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Is hating pants considered a hobby?
Do you devote 20+ hours a week to actively hating pants?
Do you make a parlor game out of it?
If anyone out there is getting millions of dollars for playing Monopoly or Final Fantasy or whatever, my hat's off to him/her/them.
Ignore is dumb. That is all.
I hear that if you offer to move your operation to Rhode Island, you might get those millions.
Being obsessed with video games strikes me as less silly than, say, being obsessed with collecting gum wrappers.
Excuse me while I back slooooooowly away.
Videogames are currently an industry that is a bit more than a third of the size of television. They're literally that much a part of our culture. Not just that, but the medium itself allows artists to create and deliver works in a way that is entirely unique.
Comic books are one of modern culture's methods of storytelling. At its best, a well-written comic book has the ability to convey ideas and leave open questions for the reader to think about and do it on a very personal level. Yes, there are a lot of crappy comic books, but there are also a lot of crappy films, crappy novels, crappy art, and crappy music out there. Even an artist as transcendent as Mozart has a lot of lesser works that are bland and uninteresting (see Mozart's endless sets of generic minuets and contredanses, that were essentially marketed as background music).
People who have a grasp of things like porn, comic books, and domesticated animals have a greater knowledge and understanding of American culture - and the human race - than those who simply ignore them. And far greater than those who think they are not worth discussing at all.
You think you're being clever, but you're really just being a jackass. You keep trying to shift the sense of the position from "having a basic understanding" to "being a consumer of." Between this thread and the last one, enough people have clarified the precise position for you that a reasonable person would conclude that you're not interested in a good faith discussion.
I haven't been paying much attention to this debate, but I'd say that video games could easily end up as large a part of American culture as comic books were. (Probably rather closer than I realize to that already, but I absolutely don't think it's there yet.)
The one thing that is against this happening is that it seems as if the advances in media and technology happen so fast now that nothing is able to become as firmly entrenched as comics were in their rather long heyday.
Is there a dispute that video games are not a huge part of American culture in the 2000s?
Not knowing some basic information about video games and their significant influence on society will make a person a bit culturally deficient.
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