Wednesday, February 05, 2014

What The Kids Say About Vidja Games

Are video games bad for you? That is the question Game Dave poised to children under 10. Some of the responses are expected, that games are fun and teach you a lot of things. But some kids really don't like games. In fact, some feel that games are bad for your eyes and will make you eat things that you've never tried before, according to 8 year old Marie. Wait...eating new things is bad? I'm echoing Mike Fahey's statement. 'What are we teaching our children?'

Now I know that this video was made in jest, but it does involve real kids with real opinions, and their inability to spell (again, why are we teaching youngsters that they don't need to learn spelling and can just use Microsoft's infamously bad spell-check program? Another aspect to question on what we're instilling into our youth). Many of the things that kids know about video games come from their peers, family, and their teachers. The ones who are echoing negative statements are showing just how little adults know about video games, assuming that they're all bad and will cause irreparable damage for illogical reasons. Hurt your eyes? It's no worse then looking at a computer screen for 8 hours a day, which most of us do at our jobs. And even then, gaming is usually done far less on a daily basis that the amount of eye strain is non-existent by comparison.

Wait...wasn't the eye argument the same one our parents told us about television? And their parents before them? I know my eyesight issues are genetic and have nothing to do with tv. If anything, tv has helped me maintain some accuracy with my nearsighted-ness.

And eating new foods? Where did that come from? I'm assuming Marie thinks kids turn into mindless zombies while playing a game that they'll eat anything on the ground in front of them, like bugs and pet hair. Because kids don't do the same thing when Dora the Explorer or Spongebob are on, right? But this also seems really silly and had to have been put into that poor girl's head by her parents or teachers. Why is it a bad thing to try and eat new things? Kids are notoriously picky eaters. Get a kid to eat fish or vegetables because of a game's influence is a GOOD THING. Not bad at all. I personally want to try and make the food I've seen in a few games come to life. And if that can convince a kid to try broccoli, why is that a bad thing?

This is one of the few times where I strongly encourage that people read the comments on the Kotaku article. Many of them are echoing the same concerns that kids are being led to believe things that are not accurate about games and the media at all. Instead, they parrot their parents behavior and comments believing it to be correct.

We have a long way to go to make this a gamers world.


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