Is it? I wanted to bring up gaming but without the games taking over, without the platform battles or the genre rivalries. Are videogames a new media or are they simply product? What has gaming come to mean in the public eye? The web magazine "the Escapist" has figures like Movie Bob from "Escape to the Movies", "The Big Picture", and Screw Attacks "The gameoverthinker". Who makes observations and critiques about gamer culture. His Contemperary Ben "Yahzee" Croshaw of Zeropunctuation, is known to rake certain subgenres of videogames and their player's over the coals calling "modern military shooters" spunk gargle wee wee. for being and I am loosely paraphrasing here (rightwing gun wank) Intrestingy enough Moviebob on a screw attack video about Iran Contra (gameoverthinker episode 70 "fall of duty"), stated his view that videogames as a media was still maturing, and is not unlike Hollywood during the 1930s-1960s with its uber patriotic war movies. Which I find intresting because During X-plays run around 2004-2006 Adam Sessler often complained about the prevelancy of WWII shooters. And once derided a Vietnam shooter because it depicted the viatnamiese opponet npcs so poorly( I forget whether it was the story or bad AI or both) And then there is and its look into sexism and Gaming...which I found reactions too disheartening. here are some links These are links to sites not specific articles http://www.feministfrequency.com/ http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture http://www.screwattack.com/shows/partners/game-overthinker Most reviewers seem to feel that videogames are a new media worthy of being treated with the same respect and critcizim as film or books. I personaly tend to change my view, especially during the gamer communities more petulant and entitled moments. Ramza Edit: Thread title changed at OP's request.