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"How do you feel about video games?"

Posted at 4:01 PM on March 31, 2008 by Sanden Totten (4 Comments)

Last night I watched The King of Kong. It's a documentary about competitive arcade game players. Most of the serious competitors in the movie were in their 30's, 40's and 50's. In fact, there was one lady gunning for the Q-Bert high score who was in her 80's.

This made me think about how by now, folks who grew up on early video games (think Atari and Nintendo) must be turning into parents. It's only a matter of time until video games are an accepted and mainstream form of entertainment, right?

Maybe not. I found this article written by a video game designer. She says that at parties with folks her own age, almost universally people trash her profession:

"Videogames are addictive, violent and blood-soaked. People just shouldn't let their kids play games."

So she sent an e-mail to 40 of her friends asking one simple question: "How do you feel about video games?" Her inbox filled up with smack talk. 38 out of the 40 said something negative about games.

I guess I was expecting her to get a more nuanced response. But it seems people love to hate on video games. Why? Are people thinking of a study or a specific event that makes them dislike games, or are video games just tagged with negative imagery in the collective mind?

So let me throw this same question at you. What are your feelings about video games? I'm curious to know what images and ideas first pop into your head when you think about them. Try it sort of like a word association game. Post your responses below.

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