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Jacobson: “Still a lot of work to do” to get games industry properly recognised

Monday, 10th January 2011 14:54 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Sports Interactive boss Miles Jacobson has said that there’s “still a lot of work to do” in terms of getting the games industry the recognition it deserves, both “in the business world, and in education”.

“It’s frustrating to still be in the stage of the industry still being blamed for lots of things in the same way as rock and roll was, or even the waltz back in the day,” Jacobson said in an interview with The Guardian.

“It is still the case for many publications and commentators that ‘games are evil,’ but it’s just another form of entertainment, and I don’t personally get the difference between violent films, books, music or games.

“If one of them is bad, all of them should be. Which would mean most Shakespeare books wouldn’t be able to be taught in schools any more.”

He went on to add: “The government does recognise gaming, as did the previous government, as they’ve seen tax revenues from the industry go up.

“But there’s still a lot of work to do there, in the business world, and in education – working in games is still not seen as a career choice by many schools, which is sad and something we need to change, particularly to help ensure that people get the relevant skills they need, such as maths, physics, art and animation.”

Jacobson was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List, for which he told VG247 at the time the recognition was “important” for the industry.

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8 Comments

  1. Happy Hardon Harry

    The games industry will never be taken seriously until all the consoletards grow up and stop bitching about who has the best exclusives or who’s system has sold the most?

    Who wants to be part of that fuck-witted mob…

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Blerk

    I dunno, you seem to be doing quite well. :-D

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Crysis

    You act as if pc gamers are innocent.
    But you’re kind of right, it’s pretty much down to stereotypes, they assume we’re all overweight 12 year olds with glasses & serious social problems.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. StolenGlory

    I love all this talk about the gaming industry being taken seriously from a ‘Dev’ who makes glorified spreadsheets and sells them on at a premium.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Gekidami

    @3
    How is he acting as if PC gamers are innocent when his post is so incriminating?

    #5 4 years ago
  6. theevilaires

    @1 Just like the sports entertainment industry. Who wants to be part of that with ass holes fighting over other men performance on a fucking football or baseball field. The stupid rivalry between New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox is totally acceptable especially when it comes to fist fights, bar fights, stabbings, vandalism, and other stupidity.

    You’re right HHH fanboys of consoles are much worst and deserve to be treated with no respect and the games industry most talented devs (naughty dog, Santa Monica, Isomniac, and many others) derseve to stay in the shadows because of guys calling each other XBOT and sony sheep.

    I got an idea how about we tie you up to a post you piece of shit cock sucker mother fucker and beat the living shit out of you and hang you to a cross in the middle of a corn field and let buzzards swoop down and peck your eye balls out you face and rip the flesh off your body slowly so you can die for the sins of the many fanboys who are causing so much grief and maybe…..just maybe we will all take notice how stupid we all really are and that our beloved wise ass jackass voice of reason pal Happy Hardon Harry sacrificed his life so we could all live in video game peace

    ……or you can STFU! Your choice. :D

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    @8, Sounds cool, but too long.

    It must be short like movies or music or games.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Crysis

    @7, Interactive Entertainment…

    #8 4 years ago

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