These days it is rare to find coverage of the gaming industry that does not highlight its alleged pitfalls. That is why this recent article from the Chicago Tribune stands out as a booster of video games as relevant media.
Though the article dedicates about 75% of its text to educating the reader as to just what a “GTA4″ is and how it fits into the world, the rest is all about the dedication and perfectionism that went into the game’s development at Rockstar. A specific emphasis is placed on the importance of good writing in the process of video games evolving into the “literature of the 21st Century.”
It’s refreshing to see mainstream focus on the gaming industry without the Jack Thompson-esque dramatics. If this article makes even one non-gamer see the industry as something more than Pac-Man and cop killing, then it is a huge success.
Do you folks think GTA4 is a step in the right direction towards mainstream acceptance of video games as more than “toys?” Or does the controversy surrounding the series overshadow any potential positives?