video game culture

20 Apr

Since the beginning of man games have had a very important role in our culture whether training nomadic children how to hunt, or teaching further generations teamwork, games have left an indelible mark on who we are as a people. In civilizations centuries apart and continents away games have shown themselves to be one of the cornerstones of a civilization. As the years pass and civilizations progress games are in a status of evolution and progression almost mirroring the society that created them. The idea of “video game culture” became popularized in recent history because before then being a “gamer” wasn’t a tag you could put on someone. In order for there to be a “culture” there has to be a group of people who embody similar characteristics. The gamer as we know him/her today can be anyone, this label has transcended sex, race, or any other superficial classification. To makes this easier to understand let me explain it like this; In the past the “gamer” was incorporated in the overall term “geek” or “nerd” the pocket protector wearing, no date having, and socially awkward individuals popularized through characters such as, Screech or Steve Urkel. Exactly when this shift in perception happened is unknown but it occurred with the popularity and accessibility of gaming. The act changed from something “weird” kids do to something “cool kids do” video games became attractive, and with this came a need for consumers to have them anywhere they wanted to.  The increased accessibility of gaming has turned video game culture into another part of the American experience, this is increasingly evident with the variety of video games we now have. From the super educational to the training of the senses video games have found their place in our culture because they have devolved in their evolution to the basics of what traditional games do for the human being. They have surpassed the idea of a plumber trying to save a princess to creating a way for one games to be more interactive and two to actually help developmental skills. Because gaming is no longer “simple”, because video games in some respects require as much mental effort than some sports, and the fact that a primal training is going on contributes to not only its growing fan base but its every increasing reach. The fact that no one has to go to an arcade anymore to play video games is because as a society we as consumers have grown to see games and gaming as part of our daily routines.

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