Out of Touch Mom: Videogames Created by Satan

January 6, 2010 -

A staff writer for the Orange County Register took to her blog for a long-winded diatribe against videogames, even going so far as to say she believes that games were invented by Satan.

While scribe Marla Jo Fisher may be trying to write down to her “Frumpy Middle-aged Mom” tag, and possibly attempting to inject some humor into the article, her anti-game prejudice is no laughing matter.

A parent, she notes that her house is the only one on the block with no videogames at all and claims to have had her anti-game attitude reinforced even more after reading the recent story of a mom calling 911 to get her kid to stop playing games. Most horrifying however, in an event that scarred her for life, Fisher once saw a kid walking out of a library playing a Nintendo DS.

Fisher wonders how the current crop of game-obsessed children will ever learn or accomplish anything:

Here’s my question: When do kids ever think these days? When do they ever have brains free from electronics long enough to ponder the universe? To think of things that might someday lead them to a cure for cancer?

If Sir Isaac Newton had been playing a DS, I’m sure he never would have noticed the apple falling from the tree, so he never would have formulated the theory of gravity.

Of course she finishes with a shot at the Grand Theft Auto series, asking if her kids would be able to learn how to be carjackers or how to outrun the police by playing the game, adding “Those are skills I really want my children to acquire.”

Thanks Andrew


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Do the non-militant atheists have a responsibility to keep the militant ones from being such arrogant dicks then? Unfortunatly they can't just like the 80% to 90% of Christians who are moderates or liberals in their Faith can't keep the dipshit fundamentalists from being who they are. Same thing can be said for any religion or philosophy or political belief.

P.S. - The majority of Christians think the Fundamentalists are crazy lunatics and dislike them more then even the atheists do as they give their faith a bad name.

 "No law means no law" - Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the First Amendment

"No law means no law" - Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the First Amendment

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"The non-fanatic Christians then have a responsibility to keep the lunatics within the fringe.  Unfortunately, they don't seem to be doing the job- just look at how Creationism, the apex of Christian fanatasism, is still a major component of the faith in America. 

I just don't see sensible Christians doing much to keep the fanatics in check- in fact, it seems the fanatics are keeping the sane elements of the faith repressed.  Christianity needs to reinvent it's image and paragigm quickly or else more and more people will be turned away.  This blogger mom isn't doing anyone any favors."

Normally, Zerodash, I can respect and agree with your opinions, but this? What is this supposed to mean? Am I, as a Christian, expected to like, hack this person's page and delete her rant or something? I mean, honestly, when you use the words 'in check' what do you honestly expect us to do?

Moreover, does this concept of yours transcend past religion? What I mean is, are all Germans responsible for... wait, can't invoke that law...

Are all Saudi Arabians, or anybody of a similar skin color, responsible for the terrorists, regardless of their religion? Are all people who own cats responsible for one guy who happens to own a cat that goes on a killing spree? I'm not suggesting that this is what you were implying, but how exactly does your concept of guilt-by-associationg work?

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I think Zerodash is saying that he isn't seeing the "Sane" Christians, however oxymoronic that phrase is, shouting down the Fringe. I happen to agree.

They aren't saying in any certain terms "Hey, you fringe freaks! You are wrong, and making us look bad. Please STFU!" Hell, they are barely even attempting to separate themselves from the fringe. Given how many, many religious folks behave, it's not hard to come to the conclusion that the frige owns the religion. The rest of you are tolerating the fringe's presence, and allowing them to hijack your beliefs.

Also, on a side note: "Are all people who own cats responsible for one guy who happens to own a cat that goes on a killing spree?" What the hell kind of cats do you own?? I want a murder-cat too!

 

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Sane-christians. Oxymoronic. Cute. Look, it's the frige is the minority and have little sway in chrisitianity (at least in my church). It's just that the frige ones that get a lot of the media attention.

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." -Albert Einstein

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So, did you just not read Overcast's post where he separates himself from the fringe?

You can't expect intelligent Christians to spend all their time chasing after idiots.  There will always be stupid people, and they stand out, because the 99% of Christians that aren't acting like idiots, aren't doing stupid things that you'll notice.

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I was too busy playing Age Of Conan to check back on replys :P

See - here's the thing: first off there's a difference between 'belief in God' and 'religion'. I can't control another person - be they Christian or whatever.

