Are Video Games Comparable “Heroin and Teenage Pregnancy”?

Would you let your kids (or future kids) play video games? If you’re Giles Whittell of The Times then your answer is a commanding “NO!”. I don’t hate him for his anti-video game stance. At least, not this time. Rather my main ‘beef’ with this guy is over his reason for not allowing his deprived offspring of the sweet succulent nectar that is Haze video games.

I hate video games, on or offline. I hate the way they suck real people into fake worlds and hold on to them for decades at a time. I hate being made to feel hateful for saying so, and I hate being told to immerse myself in them before passing judgment, because it feels like being told to immerse myself in smack and teenage pregnancy before passing judgment on them.

You could just as easily replace video games with any entertainment medium and alter a few words in the paragraph to say anything. Books, movies, music, you name it, he could hate it. From what I can tell, he’s an anti-video game fanboy. An irrational hatred of something he probably has never owned and talks crap about it. I thought such acts were designated for internet douchebags and comedy writers. Makes you wonder what he spends his time doing, besides writing. Maybe that’s all he does.

Video games: I’ll never buy one [Times Online]

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