Video Games: The End of Western Civilization (jk lol)
Jim Nolte of Big Hollywood has already gotten a knock-back from his post about a MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) including the ability to engage in same-sex relationships. I first heard about this from Newsarama.com, some site I'd never heard of before. This is the kind of story that is just asking to get political; and sure enough, towards the bottom of the Newsarama post, the author of the post decides to go on the offensive:
The game has no firm release date, only a release window of “holiday 2011.” It has also already received an ESRB rating of “T for Teen,” meaning the game is recommended for players 13 and older. Neither facts have stopped detractors from crying foul, such as John Nolte on the blog “Big Hollywood,” who starts his post on the subject with "Say goodbye to your child's innocence," and ends with the inaccurate proclamation, "Announcing the gay relationships AFTER the game has been sold is pure bait and switch."
Am I the only one who thinks any kind of in-game relationship is silly? I mean, come on. It's a computer game. Back in the day (when I would play these kinds of games, which was a very sad way to spend time) people would just chat with each other to simulate sex- called "cybering". (Parents, if you're reading this, I didn't do that.)
When a developer decides to put this kind of crap in a game, it doesn't make it any less of a farce. I mean come on. In the words of the man himself, Flavor Flav, "read a book or something." Or, go to a bar. Or go to a gym. Or heck, go on a dating site! At least that's with real people.
I want to be a game designer for my career. The video game industry is a joke- the stories in the "best" games are the caliber of a movie like Transformers or a TV show like Cheers (just kidding). The characters are flat, cookie-cutter caricatures. It's all plot-based baloney. And of course, games look really cool, they are a ton of fun, and tons of people play them (myself very much included). But there's a reason why this is a serious problem.
People my age have no ability to analyze fiction. They think movies like Inception and The Matrix are the height of human expression. Of course, the same could be said about other generations growing up with Hollywood dominating the pop culture scene. But I think it's worse for kids my age- movies don't consume time quite like a videogame does. It's not even close.