I mean another could say to you: so why can't you keep all your fellow ________ (whites, blacks, asians, etc) under control?

All I'm saying is - firstly; not all Christians are zealots trying to tell others what to do.

And Secondly; I don't like to interact with my God by being force-fed by some religion. I read the Bible myself, and I do listen to some preaching; but I mix it up - looking for truth, not agenda.

And - the very worst thing that ever really happened to 'Christians' - was organized religion. *To the corporate level; anyway.

Thanks - those replies weren't nearly as bad as I expected them to be!! lol

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 The way i see it, the reason the sane christians do not actively shout down the fanatics is because we lack the same zeal. It takes a great amount of zeal to become a public figure that everyone listens to and to go out and take action. It makes it seem bad that they do not have that zeal, but that's part of what keeps them sane. Becoming zealous in your faith is part of what leads one to trying to enforce their faith and will upon others; it LEADS to becoming crazy fanatics, which is what we want to avoid. 

As part of the sane christian's tolerance towards others and unwillingness to force their beliefs on others, it has become common place to just keep religion to themselves. Do not hide it, but do not bash it over anyone else's head. Most people who are christian you would not realize it at first, because they never talk about religion if no one bring's it up... Hell, my roommate for instance; i knew him for months without really knowing where he stood on religion (i never asked and the topic never came up), until i found out that he goes to church every sunday night; he's definitely the type of guy you would not even realize he was religious unless you asked him about it, and thats where a lot of religious end up being... but a the same time, he is also not someone who would get up on a stage to lead his people.

Though going back to my first point, being quiet, respectful and tolerate of other's belief's, makes a person ill suited to combat against the douche-baggery that get radio shows and tv spots... and when it comes to the news "respectful tolderance" doesn't deliver the same headlines as "crazy fanatic"... They do decry the religious fantaics, its just none of them are in a position to be heard. 

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I hate people like this. Not dislike, but hate! I wrote her a whole sarcastic opinion of what I think of what she said. She is full of shit & I read the whole story of what she said on her site too! Her view of thinking is so farfetched it is ridiculous!

 

 

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Christians are unable to separate fantasy/fiction from reality every damn day (like believing a cloven, bearded man with a pitchfork is trying to make them do bad things like play games or have sex, etc), and yet seem to have more issues with every other form of escapism. 

"I truly believe that video games were created by Satan to turn otherwise normal children into his drooling, glassy-eyed stooges"

Seriously, if not for this woman being serious it would almost be funny.  But the fact that people of this ilk exist in the droves that they do in America is simply sickening.  Myth and superstition are alive and well today, and these people represent a majority of voters in the most powerful country on the planet- and that is truly terrifying.

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Blanket statement, much?  ^^

"HEY! LISTEN!"

"HEY! LISTEN!"

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And sheeple follow trends and trend bash people because they think a certain line of thought could be linked to a entity of evil. Of coarse the problem tends to come down to believing to much and thinking you are better than others.....both sides have those kinds of monos running about....


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To some religious people, Satan is whatever evil force is attempting to dissuade them from being Christian and\or good.

Unfortunately, it can often be exactly what drives them to be willingly ignorant - science and even facts, or anything they don't like or where it leads, are instantly dismissed under the umbrella of 'Satan'.

Otherwise, she's the usual idiot making strawmen and making ridiculous statements. I suspect she's of the ilk that hate 'X' cultural activity because the children doing it are ignoring her religion.

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THus why I said "Of coarse the problem tends to come down to believing to much and thinking you are better than others.....both sides have those kinds of monos running about...."


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ZippyDSMlee: That's not quite about Satan though. I was making a point about those beliefs, which I disagree are a result of "believing too much" - Christians believe in Satan in the same way as God (They're both mentioned enough in the Bible), including, correct me if I'm wrong, even liberal Christians.

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Satan is both a entity and a "force" those that believe to much will say anything that goes against or mares there way of thinking is "Satan" thus they not only believe to much but are incapable of anything beyond black and white trains of thought, and as you know the world runs on a full spectrum rainbow of contrast..


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^this. 

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Isn't Satan the guy who judges if you get into heaven? What exactly is wrong with him making videogames?

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I think the translation of Satan is "Accuser",there was the whole incident involving wagering on a mortal's faith/soul (book of Job).

Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

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so in a way, the pot called the kettle black…

岩「…Where do masochists go when they die?」

岩「…I can see why Hasselbeck's worried about fake guns killing fake people. afterall, she's a fake journalist on a fake news channel」

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Hmmm who is this Satan chap? I wonder if I need to have him over for tea.

This is the part of my post where I tell you all not to be afraid of imaginary things and to especially not let those imaginary things rule your lives. They lock people up for that generally.

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Satan is the guy who christians worship. Let me elaborate:

  • christians believe all mankind was cursed by their god, Jealous (name revealed in Exodus 34:14), in the beginning.
  • Satan, one of Jealous' angels somehow took the blame.
  • they believe Jealous' son, Jesus, was sent to free mankind from the curse.
  • they believe Jesus, by committing suicide (sacrifice or not, he foresaw it, but made no attempt to stop it) on the cross, freed mankind from the curse by becoming the curse and dying (similar to the lamb on the first Passover and the ancient scapegoat ceremony of the Day of Atonement during the times of the Temple of Jerusalem)
  • they still blame the curse, for all the wrongs in the world today.

as a former christian, these are thing that I have been taught. the next one I discovered on my own:

Jesus reveals himself in Revelation 22:16 as the Morning Star, which translates into Latin as 'Lucifer', a name commonly ascribed to Satan by christians today.

which brings me to these two possible conclusions:

  1. if Satan is actually good, then he took it upon himself to become a scapegoat for the sake of mankind.
  2. if Satan is indeed evil, then he took the form of the savior of the world (he has been ascribed to take many forms, what more powerful form is there?) and played the first and biggest April Fools' prank ever (many historians believe Jesus was actually born around April)

no flamewars intended

岩「…Where do masochists go when they die?」

岩「…I can see why Hasselbeck's worried about fake guns killing fake people. afterall, she's a fake journalist on a fake news channel」

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Logic and reason it makes sence at least for the hatefull and unforgiving christains...but they make up less than half..... so meh


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Life's greatest mysteries are only solved after death.  And who are you to say that the devil is real or not?  There is more to this existence then can be explained with science or religion.

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THis is true but it coems down to moderating youerself from thinking you are always right...... man.....religoin has been trolling humanity long befor the net even exsisted 0-o


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Meh, I'm not arguing that there are zealous nuts out there, but you shouldn't judge everyone by the amounts of the....um...well I want to say of the few, but the vatican keeps popping into mind.

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I once had a dream about God. In it, he was looking down upon the planet and the havoc we recked and he said unto us, "Damn Kids get off my lawn!"

I once had a dream about God. In it, he was looking down upon the planet and the havoc we recked and he said unto us, "Damn Kids get off my lawn!"

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Ratros: Some people disagree, myself included. I believe death is the end of consciousness and that's all there is to it, anything else is unnecessary speculation or guesswork based on the supernatural.

There's no point holding out (and holding back) through life in the hope that 'afterwards' you'll be rewarded with some form of paradise. I choose to live for the moment instead.

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And I'm not arguing your beliefs, I just find it kinda astounding that some attack all religion based off the actions of the sterotypical nuts.  Reminds me of the way the media/politicians attack another group just because some nut job shares their hobby.

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I once had a dream about God. In it, he was looking down upon the planet and the havoc we recked and he said unto us, "Damn Kids get off my lawn!"

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Well if you boil it down religoin tries to balance a happy humble life with the harshness and cruleity of the world yes I know this is a ironic statement considering how religion tends to segment and rape but thats not what its meant to do, its humans being humans thinking they are better than others.THose that gain false enlightenment believe there path is the only way and must be forced upon others those that gain enlightenment lead by example.


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"This is the part of my post where I tell you all not to be afraid of imaginary things and to especially not let those imaginary things rule your lives. They lock people up for that generally."

THIS!!! 

So many people in this world devote thier lives to some imaginary thing, rather than paying attention to the real world.. Here's a thought: Rather than worrying about what some imaginary guy will say to you when you die, try worrying about how you are treating other people, and how you are making them feel. Remember, other people are real, living, breathing, and non-imagninary. They should take priority.

