I agree with Keith Stewart to some extent – video games don’t always lend themselves to social credibility, but there are exceptions to the rule. Personally, I’ve always been a fan of Raving Rabbids, because it’s a great way to connect with my kids and wife, and playing together on a night in rather than watching the goggle box, is much more fun.
However, times are definitely changing. Video games are no longer a niche pastime and going mainstream has made them more socially acceptable – an article just the other day highlighted that the video gaming activity is increasingly moving from the bedroom to the family living room. Guitar Hero for example, a “cool” title featured on The Guardian’s list, has far reaching appeal, with gamers of all ages enjoying this new form of entertainment.
The more we see games appealing to wider audiences, the more we’ll accept video gaming as a respected pastime. It’s no coincidence that Pac-Man, Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero made the “cool” list, but there were some glaring emissions. Let us know what you think: what would have made your top ten coolest video game list?
Our Games tutor Simon Fenton spoke to The Guardian a while back about his favourite and most influential Games. You can watch the interview with him here.