The Economist Features Video Games

The Economist - 6 - 12 August 2005
This week’s Economist (August 6th – 12th) features video games in their Special Report. “Chasing the Dream” is a great article that summarises current political climate in the industry and discusses the debate over its social impacts. It highlights three key “overlooked factors”:

That attitudes to gaming are marked by a generational divide; that there is no convincing evidence that games make people violent; and that games have great potential in education.

Much of it is not new to us gamers, however for most Economist readers, I think it is a very enlightening piece, and I’m glad to see it in an intelligent, mainstream publication. The cover, though, is a bit sensationalistic…

  4 comments for “The Economist Features Video Games

  1. 5 August 2005 at 11:28

    That cover is hilarious.

    Probably a good marketing decision, though… A really sensationalistic cover like that is definitely going to reel people in by eliciting a strong response–agreement, disagreement, or a piqued curiosity at the very least–at which point they can enlighten the reader with a more balanced perspective.

    Hopefully it will help change some minds.

  2. 5 August 2005 at 12:14

    Brilliant article. Rational, logical, easy to slice piece of cutting the witch-hunt off at the knees.

  3. 5 August 2005 at 16:36

    The economist… and video games… together!

    Hmmm… I’m glad to see that a magazine as respected as the Economist giving such a level-headed argument about video games. Of course, the conclusions are no surprise for gamers, but I think it’ll start to get rid of the stigma associated with gaming.

    It’s a step anyways.

  4. 7 August 2005 at 02:39

    Good to see your well read.

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