In the Wii thread one of the other users made a point that really set my brain on fire.
Before my ponderings run wild I would like to say a little about myself so noone gets the wrong impression. I am 26 married with a 2 year old son. At the same time my media shelf is home to some of the most graphic films and games of history. I am a firm believer in freedom of expression and in no way agree with any of the spew that comes out of Jack Thompson's mouth or anyone of similar opinion.
With that said, why is it that we attach this stigma to family games? Some how if a game or console is intended to be fun for everyone in can't be taken seriously. Nintendo has fought with this for a very long time.
Why does a game have to be violent or drop F-bombs to be considered a Real game? Are we that ashamed of still playing video games as we get older that we have to indulge in "mature" content to feel better about it?
Don't get me wrong. As I stated above I love horror movies and adult subject matter or storylines but why is it that we dissmis family entertainment? Is it really mature of us to turn our back on light hearted fun and up beat story in exchange for drugs, violence,tragedy and vulgar language?
I have just as much fun watching pixar films with my son as I do watching dawn of the dead with my wife. All the same I have a blast playing Katamari Damacy and Mario galaxy between GTA4 runs. A great example of something that screwed up the gaming community was kingdom hearts. Everyone ripped on it being a diseny game and how it was going to be crap cause of fluffy family diseny characters. Then it came out and it was one of squares greatest works. No One could argue what a fantastic game it was.
So what do you think? I would really like to get some deep phycho-social discusion on this subject. Lets see if we can get to the bottom of this bias.