Dan Houser, Rockstar Games creative vice president and chief Grand Theft Auto IV writer, said in an interview recently that he would rather see developers enjoy their creative freedoms instead of garnering respect from the entertainment industry and being tied down by regulations.
"(Developing video games) is really fun at the moment because we're not in any academy and the medium's not codified," Houser told the Telegraph. "There's no accepted way of doing anything so that give us enormous pleasure because we can make it up as we go along.
"Movies and TV and books have become so structured in the way they have to approach things," he continued. "Not working in that environment gives us enormous freedom. I'd rather keep the freedom and not have the respect."
It's an interesting point and one that I tend to agree with. Right now, many shows and television segments need to go through a "standards and practices" check to ensure that what will be broadcast won't offend others. Films also go through a rigorous vetting process and each movie is rated based on its content. Trust me, it's nothing like the ESRB.
But as video games continue their rise in popularity, it might only be a matter of time before they finally reach the mainstream entertainment space and are considered an equal to films and movies. Once that happens, as Houser explains, the video game industry will be rocked by rules and scrutiny that could diminish its value to those of us who have enjoyed gaming for years.
Realizing that, I don't want to see the video game industry go mainstream.… Read more