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January 22, 2010

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graeme wood

Respect for not only reading the article but also highlighting just how nonsensical it is. So much more constructive than my approach when I saw Metro this morning, which was largely based on shouting at an inanimate object ;-)

Tim Forrest

this all smacks of red flags in front of motor vehicles and the Victorian belief that at speeds in excess of 30 mph humans would suffocate.

talking of extremism, the Swiss are giving the venerable art of the poster a bad name in their referendum backed bid to ban the building of mosques in Switzerland:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/17/arts/design/17abroad.html

clare

uhuh. got to say if your boy turns out like my eldest, you may come to feel very slightly different.

its not that i mind him gaming. i think its interesting, can be mentally stimulating, broadens his cultural references (he got into anime / hideo miyazake via pokemon battle dimension), it can be quite active, its great for concentration and its a huge currency in his friendships. plus he's fucking awesome at gaming - everything from mariokart to problem solving games like the lego batman etc series which gives him playground kudos.

and yet. i kind of know its totally taken over his brain. he is constantly thinking and talking about games (admittedly a wide range of them) to the exclusion of almost everything else, and basically runs around playing games in his head when he's not on them (and we do limit him, like good victorian parents!)

i'm not sure this is A Good Thing.

though he says he wants to be a game designer when he grows up, and thats fine by me!

toby

Hi Clare,

I do understand your perspective, but I must say I think there's a generational thing going on here.

Many years ago I expressed my mild surprise that a very posh school friend of mine was going to study film at university. She went mental - 'If I'd told you that I was going to study literature, or art, you wouldn't be at all surprised!' She was right.
A little experiment for you - go bcak through your comment and replace 'game' with 'book' and 'gaming' with 'reading'.

Would you feel different?

clare

ha ha. my husband feels pretty much the same way about reading - on seeing him in the garden with a book last summer he went mad "what the hell is he DOING??? WHAT IS WRONG WITH THAT CHILD? etc etc"

you're right of course - think the concern is more about living too much in your head and not in the real world. gaming (like reading) is a tool & facilitator rather than a cause. i know lots of very successful people share this but its still not that great for the social skills. as you can tell from the great man who sang theres more to life than books you know but not much more.

xx

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