Unfortunately no. Maybe in the future they will be taken more seriously and not just immediately referred to as something bad. It's really funny when parents complain about their teens playing games for a few hours a day. They could be doing MUCH worse things with their time.
I'm sure that if you play it with someone who isnt into games, they'll be very impressed. But change their view on gaming as a whole? Like make them think its a serious medium? Sure, if this was the only game in the world, but as soon as they go out and see some mindless shooter or whatever the next toy-game Nintendo are making, they'll instantly swich back to "games are for kids".
Its a generational thing... Like Rock and Roll, it won't really find acceptance till the bulk of its listeners (or in this case players/gamers) find themselves in those seats of power...
At which time they will blame something newer for the failures of society...
It is really shame that video games are this era's "evil entertainment". Like inmate, before it was rock and roll, comics, banned books, etc. Guess the good news is that all those mediums have been accepted and praised by the general population now. So maybe once the next generation grows up and have their children, the general consensus will have shifted. And the great thing is that I and the rest of my generation will be around to see that change.
Yup, it really is amazing how history repeats itself... Luckily, the "evils" are doing a better job of protecting themselves these days and have learned from the previous "evil" time in the limelight... Comics nearly died during the "Seduction of the Innocent" era... Truth be told it has never recovered in sales but now its the bookends of nearly all media entertainment. (Movies, games, TV, etc.)
I never understood the parental aversion to their kid sitting down and playing games. Especially considering that one also sits for an hour or two to read a book. Sure many books may be more mentally stimulating, but games are unique in their own. Through online, one can build diverse friendships that span the globe or just meet up with their friends from school. They teach resource management, decision making, and just provide a narrative in a more hands-on engrossing way.
Mmmm, I'll have to disagree with you on that point where books can be more stimulating. I am a bodybuilder/powerlifter. When I play a game that has a huge character, like Marcus Fenix, it stimulates myself to workout. And that's actually mental, because sometimes I need that extra image or push to workout. I've learned a lot more from video games than books, tbh. I've learned about morales, ethics, wars, hate, punishment, math, geometry, physics, art, basically all the useless crap that I don't remember from school because it was boring as hell.
A perfect example. In school, I learned about submarines and ballast tanks, what they do, all that jazz. In Gears of War 3, you have to repair a sub, and part of that is gathering stuff for a ballast tank. A huge refresher on what they do. I think with all the politicians wanting to do away with violent video games, that video games are going to end up having a huge decline. Maybe something like the prohibition back in the day. You never know. I would hope that video games take on a more central role within media. It's a far more engaging type of entertainment than movies and tv.