Friday, July 15, 2011

The "Dumbing Down" of Video Games?

My husband and I are fans of the humour website Cracked ( and one of today's articles talked about 5 Crucial Lessons Learned By Watching Kids Play Video Games. Be forewarned, there's a lot of profanity in the article.

The two of us chatted after reading the essay together. (We read articles out loud to each other, which can either be geeky or charming, depending on your point of view.) The writer made some good points about infinite lives and skipping the reading (two negatives) as well as changing the universe (a positive). I know we've had to ask or remind our son to not bypass the text, partly because he's missing some important information that will save him frustration later in the game, and partly because as we watch him play the game, we'd like to know what on earth is going on in the "plot" of the game. I'll let you read the composition for yourself and make your own conclusions.

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