Tabloid Games

5 06 2007

The discourse of News Games widens: An interesting post at Gameology points toward the crass end of the spectrum, dubbing such examples "tabloid games":

I’m more interested in how the game takes an arguably news-worthy event and presents it by appealing to the lowest common denominator. GSN’s goal isn’t to offend or be provocative, however, or even to educate us about what happened. Rather, this game is news in the way that Entertainment Tonight or Access Hollywood is news — something did actually happen, but the angle for covering it is fluffy with a hint of derision. And even though these games share their jokes with late-night TV, I think GSN’s games should still be considered news games, but perhaps its appropriate to think of them as a subset thereof. Let’s call it “tabloid gaming.”

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