Eight myths against Games proved wrong

August 13, 2006 at 1:11 pm (Games)

Henry Jenkins, who is the director of comparative studies at MIT has conducted a research on Games and myths about them like the message and violence that is target for young audience. And he Debunks eight of those biggest myths, Proving that games are just an excuse used by others who ignored their responsibilities.

  • MarryPoppinsGTAThe myths are about “Youth violence” and article proves by study that 90% of boys play games, then all 90% of these boys should be criminals by now. The fact is that its not the games but lack of good quality life that makes few of them criminals.
  • One myth is accusation of marketing violent games to kids. But 66 percent of the PC games market is rated for age 18 or older. The game industry caters to adult tastes.
    Its basically the fault of parents who consider that all games are for kids and buy such games for them, if they adhere to proper guidance provided on the age sticker of the cover then there would be no problem. Problem is not availability of violent stuff, but considering them “kiddish”, by the parents.
  • Regarding the myth of Games as a medium of expression, he quotes “The Sims” designer “Will Wright” who argues that games are perhaps the only medium that allows us to experience guilt over the actions of fictional characters handled by us.
  • And ofcourse my favorite myth is that “Games Isolate people from society”. This is proved worn by the fact that almost 60 percent of frequent gamers play with friends. Thirty-three percent play with siblings and 25 percent play with spouses or parents. Two players may be fighting to death on screen and growing closer as friends off screen.

Well there are many others a total of 8, proven in detail, I just gave few excerpts from the complete article. I do have to agree Games are no Marry Poppins but they aren’t half as bad as other rival media has made them, just to get their share of profits back.

Read the complete article @ PBS


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