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The video game, between practices and prejudices, on France Culture

For journalist Antoine Tricot, “it's time to look at video games as a normal cultural object, with its good and bad sides. »FRANCE CULTURE

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“It is time to look at video games as a normal cultural object, with its good and bad sides. “ For Antoine Tricot, this means exploring the multiple dimensions of an art that has become an industry, a demonized hobby and yet mainstream, a cultural practice now professionalized and an economic sector in its own right.

“Since the spring of 2019, addiction to video games has been recognized as a mental illness by the World Health Organization”, recalls the journalist in his documentary in four parts, broadcast as part of the Documentary Series of France Culture. He deplores the “Stubborn prejudice” against this hobby, regularly held for “Responsible for a failure of youth”, while near ” three quarters “ of French people say “Play at least occasionally”. “I'm going to be 76”, explains Marie-Jo, who has been playing since 1992, in the first episode. “I spend at least an hour there and up to eight hours! “

Sexism and collectors

Antoine Tricot not only asked amateur players about their practice, but he also went to meet “professional” players, who challenge themselves in competitions followed by millions of Internet users around the world, notably on platforms. streaming forms like Twitch. The documentary maker was also interested in the companies and technicians who design the games: the hypercompetitive sector weighed no less than 120 billion dollars in 2018, he recalls.

It also addresses the recurrent and sometimes controversial debates on the place of women in the sector, known for its sexism. Lighter, he is also interested in the object as such and in the cult it arouses: there are many “gamers” to collect old consoles and “vintage” games, as we collect “Old books or masterpieces” … Video games, a good financial investment?

Whether you are an ace of Fortnite or an occasional online solitaire player, this podcast will certainly resonate with everyone's own practice, and shed light, with a lot of pedagogy, on the many dimensions of this popular leisure activity which is also an art in its own right.

Video games are life!, documentary series by Antoine Tricot, produced by Rafik Zenine for La Série documentaire (4 x 53 min), on France Culture and on-demand podcast platforms.

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