Alright boys and girls.
It's about time I wrote about this subject because it has been brought up with me and my parents quite often for we both take opposing views on them.
I sit here now in retrospect, remembering my childhood; which was not long ago for I am about 20 years old.
Looking back I realize that video games played a HUGE part in me growing up. They played such a large part of my life in fact that even today I still play video games because they just keep getting better and better. I remember in elementary school I played a game named Banjo and Kazooie on the Nintendo 64 and then later into Ratchet and Clank on the Playstation 2. Additionally into Middle and High School I played Star Wars Battlefront and Age of Mythology on my mother's Macintosh computer. Furthermore into Halo 3 and Call of Duty on the XBox and finally World of Warcraft on the PC.
For understanding about how far Video games have come take a look at this video because it looks fucking REAL.
Video games played a significant role in my social life too because the "Cool" kids played the games that were violent which my parents never allowed me to play. I went over to friends houses where we played Gory, and violent games like Medal of Honor. The more adult-like the better. When friends would come over to my house we played video games all day. I remember before all this when I was very very young I had a neighbor directly behind me who was my best friend. We played outside with water balloons, and skateboarded on my mini ramp, unfortunately he moved away, I never saw him again and that was when the outside life ended.
My parents signed me up on the Baseball and Soccer to compensate, I never really liked sports because I thought they were boring. I wasn't all for "Physical activity" I was more in the realm of "Mental activity" (as why I am on this site) I would always space out so I was never very good at any sports.
Now to give you guys some context I was never a social butterfly. Didn't have a lot of friends, nor did I really make any new ones.
School did not have my passion or interest, my mind was ridden with anxiety and confusion about my place in society.
The only place I had which gave me pleasure and connection was video games. At this point I would play alone; but I wasn't really alone because I could be with 1-24-40 different people at once all playing the same game communicating via voice headset. We all explored the endless possibilities of the digital world. Games brought us together and we had so much fun. Every day we would log in at the same time and play for hours.
You see my parents didn't like this. Not one bit.
They thought video games were an addiction, like a drug.
But it was really a lifestyle. They thought the friends I made Online were not "real" friends, but the problem was the ones who they thought were "Real friends" on the soccer and baseball teams I could not relate with and who I did not like very much. In the virtual there is no social pecking order, everybody is friendly for the most part.
My parents tried to pry me away from video games as much as they could, and still give me shit for the most part.
This is where we disagree across a schism of understanding.
Looking back I do not regret AT ALL the time I spent playing video games. It was so much fucking fun I would go back and do it again.
I do have balance mind you, I have a love and passion for backpacking. I appreciate the outdoors and have spent much time out in the wilderness.
I love deep breaths of fresh air and drinking pure spring water. I try to meditate and now I have a passion for school and all things learning. But the existential crisis that youth comes with was quite the struggle; but a struggle we are lucky to have.
As far as computers today society and the workforce is becoming more and more dependent on computers. It is becoming necessary for people to learn how to use a computer very well. My dream job, Lighting Design for live music shows will be entirely dependent on my ability to program lights to music. In this day so much is possible with computers that it seems like one is missing out on SOOOO much if one does not have a computer.
It seems like people from earlier generations like my parents are trying to hold on to the way their childhood unfolded by rejecting video games completely. This does not let the new age of the Digerati come about. It doesn't make sense to me to deprive a kid of technology; I had so much fun in my childhood because of video games that it fills me with happiness to think about. Since Video games have evolved so far into the modern age I can't see how a kid is going to relate with their peers w/out experiencing technology. Additionally, I know the internet opens up all sorts of ways for kids to see violence, gore, and sex and to that I say it's all yours kid, welcome to the world we live in.
Additionally, video games have the power to connect people from around the world. They can connect family members and friends who are far away and bring together communities with similar interests.
What do you guys think of video games and technology in general? Is it healthy in a balanced life? Is it necessary for the way the world is evolving?
Edited by Saphroziac, 20 December 2015 - 11:17 PM.