Level Up : The Problem (and the Danger) of the Continued Infantilization of Videogames, Part I


The assumption that all videogames are toys for children rather than entertainment for a variety of different audiences is one of our pet peeves. It may seem innocuous, but it’s not only the foundation of continued attempts at the state and national level to regulate the sale and marketing of videogames, it’s also an excuse for developers and publishers to coast on the innocuous, the inoffensive and the tried-and-true rather than push the medium forward in multiple directions for multiple audiences–including adults. In other words, it’s not just videogame outsiders who hold this belief: many insiders do as well.