Virtual worlds and games. . .hmmm, I barely have enough time for things going on in my actual world.
It should come as no surprise to anyone at this point, but I don’t play video games. About every six or seven months I will play a game of Mario Kart with my husband, but that’s it. In fact, the only time I ever played games with any real consistency was when I was 8 years old. . .and it was on an Atari 2600 or my dad’s Commodore 64.
Gaming has just never really held any appeal for me. Mainly because I stay very busy with work, school, my daughter and my other obligations. Perhaps it is because I have never really given it any thought or attention. Maybe if I played then I would find that I loved it. . .but I just don’t understand how anyone has the time to do that for hours on end.
I’m not saying there aren’t any pros to gaming and virtual worlds, but I just don’t see it. I feel that kids need to get outside and play more and spend less time sitting in front of the television (or computer). I have some very good friends that love these games and spend quite a bit of time playing them, and still find time to go hiking and enjoy the “real” world too. However, they aren’t in school and they don’t have children.
So, I looked up the advantages and disadvantages of gaming. I have to say, although I don’t necessarily disagree with their advantages, I don’t totally agree either. I think that a lot of the things on the list, such as “teaching people about life” could better be done away from the computer. Perhaps I am a stick in the mud, but I just feel that more and more people are becoming less social and less connected because of the amount of time spent online or in front of the television.
Again, my perspective is a bit (or a lot) skewed because I have never played these games. I would say “perhaps someday,” but I really don’t ever see myself diving into that world.