It's always a pleasure to read or hear about the video game industry in the mainstream media, as the industry is a huge money maker and deserves the occasional nod. It's also fun because the mainstream media looks at the video game industry through the eyes of someone who has no clue about gaming, which gives all of us a good idea of what "the others" think of us and our little gaming habit. Yesterday's New York Times
article on the Nintendo Wii is a shining example of this.
As most mainstream media articles need to drop a "My, how things have changed since the 80s" into the introduction, the NYT article
does not disappoint. "Once upon a time, call it the 1980's, video games were simple," it reads. Next, comes the stereotype of gamers as a "sunlight-deprived, testosterone-addled, slightly gamy demographic". Gamy?
I hope the writer is using the "plucky" definition of the word, and not the "stinky" one.
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Next comes the console, which was made, "to fit into a middle-class living room without looking like an alien invader from Planet Video Game". Thank goodness. Even if it plays like crap, it will look good sitting next to my stacked cable box, Tivo, and DVD player.
To be fair, the article does do a nice job of explaining the new Wii controller to the masses, and it lets people know how kindly the console was received at E3. I do suggest you give it a read if you want to learn a few basics about the console. And, again, I do very much enjoy reading such articles in the mainstream media. It just freaks me out when I think of how they report on the really important stuff.