After recording the latest episode of Podcast 17 I decide to sit down and watch an episode of House M.D.
It was from the sixth season, number three, called Epic Fail. It starts with a scene very similar to Doom 3 and for a moment I wondered whether I was watching the right show.
My interest was obviously piqued but as usual the way game and gamers are represented on T.V. was woeful. This is another example that demonstrates the way mainstream media clearly has no real idea about gaming.
I’ve written about this before and referenced Stargate Atlantis, but I can’t find my article. Unless something is done the mis-portrayal will probably get worse. As an industry and community we need to set up an organisation that actively promotes gaming within society and also works to ensure that any depictions within the media remain as close to the truth as possible.
Clearly, that’s a pipe dream because everybody has their preconception and truth doesn’t always make for a good TV show. It’s just incredibly frustrating seeing shit like this on such a widely watched show.
Everybody will now think that all game designers can hack Facebook profiles, talk about their “joystick” and that we enjoy playing as monkeys with huge guns.
Here’s an article I found when looking for a screenshot to use: Gamespotting: House.
Off topic slightly, but… On that particular discussion there’s a reply from JRD who says “I’m a gamer”. I think he is wrong. He plays games but is not a gamer. A gamer would care about how gaming is portrayed in the media because it really affects us.
Of course the extreme is where games are blamed for real shootings but we need to take a Zero Tolerance Policy on all aspects of this.