informa
2 min read
article

Student Feature: 'Soapbox: The Name of the Game'

In today's main educational feature, Rochester Institute of Technology senior Stephen Broida steps up to the Gamasutra soapbox, in reaction to recent criticism suggesting...
In today's main educational feature, Rochester Institute of Technology senior Stephen Broida steps up to the Gamasutra soapbox, in reaction to recent criticism suggesting that the term "video game" might be outdated. In the following extract, Broida defends games, saying they're not merely playthings for children: "It is also possible that people think video games are for kids because they think a “real” game must require physical exertion (such as tag or paintball) in order for it to be good for someone. If this were true, then games of chance would not be considered games. However, games do provide some sort of physical or mental exercise. Puzzle games such as Tetris or Bejeweled exercise the mind, and in the medical field, surgeons often play video games before an operation to build their dexterity. There are also games that require game players to use their feet or their whole body to play. Considering all this, the only other possible name that “video games” could be changed to would be "Interactive Media", but there is a problem with this name. If a movie was always linear with one beginning and end, would it still be a “movie” if you could choose a different ending? The viewer could make decisions that alter the story in one direction or another similar to a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book. It would be “Interactive Media”, but would it also be a video game? What about the lack of game mechanics and game rules that make games what they are?" You can read the full Gamasutra educational feature (no registration required, please feel free to link to this feature from external websites).

Latest Jobs

Disbelief

Chicago, Illinois
05.10.22
Producer

Build a Rocket Boy Games

Edinburgh, Scotland
05.12.22
Lead Animation Programmer

Windwalk Games

Austin, Texas
05.16.22
Game Designer

Sucker Punch Productions

Bellevue, Washington
05.10.22
Campaign Director
More Jobs   

CONNECT WITH US

Register for a
Subscribe to
Follow us

Game Developer Account

Game Developer Newsletter

@gamedevdotcom

Register for a

Game Developer Account

Gain full access to resources (events, white paper, webinars, reports, etc)
Single sign-on to all Informa products

Register
Subscribe to

Game Developer Newsletter

Get daily Game Developer top stories every morning straight into your inbox

Subscribe
Follow us

@gamedevdotcom

Follow us @gamedevdotcom to stay up-to-date with the latest news & insider information about events & more