Last week, former reality show host Donald Trump set a meeting between lawmakers and members of the video game industry to discuss violent games and their ‘impact’ on the violence in the United States. To kick off the meeting, a member of Trump’s staff compiled a rough montage of violent video games. While it didn’t even highlight some of the truly terrible violence in the gaming industry, it showed enough bias and put the industry in a certain light. Games for Change, a non-profit group out of New York, released their own video to counter Trump’s compilation.
Showing beautiful landscapes, stunning animation, and wondrous adventure through the likes of Moon Studios’ Ori and the Blind Forest, Jonathon Blow’s The Witness, Nintendo’s The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, Giant Squid’s ABZÛ, and Upper One Games’ Never Alone. While it did show a small fraction of action, most of the compilation displayed relationships in Life is Strange, the creativity in Minecraft, the art of Monument Valley, and the beauty in Horizon: Zero Dawn.
Now here at Don’t Hate the Geek, we’ll always vouch for the game industry, sure. However, this video, although absolutely does a decent job at highlighting some of the positives about games, doesn’t even scratch the surface about how beneficial video games are to society at large. They are and should be celebrated not just as an art form, but as an absolute force for change; a change for good. Video games can be utilized as a measure and have application to make a real-world impact. Having a meeting to scapegoat an industry that is protected under law, and has been given flack and stood the test of courtrooms before, is just nonsensical.
If you have any interest, pop over to the Games for Change website and see what they’re all about. Perhaps we’ll see more videos surface highlighting everyone’s favorite beautiful moments from this beloved industry.
What about you geeks? What are some of the best parts about games you’ve played? Let us know in the comments!