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Wed, Dec. 24th, 2008 12:00 am
A brief history of moral panics

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_grimtales_
Wed, Dec. 24th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)

You forgot Horror Comics in the 1950s, Rock and Roll, Dungeons and Dragons and other Role Playing Games in the 1980s (rolled up with the Satanic cult scare) and a few others.


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bongo_kong
bongo_kong
Wed, Dec. 24th, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)

I wonder if the moral panic generated by a medium is somehow related to the average age of those producing the content. In the mid-90s when I started working as a game developer everyone making games was in their mid-20s. Now I'd say that the demographic of developers is skewed much more towards the late 30's and, shock, even early 40's. It's quickly become almost a proper career, just like music and films, with big money behind it and shareholders and boards of directors. I suppose all creative industries follow a similar trajectory.

The people making games in 10 years time won't have the same motivations they had 5 years ago, even though it might be the same group of people making them. What sort of games will a bunch of 50 year-old game developers make? Well, we'll find out in about 10 years time*. I'm hoping it will be more Momus than Sting.

*Assuming it doesn't all get outsourced to China.



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