Let's face it, there will be no truce in the culture war currently being waged against video games until the fault-finders, fear-mongers, and cultural conservatives are distracted by some horrible new pastime they deem likely to corrupt and poison our children.
While the anti-game rants of Jack Thompson, Dave Grossman and Sen. Joe Lieberman may leave you cold, the demonization of entertainment is nothing new. Wired has compiled a list of quotes from the last few hundred years which demonstrate silly cultural dread of popular entertainment. Books, music, movies...they've all been in the cross hairs at one time or another.
"The free access which many young people have to romances, novels, and plays has poisoned the mind and corrupted the morals of many a promising youth; and prevented others from improving their minds in useful knowledge," said Reverend Enos Hitchcock back in 1790.
"The indecent foreign dance called the Waltz was introduced... So long as this obscene display was confined to prostitutes and adulteresses, we did not think it deserving of notice; but now that it is...forced on the respectable classes of society by the evil example of their superiors, we feel it a duty to warn every parent against exposing his daughter to so fatal a contagion." - The Times of London, 1816
Check out the rest of the quotes and see just how far we've come.
-Reporting from San Diego, thoroughly corrupted GP Correspondent Andrew Eisen