CBS has posted a video clip called "Video Games Not Just For Kids", as if that were some sort of big revelation. The piece originally aired last night on CBS Evening News. Making matters worse is the completely idiotic text CBS uses to describe the video:
"According to a recent survey, more than half of U.S. adults play video games, although they're not very forthcoming about it. Daniel Sieberg opens the door on closet gamers."
The video features plenty of sound bites from Alex Brewer. According to CBS, Brewer works at a PR firm and it's "unusual" for him to be playing Rock Band in the office. According to me, he works at the HighWater Group, a PR firm that specializes in gaming, so there's nothing unusual about it at all...except for maybe the drummer, who is kind of a tool (totally kidding Matt).
Aside from the figures the video cites, the report is pretty much garbage. It was clearly written and produced by people that are completely out of touch and don't know what the hell they're talking about. Considering that many adults grew up with games, it's not surprising that they play them today. Somehow, the segment writer completely missed out on the fact that Sony started bringing gaming to the mainstream -- adults included -- with the PlayStation more than a decade ago.
It pisses me off that huge outlets like CBS are still reporting on the "stigma" of adults playing games. It's also pretty weak that CBS tried to pawn off people in the gaming industry as typical office workers that were just blowing off steam with Rock Band. What do you guys and gals think? Am I overreacting? Is this report as bad as I think it is? Should I ask you to leave nasty comments on CBS' web site?