As GamePolitics noted yesterday, newsman Daniel Sieberg is reporting a three-part series, "The Games Our Children Play," this week on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.
The first installment ran last evening and featured Amanda Lenhart of the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Earlier yesterday Pew released Teens, Video Game & Civics, a comprehensive study on the role of games in the lives of modern American youth. Said Lenhart:
I think we have this image that people who play games are playing them alone in a dark basement and in fact what we found is that the majority of teens engage with other people most of the time… There’s a real promise here to harness the enthusiasm of young people for games and to use that to help them learn things more effectively in the classroom.
GP: It is a significant moment for video gaming when a network news program begins to wonder if games are actually a positive force. Maybe especially when it’s this network news program, since anchor Katie Couric has generally been dismissive of games in the past.
Chalk the newfound respect up to the Pew study, which will go a long way toward establishing positive buzz for gaming among traditional media outlets as well as mainstream, non-gaming types in government and academia.