Maybe The Gaming Industry Just Isn't Glamorous Enough
You can't go Hollywood if you don't have the Hollywood glitz and glamor.
What if the reason more gaming people (i.e., directors, producers, artists, etc.) aren't in the spotlight is simply due to materialism? What if it's simply due to the fact that we may not have the pretty people?
For the record, we've removed our article concerning voice actress Ali Hillis' Facebook comments concerning the Spike TV Video Game Awards. She contacted us and politely asked us to take it down; she provided an explanation as to why, and we understand it. She didn't want her words to be taken out of context but you know, it got me thinking (as these things usually do).
The VGAs will be loaded with personalities from TV, music, and movies. Sometimes, gamers wonder why we don't see more of our own stars and visionaries, and I'm afraid the answer is pure, simple, and mildly depressing- gaming doesn't have the glitz and glamor of the other entertainment industries. Thing is, those other industries require certain physical qualities (and if you say it doesn't matter for musicians, you're living on another planet), as the popular people tend to photograph well.
We have talented people, but they're not required to be in front of a camera for any reason. Even the actors aren't really part of it, although their likeness may be used (i.e., Uncharted, Heavy Rain, etc.). We've addressed the subject in the past; when we interviewed Ian Bogost, we spoke at length about why gaming isn't a bigger part of the mainstream culture; in other words, why we aren't seeing Cosmopolitan or Vanity Fair spreads for guys like David Jaffe or Hideo Kojima. Besides the stereotypes and stigmas still attached the industry, there might be another reason.
We have unbelievable talent. We don't have models. And in this culture, if you can't be in front of a camera, that poses a significant problem. Materialism may strike to the core and indeed, it might be one of the primary stumbling blocks for gaming...as depressing as that sounds.
P.S. Hillis has offered to talk to us, so if we do an interview, we'll ask you to submit some questions.
12/4/2011 10:38:52 PM Ben Dutka