These days, writing about video games feels more important than writing about politics. A new creature has been birthed and is in danger of giving in to its most adolescent impulses.

Don’t worry: Games can still be fun. Shooting galleries will always be with us. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that the creation of joy is nothing to sneer at.

But video games are also the stage for a great debate over whether they are a healthy course in an intelligent person’s cultural meal.

Chris Suellentrop. So the great thing about video games is that they provide a “stage” for a debate about the value of video games?