This question has been puzzling me for a while, but I didn’t think anyone else considered this issue worthy of debate or thought. Dave Thomas, posting about Jesper Juul’s new book, Half-Real: Video Games between Real Rules and Fictional Worlds, holds that it is “videogame” and not “video game”. Europeans commonly use “videogame” and the North American folk use the two-word variant.
I like the single word because it helps clarify the world of videogames as a certain type of game, and not just a qualified class of games like puzzle games or word games. And even more to point, “videogames” Googles better. It’s easier to search for the single word term.
He states that he is working on a style guide with the International Game Journalists Association and that it will use the single word. He then calls for international consistency.
So what is it? Is it one word or two words? Which is correct? Which is preferrable? Should I be using ‘videogame’ instead of ‘video game’? I’m so confused!