2003: An Edgy Year For Videogames

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Well, since I was in the mood for writing about both videogames and the early-mid 2000s again, I thought that I’d take a look at one of the edgier years in the history of gaming. I am, of course, talking about 2003. Although, like any other year, there was a wide variety of games released in 2003, it definitely seems to be very representative of the “edgier” elements of the early-mid 2000s.

Whilst videogames had become more of a popular medium by 2003, they were – in the popular imagination at least – still somewhat associated with teenagers and twenty-somethings. Videogame culture at the time, from the magazines I remember reading back then, was still squarely aimed at these age groups, albeit less than during the late 1990s.

Also, although “violent videogames” controversies were more intense during the 1990s, they were still very much a thing in 2003. And, unlike…

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