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GTA ready to hijack top spot

From Tuesday's Globe and Mail

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  1. charlie bistro from Toronto, Canada writes: Q: In 1967, the Beatles "Sgt. Pepper" album came out, and kids bought roughly 40-50 million copies and spent hours listening to it etc. and it is now considered to be a significant part of popular culture. In 1985 Super Mario Bros. sold about the same amount of copies and kids spent hours playing it. Is Super Mario as culturally significant as the Beatles?
  2. Ray Japan from Japan, Japan writes: Charlie: Sure, why not? I'm someone who grew up in the 80s and know of Super Mario Bros but have never heard a Beatles album nor do I own one [or ever plan to]. Perhaps I am culturally out-of-touch, or it could mean that "cultural significance" varies with the decade and rather that saying something is culturally significant, it might be better to say it with a year -- something is significant in the 60s, others in the 80s, and things like GTA, in the 2000s. Nothing wrong with that. Give the present-day generation their GTA rather than forcing Beatles on to them (whether or not you like GTA; I'm not a fan and would prefer Super Mario!).
  3. Adam Berel Wetstein from Toronto, Canada writes: No because both genders listen to the the Beatles and only geeky boys played Super Mario.
  4. Ross H from Muskoka, Canada writes: GTA = greater toronto area??
  5. Bored Worker from Woodstock, Canada writes: The Beatles album is more culturally signifcant now because the people who grew up idlizing the Beatles are in a position to integrate that into the media and leave references everywhere in pop culture. In another 10 years or so, kids my age who grew up with Mario are going to start integrating a lifetime of having video games into pop cuture as we'll start to take over the higher-profile positions. Just look at all the video game references in Robot Chicken. Seth Green is in his 20's....
  6. Jon B from Saskatoon, Canada writes: Thanks for the insight Adam Berel Wetstein. Your contribution to intelligent dialogue will resound throughout the ages as a shining beacon of genius the likes of which would make the greatest rhetoricists of history pale by comparison. Please accept my nomination of you for the Nobel Prize in everything.

    I suspect it's lost on you so I'll highlight that the above is the very epitome of sarcasm. But enough of you ... I should know better than to feed the trolls.

    Mario Brothers is indeed now a cultural piece. The very continuance of the franchise 25 years later speaks to the truth of that. As with any successful cultural piece, the value, or at least recognition, of it only increases with time. The Beatles simply got the head start they have as a result of the existing state of technological progress. Modern games like Halo, Grand Theft Auto etc. will have their place in the cultural mosaic. They may even find their way there sooner since, as Bored Worker points out, the audience is closer to the age of creating referential works than the mario crowd of old was then.
  7. Dean The Machine from Winnipeg, Canada writes: Is our lives that tightly controlled regulated that we need a virtual world were we can go and be as naughty as we want and not think of the morality or consequences behind our actions? If so then the we should thank the video game industry for curtailing civil unrest in our day and age?

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