This essay originally appeared in The Huffington Post.
In a recent speech to a group of students at TechBoston in Dorchestor, Massachusetts. President Obama had this to say about video games:
I’m calling for investments in educational technology that will help create … educational software that is as compelling as the best video game. I want you guys to be stuck on a video game that’s teaching you something other just blowing something up.
When I started my career in video games in the early 1990s, the idea of a sitting president saying anything positive about video games was pretty much unthinkable. Back then, the medium was routinely vilified by politicians and generally dismissed as a frivolous waste of time by everyone else.
Perceptions of video games are definitely changing.