Is the Term “Video Game” Restricting People’s Perception of the Medium?

Tony Polanco from The Koalition writes:

"Video games have come a long way over the last forty years. In that time, they’ve grown to become the world’s most successful form of entertainment, surpassing film, television, and books in terms of revenue. With that said, many people fail to see that it has also surpassed some of its limitations. In the beginning, “video game” was an apt term since that is exactly what they were: games in video form. This is no longer applicable to many titles. The term is becoming increasingly restrictive and is minimizing people’s perception of what video games can be.

Although this conundrum is inspired by a recent Twitter debate, I’ve actually been talking and thinking about this for quite some time. Games of the last generation in particular got me pondering about how some titles transcend the term “video game” since they are more than just a game you play on your TV —or monitor. I haven’t forgotten you Master Racers. However, some say that since it is a “game” that it must be “fun.” I don’t subscribe to this notion at all since it reduces and curtails the medium’s true potential."

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SwiffEpics1182d ago

Video Games is a term that definitely turns a majority of people off, and it causes people to judge somebody based on their interest. It doesn't have as much a positive aura around it than TV Shows or Movies (for example). This is an interesting editorial. Good stuff.

Thatguy-3101182d ago

I agree. The common person has no idea how far games have come. With new and improved technology games have the ability to tell rich stories that rival movies/TV shows.

brando0081181d ago

Absolutely, most people still look at video games as a young hobby that most people grow out of. Gaming is the medium that is able to blend all the perks of cinema, music, and other forms of art, while adding player agency. The experience becomes so powerful and often personal as well.

UnHoly_One1182d ago

Totally agree.

I know people that spend more time watching TV or movies than I do playing games, but I'm still "wasting my time" in their eyes.

Minute Man 7211182d ago

Yea man my girlfriend's brother talks smack about me playing games but he's on Facebook 24/7

miyamoto1182d ago

In view of Ken Kutaragi's vision the name "Sony Computer Entertainment" was made because he knew it is not just about videogames but a holistic approach to digital entertainment. As CD-ROM technology back then encompasses multi-media. interactive media, digital music, videos, movies, etc.

Naughty Dog is trying to come up with a good name for their works.

Venomousfatman1182d ago

I dont feel the term "video games" restricts the medium at all. I feel a lot of that line of thinking comes from people that constantly scrutinize or rather give into the scrutiny of the medium. Much as the same way "Gamer" has been given a lot of negative cogitations lately, yet isn't a negative subject to begin with.

I think the term "video game" is just as relevant and positive as the phrase "digital entertainment", how one is better than the other just comes down to each individual viewer, not a testament to the quality or artistic reach/relevance of the medium itself.

MysticStrummer1182d ago (Edited 1182d ago )

Your comment is confusing. You clearly agree with the idea that the term restricts people's perception of the medium but it looks like you think you don't agree.


OT - Yes it is. The terms "video game" and "gamer" definitely still have negative connotations even though the average gamer is much more diverse now than they used to be.

SmokingMonkey1182d ago

Exactly, proof of this comes with the "are 'video games' art" argument.

StrawberryDiesel4201182d ago

I have always thought the older generations, generally individuals in their 50's and 60's compare the hobby of gaming to that of a child playing with their toys. The term "video game" does sound juvenile as these "games" have evolved so much over the last ten years. The Last of Us isn't a "game" in my opinion. It would be best described as an "Interactive Experience."

AudioEppa1182d ago

The Last of Us is a video game.

SmokingMonkey1182d ago (Edited 1182d ago )

LOL at TLOU not being a game!

NES games are "interactive experience"

Porn is an "interactive experience"

TLOU is in fact one of the greatest video games ever made.<<<period

Zodiac1182d ago (Edited 1182d ago )

What is a video game, then, if not a game in video form?

They are GAMES! The term 'game' is not limited to hopscotch and throwing a ping pong ball into a fish bowl or whatever.

Don't be so insecure about the term 'game' and just enjoy playing :) Yes, we are also 'playing'

These terms are only as juvenile as you make them to be.

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