Which big internet company still doesn’t understand videogames?

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I used to read specific publications for news. These days, out of laziness, I just swing by Google news on the way to checking my email. All the news that’s fit to print — and then some — is arranged in handy categories. World, U.S., sports, health, technology, entertainment.

But why is everything relating to videogames clustered under technology? What does a Bioshock Infinite review or a GDC announcement or Diablo 3’s success have to do with technology? Or, more precisely, why does it have more to do with technology more than any given movie, which is where it belongs under entertainment? Don’t movies use even more technology than videogames?

To many people, videogaming is a facet of the platform on which it’s played. The news isn’t about videogaming so much as it’s about Xboxes or PC or iPads. Which is absurd and a far greater obstacle to meaningful videogame discussion than the idea that videogames are for kids. At least other stuff for kids — The Croods, for instance — is evaluated on more dramatic terms than the latest cell phones. For me, the next milestone in public acceptance will be when videogame news lives where it belongs next to TV news, movie news, and music news. Videogames are entertainment, not technology.

But maybe I shouldn’t complain. Entertainment is the same category where I found out that Justin Beiber’s monkey was confiscated by German customs agents. That uses up a space in my brain where I could instead know the capital of Latvia.

(The answer to the question in the headline is “both of them”. Yahoo, which includes esoteric categories such as fashion and theater under entertainment, has everything videogame related under technology.)