This is a reprint of a comment left here: http://blog.escapistmagazine.com/index.php/commentary/2006/03/21/gaming_at_the_margins#c4566
It is a response to this article, written by Warren Spector: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/issue/37/4
Some “exceptions that prove the rule” in all of your “videogames can be marginalized” points: Regarding the end of Vaudeville, the Age of Radio, and Broadway’s margin, musicals are still created, and thanks to Moulin Rouge (which I hate, btw) musical movies made a quick and temporary comeback. I also once read all the Walt Kelly Pogo books at Boston Public Library, but your point is well taken. It’s there for you if you like that sort of thing, but the “greater public” does not care.
Aren’t all the forms of entertainment headed for this sort of marginalization?
The record industry is over, as far as I can tell. Not that I stopped listening to music, and not that there aren’t acts occasionally filling gigantic stadia, but that sort of thing isn’t so important in the public psyche; music has become a personal, private thing. I think the notion of “hit singles” is over.
Sports are experiencing this a little bit, too. Note the difference between the audiences of the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, Major League Baseball, and Major League Soccer. There are people that follow all five, but there are a lot more people that only like to follow one or two, and to be frank, I have a hard time finding people my age that like to watch professional sport at all. The money troubles of pro sports teams are well publicized.
As the digital age makes marginal movies easier to access, and home theaters beat out the shoebox at the mall, you’ll see budget rearrangement there too.
We have too many choices in entertainment to stick with any one kind and not seem like one-dimensional people. With so much cheap and available content, you have to count on all the entertainment forms being marginalized in some way.
Thanks for the comment.
Mister_Green: Yeah, I expected nothing but turbulence from the Sex Pistols, although I agree that they ought to have some kind of exhibit in the hall- they inspired too many folks not to have something there.
I wish people wouldn’t try to raise character of an individual when it comes to remembering these folks; you’re either historically important or you aren’t, and that’s it. History books remember Caligula and Stalin and they’ll remember Pol Pot, so why not Sid Vicious and Johnny Rotten?
I’ll write a real, un-reprinted one later (unless you like reprinted opinions… it’d be a… different format, anyway…)
Hope everybody’s doing well…
See you next time.