Video Games – The New Great American Pastime

The landscape of video gamers is under a significant transformation. What was once regarded as a time-sink solely for kids, has now become one of the most lucrative industries in the entertainment business, at this point surpassing blockbuster movies in revenue. But video games aren’t just for kids anymore. Sophisticated technology in the modern age has made video games into an interactive way to tell stories, and some may even say they have become a form of modern art. Developers, designers, writers, and artists spend years collaborating and making the perfect game. As a sub-genre, video game journalism has become a growing trend as well, with reviews on the newest release of games being just as widely read as gourmet restaurant reviews. Regardless of your stance on video games, whether a fun way to pass the time or an interactive form of art, people have a lot of interesting things to say about this booming industry.

Every age has its storytelling form, and video gaming is a huge part of our culture. You can ignore or embrace video games and imbue them with the best artistic quality. People are enthralled with video games in the same way as other people love the cinema or theatre.
-Andy Serkis

Video games are bad for you? That’s what they said about rock-n-roll.
-Shigeru Miyamoto

Some people say video games rot your brain, but I think they work different muscles that maybe you don’t normally use.
-Ezra Koenig

The video game culture was an important thing to keep alive in the film because we’re in a new era right now. The idea that kids can play video games like Grand Theft Auto or any video game is amazing. The video games are one step before a whole other virtual universe.
-Vin Diesel

While films are a very visual and emotional artistic medium, video games take it one step further into the realm of a unique personal experience.
-Jet Li

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