Warning: this post is political!
If you pay attention to politics, you’ll notice that neither Republicans or Democrats are fond of video games. Every single politician and news show equates video games with underachievement, corruption, and societal ills. If either party recognized gaming as a huge mass medium that improved society in many ways and brought people together, we’d have to sit through fewer horror stories about some video game you’ve never heard of being a form of mind control that caused someone to commit a crime, and any politician who supports them would earn major support themselves. Instead, Conservatives think video games are corrupting our children, and Liberals think they’re turning us into antisocial, bigoted reprobates. Neither of these things are true.
Conservatives should be championing the challenge of video games. When old adults born before the 1970s talk about video games (which tends to be a Conservative stereotype), they usually say we WATCH video games. No, we don’t WATCH them, we PLAY them. With a controller. Unlike movies and TV, you don’t passively sit and absorb a video game. The vast majority of them require players to master a set of skills throughout a series of levels. When you fail, you get sent back quite far, usually to the beginning of a challenge. As you play it more, you learn more about mechanics and strategies you can utilize. Upon repeat playthroughs, you become better than you previously were before. I have definitely learned more about patience, discipline, and other adult attributes by playing difficult children’s video games than I have through watching adult movies. Conservatives talk a big game about bringing the world back to places of manliness and grit, but see video games as an obstacle to this. Of course it’s not good to become hopelessly addicted to them, but even ones starring cute or childish content can make us stronger.
Liberals, you’ve got something to learn too. I understand you want video games to be more inclusive, but the thing is, they already are. SJWs telling us how to behave isn’t needed because I can already go to Twitch.TV and enjoy myself watching a Mexican play NES games, a guy from Trinidad play Super Mario 64, and a Pakistani play Perfect Dark. Simply enjoying fun video games with people is what melted the race and gender barriers. Plus, the way games empower player characters isn’t some ableist statement, it’s the opposite. The less able can get their mobility and dexterity wishes through a fun gaming experience. Nobody goes to conventions to listen to lectures on how to stop being such a racist bully. They just want to enjoy something they like and meet new friends.
The way I can tell video games have truly made it into accpetancehood is when the most powerful politicians (especially from Germany, Australia, and China) stop demonizing them to further a political campaign. This will require work- gamers have to band together and conditionally support anyone who’s got their back. There are not only huge political gains to be made in doing this, there are also many other gaming-specific benefits.