Games and the Government

Swedish government, perhaps due to a more capitalistic mindset than previously elected ones, decided to give an open invitation to a seminar in the parliament yesterday, a seminar about the Swedish games industry. Fragzone has decent coverage of the event, it seems the debate is still about addiction fears, morality and whether games can be considered culture or not but the fact that we are talking about it seems like an improvement.

I don’t agree that Mr. Säfström is actually complaining about the current games journalism, rather he is pointing out the fact that most game-related media today is news coverage and game reviews. Ryan Stancl wrote a feature for GCG a while back, in part explaining to some degree how different approaches would benefit the medium and in part trying to do so himself. People are starting to write increasingly deep features like this even in “regular” media, so at least we’re heading in the right direction.

On a related note, I cast my vote(s) in the Game Developer’s Choice awards earlier. It’s really a shame I can’t go to GDC and see the awards being handed out (and more importantly; see the IGF awards ceremony), but I guess there’s always next year.

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Posted on Jan 31/08 by Saint and filed under Gaming culture | No Comments »