Heavy subjects, and video games

If all media are somewhat autobiographical, then all games express something about the society the designer lives in.
The moment this becomes interesting, is when games dare to ask some of the hardest questions imaginable.

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The Inadequacy of the “Gamer” Phrase

Not too long ago, people identified themselves as gamers, fully knowing exactly what the word meant.
The stereotypical gamer was a person who would spend hours on end playing games, and enjoying particularly difficult, brain-shattering challenges. (Juul, 2010) But more importantly: The gamer identity came – just like any other label – with a community, and a sense of social security.
In recent years, however, with the rise of app stores, smartphones, and the possibility to download and distribute games in a matter of minutes, everyone is a gamer. From commuters to kids. So is the “gamer” stereotype still relevant?

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