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.


A post on blog posts

Per our conversation in class yesterday, here are some further guidelines/specifications for your blog assignments:

  1. Jessica and I are both happy to look over drafts of blog posts in our office hours (see the syllabus), or by appointment.  No appointments will be made over the weekend, so be sure you’re planning accordingly.
  2. Based on the number of students, and the subsequent grading load, we cannot let you re-write blog posts, or write all 3 and take the top 2 grades. There’s one exception to this rule: IF you choose to write the first blog post, and receive a D or F on the assignment, we will allow you to “toss out” that post and complete the other two.  If you follow the assignment guidelines (and create a critical dialogue between the readings, the images/media you’re creating, and your own analysis of both), you’re unlikely to receive a failing grade for the post, so make sure you’re reading over the specifications and fulfilling the assignment.
  3. Citation guidelines (these are the minimum requirements, you’re welcome to be more rigorous and scholarly in citing web content):
  • All scholarly essays you read for the class must be cited in either MLA or Chicago style.
  • Any scholarly books/essays that you access online, but AREN’T available on the open web for anyone to access (say, through ASU’s journal collection), must be cited in MLA or Chicago style, not simply linked.
  • Other web resources can be linked (and, in general, you can/should use links to other articles/blog posts to help the reader find further, relevant information on your topic)
  • When directly quoting, or paraphrasing, of a book or essay that contains page numbers always include the relevant page number for the passage you’re drawing on
  • Centrally, citations are about both acknowledging where the ideas that influence your understanding of a topic originate (crediting the source of the idea), and also giving the reader enough information to track down a source that’s relevant/interesting to them.  Make sure you proof your posts to ensure that you’re sufficiently covering both of these citational function.

Finally, we didn’t have time for these yesterday, but here are a couple of good examples of scholarly, yet accessible and engaging, blog posts from media scholars: