12 November 2006

Are games evil?

If you wish to read an unbiased "article". You should stop now.

Firstly, some fun facts:
1. Gaming is a larger industry than movies.
2. Despite the steady growth of games, the rate of violent crimes remained the same.
3. The Sims was the best selling game of all times.
4. WOW captured 50% of the MMORPG market.
5. Professional gamers earn more in a month than you do in a year.
Some double standards:
1. There's more sex in movies where in games it often just... blank out.
2. There's more violence in movies.
3. There's more blood.
4. There's more swearing.
5. Young kids DO watch movies.

Computer games have long being regarded as a kid's pastime and give perfect ammunition for politicians hoping to score points. "Protect our kids!", they say. Meanwhile, Oscars were dished out for more and more "realistic" movies.

Ah? So it's the addiction? If I don't have games, I have books. If I don't have books, I have the TV. If I don't have TV, I can daydream. Addiction can come in any forms. If you bulldoze all the LAN shops in the country, there would still be comic shops. If you take them away, there will be the movie theatres. The shopping centres. The arcade. Even hanging out at fast-food restaurants. Can you take them all away?

Kids simply want to have fun and it can take any form. At least they are not sniffing drugs.


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