The Gaming Age

It’s official. Video games have become an ingrained part of our national consciousness, and their grip on our minds has begun to affect the way we view the world around us. Like any other cultural bellwether, gaming inspires devotion in the younger generation which has embraced it, and anger and fear in the older generation which sees the movement as a threat to its values. A new San Francisco art exhibit is examining the “moral, cultural and technical implications of the games industry,” from the effects of violence in gaming to the cultural impact of a generation which chooses to live, at least part-time, in a virtual world.