It’s not uncommon for the mainstream media to produce inaccurate pieces typecasting video gamers and being completely out of touch. However, a recent article by CNN has to be the most ludicrous example I’ve ever seen which includes insulting, inaccurate claims in the heading. Unbelievably, the article is entitled, “Video games aren’t just for anitisocial nerds!” to outline the financial success of the video gaming industry. This amount of incompetence and shamefully lazy writing emphasizes the sort of content typically seen on CNN. It’s quite laughable considering studies show the average gamer is in the 30-40 age bracket, and multiplayer/co-op titles are incredibly popular.
To make matters worse, the article goes on to say:
“If you think that the only people who play video games are a bunch of underemployed loners sitting in their parents’ basement, think again.”
I’m completely flabbergasted by the audacity of CNN’s lies and derogatory comments. Video games are played by a huge amount of the population across various ages, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The concept that the industry is a multi-billion dollar success story and grossed more than the film industry from a niche audience alone is ridiculous. Obviously, CNN sees gaming’s new and interactive media as a threat and is trying once again to discredit it. However, all they have done is expose their own bias.
I could write a 2000 word essay disproving these claims, but CNN is an ancient, judgmental piece of media which doesn’t deserve much attention. While I have brought this story to attention, it’s only to outline how cringeworthy many of the mainstream media outlets are. In an era where Reddit, Twitter and community media becomes more important, traditional news sources try to do anything to hold onto power.