By Jasmine Watts
Today we met with digital media expert, Brian Baglow. Brian works in the video gaming industry. He made some very interesting comments about the stigmas video gamers face.
The assumption linked to video gamers are that they’re nerds, antisocial, or weird.
The gaming industry has always been cut off from the rest of the media world, helping to frame these stigmas. However, it is just as influential as television, print media, or films. The gaming industry has been ignored by Hollywood for decades. The assumption that video games are only for kids has caused difficulty for the industry to break into the world of media with other platforms.
Now, the gaming industry is bigger than ever. The U.K. has more than 450 game development studios; that’s more than film and television studios combined. There are organizations such as the U.K. games fund and Creative England that will fund video game production. And anyone can make a game and get it on the Apple’s App Store for just $99 and on Google Play for just $25 a year.
However, there are still a lot of problems that the game industry faces. One of which is bullying. The game world is supposed to be a safe place that gamers can relax and enjoy themselves; however, anonymity has caused problems. The game world is so advanced that you can play games and chat with people across the globe. But people are not always friendly. There have been countless instances where racial slurs, misogynistic comments and just plain mean comments are made. Since people are able to be anonymous, they think that they can say whatever they want. These cowards should be dealt with. People in the lead of the gaming industry, like Brian, realize these problems and want to solve it. Too many people face bullying in the real world and for them to get online to escape and have fun then still have to deal with bullying is unfortunate. I hope that comments can be screened before they are sent or that some words can just be banned from using in the near future. The game industry has come such a long way and I’d hate for it to be destroyed by bullies.
After our meeting with Brian, we went to Kinloch Anderson, a place best known for making clothes for the royal family. We learned all about kilts and the history of fashion and pride in the national dress of Scotland. It was really cool.