Video Games, The Generations.

Video Games Meme

Video games, as they pertains to old/new media, have been something that has separated the generations born before and after the invention of video games. I don’t know of someone who was born before the video game age that is perfectly proficient in playing video games. That logic is flawed as it is a sweeping statement, however, I do believe there is a divide. To illustrate an example, my parents have never played a video game with the exception of old Atari Inc. games like Pong. That does not mean that my parents think that I am wasting my time as the article clearly expresses. My parents don’t necessarily always approve but that is part of the generational divide that the article backs up. The article supports its claim by polls conducted by AOL games. It provides statistics on how many adults play video games and the demographic of adult’s that actually do. The article doesn’t supply when that divide took place and who those culturally divided age groups are. This I hypothesize is centrally because it is a subjective argument. The generational “line of divide” is not necessarily a literal line. The article however focuses on parents and children where the age group differences are much more extreme. My guess is that the divide took place a little before the period of the mid eighties to early nineties when the popularity and market share of video games rose sharply. The only ethos I have to that claim is that I am apart of the “newer generation” and a recreational gamer myself. The new technology of video games introduced a fundamental difference into the media world, this was interactivity. (Also known as modularity to paraphrase Lev Manovich) Interactivity seems to be the thing that separates old and new according to most media scholars. It also seems to separate the parents and the children too. The parental generation watches television so it can’t be that factor. it can’t be the vehicle (console, PC, etc.) either so it must be the ability to control your characters fate. I find that very fascinating actually because it is a basic aspect of video games and a strong dividing line of the old/new medias.

Fram, Alan; Tompson, Trevor. “Poll Shows a Generational Divide Over Video Games.” 14 November 2007. Web. 28 January 2014.


One comment on “Video Games, The Generations.

  1. One thing that might improve the blog post would be focusing on a more specific technology, for example, the Xbox 360, rather than video games in general. Having a narrower focus would allow you to be more thorough with the technology discussed in the blog post and could make the arguments of the blog more effective. Rather than discussing outside sources as “the article,” be sure to provide the reader with the article title and author’s name, and use in-text citations any time you take information from that source. Also, try to avoid vagueness in your writing that might be effective in conversation. When writing, it’s important to be as clear and specific as possible, because your reader won’t have the visual or aural cues that are available during in-person conversation. Using paragraphs to organize your information can give the text of the blog post a better sense of flow and can help the reader follow your main ideas. Be sure to check the legibility of your images before posting—the meme is a bit difficult to read. Perhaps the main thing that could improve the blog post would be to utilize Gunning’s article to answer the prompt—remember that the assignment asks for the blog post to function like a reading response. Be sure to always read over the assignment sheet before submitting an assignment to make sure your work meets the assignment requirements.

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