Everyone knows that gaming hasn’t always had its high points, particularly when it seems that a larger part of the media wants to smear our favorite hobby whenever they get a chance. What, with things like Mass Effect on Fox News, GTA always being over-scrutinized, etc, it seems that gaming’s got a lot of scandals to sweep under the rug.
To categorize all of these unmentionable moments (some silly, others not so silly), MCV has put together a list of Gaming’s Biggest Controversies. They cover a wide variety of topics from America’s Army to Hot Coffee.
I’m actually surprised at a few that weren’t really mentioned, namely games like Counter-Strike, etc, being linked to school shootings.
To me, the most interesting thing is looking at some of the older stuff and wondering what some of the fuss is about, but it seems that one constant is clear- gaming is completely misunderstood, and I wonder if it’s only gotten worse as the generational gap widens. I’m not too worried though. Some day, the people calling the shots will have consoles at home, and they’ll be thinking about gamers.
What do you think about gaming perception in the media? Are any of these controversies news to you?
Edit: Apparently a couple of pages are down- if you look at the right hand section next to the article, you can see all of the ones listed, so you can click them there. It seems 4 and 5 were removed.