In this article David Crookes complains that Jon Snow doesn't 'get it' about video games. Crookes lauds the fact that the various top games are mainstream news and complains that Snow thinks they are for kids.
Crookes attempts to be ironic by saying that if the kids are around thirty and can buy games at £60 a pop, then they are high flying kids, indeed. For, he says, that is the profile of the typical gamer.
He misses the point. He thinks that being thirty and having a disposable income means that they are not kids, whereas it is the other way round. Being addicted to spending that much time and money on video games, means that, at thirty, they are still kids! They just have not grown up yet.
Adolescence is demonstrated by Charlie Brooker as he attempts to show Snow various games during the original interview. About four minutes in he attempts to put a new dvd into the laptop and then has a tantrum when he can not find out where to insert it - voice rising, he calls repeatedly for someone to help him, finally threatening to 'pick it up and smash it'.
Sitting in front of a video console, you can only play by somebody else's rules. You are constrained by the mind of the game's designer and the limitations of the software and hardware. Stuck in someone else's game, with no opportunity to change the rules - or make up new ones - might be good training for corporate employment or a stay in Guantanemo, but it sucks as a way of life.
Research shows that when you literally sit somebody in a box - they can not 'think out of the box'. They feel constrained by their environment. Set somebody loose to wander around through gardens and parks and they become much more capable of creative thinking.
Crookes promotes the physical and mental skills that video games require. Perhaps he need to get out more.
Posted by Nicholas Moore 7:57:30 pm