics of games, especially with
reference to the age-old vices of violence and sex, has often been a contentious
place. This Jack Thompson clown who has been in the news lately is just the
latest charlatan huckster to inflict himself onto the scene.
Perhaps a place,
even if it is virtual, where intelligent conversation about games and their
social and political impact can possibly take place is a positive step. I've
been playing video games since the late 70s, and there has always been a
certain amount of controversy surrounding my favorite hobby, but the small size
of the gaming population in those early days meant that the debates went
largely unnoticed by the general public. Gaming was still a "geek"
gaming is big business with billions of dollars being exchangedpoliticians can't
help but get involved. I have always thought that all the hype over violence corrupting
the youth, whether it was the Three Stooges, Bugs Bunny, Rock and Roll, or
Grand Theft Auto, was really just a red herring for what is essentially the
normal generational conflicts. Some things never change.
Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.