Originally posted on VentureBeat:

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In the dawning of a new year and the midst of difficult times for video games — between government spotlight and media scapegoats — a longtime and passionate gamer may or may not find himself reflecting on the current state of video games. After all, this is something of great importance to us, more important than many onlookers may understand. Just as others easily become engrossed in the sports season or their favorite running television series, those who love video games truly see them as more than just entertainment to pass the time.

With 2012 behind us, we look forward into the future of video games with both wonder and angst.

 Maturing of the medium

In the past few years, titles such as Heavy Rain, The Walking Dead, or almost any game showcasing an in-depth and involved storyline stands as proof of how video games have matured and reached new heights as…

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