CBC's outdated "future of video games"

Thanks to Ombudsman reader Tony Walsh for pointing me to a CBC news article laughably titled the future of games. I say laughably because the article focuses on trends like “online gaming” and “wireless mobile gaming” (a term he uses to describe the PSP and Nintendo DS, and not your cell phone) that have been slowly developing for at least a decade. True, these areas of gaming are only really starting to really gain steam now, but this article is written like they were just discovered yesterday (for the author, this may be true).

To be fair, the article is written for a more general audience than usually reads (or writes) this blog, and the article does have some good sections — it even touches on (and mangles, somewhat) the debate between ludology and narratology. But, for the most part, this articles reads as if the author hasn’t paid attention to the video game industry since the days of Super Mario Bros.

Tony is a little harsher about the whole thing on his blog.

Update: (2/24/05 7:45 a.m.) Link to Tony’s blog fixed.

3 thoughts on “CBC's outdated "future of video games"

  1. “Yet where things differ between Super Mario Bros. and Halo is the plot of the game. Super Mario Bros., which tends to rely on cute gimmicks, has a childish storyline that doesn’t engage adults. Halo 2 and GTA: San Andreas represent the “growing up” of video games “

    I’ll tell you what, I thought the story of Halo 2 was <> riveting<>. In fact I haven’t even gotten to the multiplayer yet, I just keep replaying that awesome single-player mode, just because the story is so fantastic. It makes me think, why on EARTH does ANYONE play Mario games! They obvious don’t have any sex, drugs, or gratuitous violence! I can’t get involved in a story without those things, and if the story isn’t there, I can’t play it.

    -Teenager as viewed from crazed CBC writer

  2. It’s indicative of how young and misunderstood games still are that this sort of thing makes it through all the time at major news outlets. I mean…if you have no one on staff editing or fact checking that knows anything about the subject matter, how can you expect any inaccuracies to get caught and fixed?

    You want some real fun, go check out the game reviews at MSN.ca. They’re just sad.

    – Sewart

  3. Thanks for posting the link, Kyle. I am beginning to feel a little remorseful about ripping into the article author so harshly, but then I keep reminding myself that the author, a mainstream journalist, is making a number of dicey assertations. I’d almost expect this sort of thing from a blogger (hell, I do it all the time), but from Canada’s official broadcaster I expect a higher editorial standard.

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