Video Games, Fashion, and the Stupefaction Industrial Complex

In The New Inquiry, Michael Thomsen reviewed Ian’s Bogost’s How to Do Things with Videogames (

 A question came up concerning the general idea that video games are being stifled from reaching their highest potential: “How does one change an industry (video game) that is forced to cater to consumers who want so little?” I decided to have fun and replied. The basis of what I was trying to get at was the willful conformity, often to regimes that go against one’s own interests, that see I individuals pursuing in order to maintain or gain an illusory sense of emotional or intellectual well being contrary to the material aspects of their reality. This required loose subjectivity which essentially prevents one from adhering to something (or anything for that matter) then gets translated into an increasingly dominate passivity in regards to the acceptance of the existence, promotion, and the increasing prevalence of empty art (i.e. “everything’s already been done, what’s the point of striving for something new” and “artists have to make money! whaaa, whaaa!”). Which is what it is; but, when you’re ready to talk about the root issues related to all of this nonsense then I’ll listen.

I Can’t Get No!  (Mediated) Satisfaction!

Why do you feel that you have a right to change the industry in the first place? Or change anything for that matter? The only thing you can change is yourself- so learn to enjoy killing those 1000s of AI enemies… It’s a process called socialization. You change and conform to your social environment; not the other way around.

That’s the problem with the OWS protesters… They’re refusing to conform and submit to the social environment in which they were born and as a result they’re facing general discontentment and adverse reactions from the larger population; all of which come from their choice not to become socialized.

Could video games offer more? (Think of Marv Albert) Yes. Could visual art, music, theater, literature, and film actually become interesting again? Maybe; but, not with the smelly, ugly beast known as capitalism sitting in the room, taking up all of the space, breathing in all of the air, and generally stinking up everything.

Anymore its seems that within this country people want to maintain and hide the ways in which they are privileged and rail against all the ways in which they are discriminated against. The thing is that we are all privileged in different ways and we are all employed as full time privilege hiders and convenient deniers. Likewise, we are all railing against the same different things simultaneously. Its exhausting and ends up producing things like fast fashion, Justin Timerlake(s), and social media.

(and I try, and I try, and I try, and I try)