Being a fan of video games lately has become a bizarre mirror image of what it was like 10 or 20 years ago. Back then, it was common to have to defend aspects of my hobby from people who didn’t play games or value them as a legitimate form of entertainment. Nowadays, it seems like we have to defend our tastes from other people who proclaim themselves as gamers.
In a marketplace where people are happily enjoying their hobby in record numbers, it seems sometimes that the loudest voices are negative ones. I’d bet gamers complain about their favorite hobby more than other people complain about things they don’t like. That’s not to say video games are above criticism (more on that in a minute). Rather, the issue is that people seem to constantly choose either the wrong targets, or aren’t considering the larger picture. With that in mind, here are some positive things about video games that get way more criticism than they deserve.
Okay, I might be a little bit biased here but please bear with me. It’s a popular pastime for people to proclaim the downfall of ‘games journalism’, or whatever one chooses to call it when people write stuff about video games. Writing about games has exploded in the past decade; there is a ton of daily content out there, from personal blogs to dedicated sites of varying sizes and mandates, and it’s fantastic to see discourse on gaming taken out of the hands of traditional gatekeepers.
This isn’t to say that it’s all great. Indeed, there is a lot of crap to wade through in order to find quality writing, but it’s out there. The wider pool of writing that we all have access to gives you more information about new games, which allows you to spend your money more wisely when preparing to buy a new game or console. Speaking of money….