On games’ cultural status

One of the reasons we do this is because we’re engaging in our own war, which is a status war. We want games to be given more respect, we want them to be treated more seriously. We’re embarrassed by them. We want them to be higher status. That film has higher status, theater has higher status, painting has higher status. Games are looked down on. So, how are we going to get this status? By themes. Thematics, right? That’s our simplistic view of this idea, “Oh, well, that’s what these high-status works are about. They are about serious topics and serious themes.” So if we inject those serious topics and serious themes in our games, they will be more important. They will be more respected. And as a result you get “Augs Lives Matters.”

Frank Lantz, interviewed by David Wolinski

One Response to “On games’ cultural status”
  1. yoshi s island says:

    Pure art springs from the soul, is an attempt (by the soul) to recount (the soul), and doesn’t care for status, save for to earn enough states as to be allowed to exist and come to be discovered by the few who, when they meet it, will recognize it.

    The rest is sound, fury, and signifies nothing.

    Yes, I would have liked it to be much easier than it has for me to come to know of (for example) Twinsen’s Odyssey, Ultima VI and VII, Increpare’s website, The Silver Case and Flower Sun and Rain and killer7, NaissanceE, …
    but now that there is Internet, that famous quote, “what you are is shown by what you do with what you have” gains truthfulness, more of it day after day.

    And it’s PART of playing such games (and watching the best films, reading the best essays and novels, …) to overcome the barriers between their existence and our coming to know that they exist.
    We’ll find them or not, and more or fewer of them, depending on who we are.

    This said, I can’t help but despond when I for a moment ponder on how many millionaires and billionaires there are, in the mind of none of whom there’s a “let’s fund this talented designer” flash.
    It’s ununderstandable to me.
    But then again: it’s ununderstandable to someone who would never have made their money :)