PSXE's Open Invitation To Katie Couric And The Mainstream Press
Of course, this invitation will inevitably fall on deaf ears. But that isn't the point.
The point is to simply stand up and make the offer. Gamers can complain until they're blue in the face; unless we're given the opportunity to rebut in a mainstream arena, we will remain the unjustly accused.
Former Grand Theft Auto producer Jeremy Pope is on the record saying that gaming doesn't have a legitimate ambassador. Sadly, that is true. But is this because we don't have leading industry journalists who are willing to intelligently defend video games in a public forum? Or is it because the mainstream media has absolutely no intention of giving this industry a voice?
As is the case with most things in life, there's no clear-cut answer. Undoubtedly, we often hear one-sided reports concerning video games. This has been happening for decades and to date, I don't recall seeing an official rebuttal from a game journalist or developer. At least, not when it comes to mainstream sources. On the other hand, I'm not sure any industry insider has been all that anxious to come to the forefront; perhaps because he or she has no interest in shouldering the load.
That's perfectly understandable. However, in light of Katie Couric's recent admission that her "Are Video Games Ruining Your Life?" feature was indeed one-sided, we at PSXE see an opening. It's unfortunate that Bungie and the ESA neglected to participate (another example of industry representatives refusing to stand up), but we'll offer our services. Paltry though they may be in comparison to larger sources and more recognizable names, it's important to extend this open invitation to Couric and in fact, all members of the mainstream press. Couric used one of my Tweets in her Friday Follow-Up and I'm willing to take another step.
I'll talk. I'll answer the most difficult questions you can throw at me. As a 13-year veteran of gaming journalism, perhaps my two cents will shed some light on that which you only presume to know. My psychology degree might be useful as well. I have no intention of being hostile or bitter, nor do I wish to put yet another black mark on this industry by acting like a child. In short, I'll throw myself to the wolves for the sake of mass enlightenment. ...all right, in and of itself, that's overly dramatic. But you get the point.
I'm waiting. Chances are, I'll be waiting a very long time. But at least the invitation has been made.
5/21/2013 10:52:51 PM Ben Dutka