Gaming as Culture: In Touch with Our Roots

May 12, 2010

Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what gamer culture really is. We hear the phrase tossed around a lot and to many it conjures basic images of nerdy stuff and people enjoying it. Lately, in the face of certain cultural critics claiming that video games cannot be art, many voices were raised in defense of video games. This choir of support is indicative that as a community, gamers have begun to band together on a larger scale than perhaps was previously apparent. Conventions like PAX come to mind when I consider this development. PAX, more than any other electronics gathering I have attended, is not about marketing new products, but rather celebrating games as culture. To me, this means two important developments are occurring. 1. The video game community is growing in size. 2. The video game community is ageing.

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