"First off, let's take a moment to create an image of a gamer. What gender are they? How do they look? How do they act? What is their social life like? Chances are you probably did that with ease and are ready to continue."
So true, and yet I lol'd.
Running a 'business' in a game is often seen as a waste of time. The argument that he learns from games is simply dismissed with: "It's a game, it's not real. It's different in real-life."
I partially agree with this, but I really think gaming should be placed on a slightly higher pedestal than it is now.
Being addicted to games is ridiculous in my opinion... Sure, I like it, and I sure as heck won't stop no matter how many people complain, but it's not like I'll start writing weird stuff on the wall if I can't play games for the rest of my life. I'd just be a sad beaver.
I've also befriended someone from the UK in the original Halo on the PC years ago. We were both... 14-15 years old? Thing is, we're still friends even now about 5-6 years later and we rarely play games now. We're both a bit too busy for that.
I don't think gaming as a whole could do much harm. There's always the odd-ball that takes games too seriously but the same thing could happen from watching too much TV.
Bottom line(s): I think gaming is meant as entertainment. Fun. Doing something you can't do in real life.
[Edited by Monkey007, 12/19/2011 12:09:21 PM]