It's amazing how people can get away with believing in God, Bhudda, Shiva, or even Zombie Jesus, if that's your thing. They even talk to them, through prayer, and nobody questions it. This hypocrisy is so strong that the very people who talk to thier "acceptable" imaginary friends will lock people away in mental institutions for talking to "unacceptable" imaginary friends.

Even now, those people here who believe in thier imaginary friend will come to defend him, when I bash him, claiming that he's not imaginary, and he's totally real, and that we just can't see him. Sounds a whole lot like that guy muttering to himself in the padded room, if you ask me.

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Vlag


meh one can boil down religious philosophy into logical/reason and physiological states, the trouble will always be people who think they know and think they are better than and this happens in both religious and irreligious settings....


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Satan is mroe the dark side of the force the IE evil and hatered that lurks within man.

One can litarealize it as an entity but most would be better off seeing it as darker emotions and getting use to  them or addicted to them, as you can see great examples of which in the mile high moral club, we are always right do not dare question us.


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In a nation where public schools have to choose between books or music programs and access to higher education is more and more difficult I'm certain video-games are to blame for why our nation is no longer competitive with countries where anyone academically viable is able to attend university (and elementary schools are for teaching the fundamentals, not fundamentalism).  

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Wrong here.  Kids are more literate at earlier ages now then 10 and 20 years ago.  The theorized reason?  Video games.  They're fun, and make reading fun for the kids.

The reason why our schools aren't competitive (and you really have to specify the state, as some states are, while others aren't), is because the actual school system.   

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Which is in part due to funneling money to either over paid under utilized staff/administration or sports....


We need a solid academy system to replace the current stupid EDU system in the US, 80% of any money given to a school is prioritized to learning or the arts,sports is treated as music/arts currently is, the academy system I have in mind works on individual skill and puts them on a multi choice path of learning where their skills go into their first to third tier of skill learning. Teachers are treated like administrators are now the higher the the class score the higher the pay you try and dick with this process you are baned as a teacher on any level and marked as a felon. Collage is seamlessly added into this academy system where personal skill or ability hones their path of education. Only private schools may use any resource for sports and in order to be a private school you have to do twice better than public academy system which will do 5 times better than it dose now, if you can not you lose your private school status. Its a simple as that focus the money get rid of excess and raise up the national eduction system. If the sports nazis can not handle it let them invent clubs based on age ranges with a 50% tax on all profit. Much like separating money from government we need to separate stupid from the school system(not that sports is stupid it just needs less propriety ).


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True, here. While I could read well my entire life, my reading ability and vocabulary increased IMMENSELY from playing games like Diablo, Bauldur's Gate, and Final Fantasy. I learned more from those games than I probably learned in school, when it comes to reading comprehension and vocabulary. It's sad that people don't seem to realize that many games, especially tactical games and RPGs stimulate the brain in such a way as to promote critical thinking and work a developing kids intellect.

Some of the smartest people I know are gamers and D&D'ers. It's amazing that people don't see this.

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Right I didn't want to get into it too much but it is just criminal how it varies so much from district to district and state to state. A high school diploma actually means something in some places, whereas in others it's like a participation ribbon. 

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 A highschool diploma means so much in some areas because they're most likely areas where not too many people graduate high school.  Small towns and the like.  It doesn't really mean much outside of those small communities that they graduated high school.  

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A high school diploma shouldn't mean a damn thing ANYWHERE. If you can't graduate high school, you clearly aren't smart enough to make something of yourself in the world. Graduating high school is the equivalent of Learning to play a game. It's like, "OK, you've beaten the tutorial, now go out and make something of yourself." If you can't even beat the tutorial, you are a failure of epic proportions.

Thats not saying, of course, that High School should be easy, either. High school should not be a peiece of cake, by any means. It's basically the first pseudo-challenge you actually recieve in life, and if you fail at that, your life will almost certainly be filled with even more failures later.

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Most schools wouldn't have to decide between books and music programs if they didn't funnel so much of their funds into sports.

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While her initial premise (that games are created by Satan) is patently ridiculous, I do think she's got a point with this.

    Fisher wonders how the current crop of game-obsessed children will ever learn or accomplish anything: "Here’s my question: When do kids ever think these days? When do they ever have brains free from electronics long enough to ponder the universe? To think of things that might someday lead them to a cure for cancer?"

Well, the "cure for cancer" is probably a bit far-fetched, but I swear that kids today are dumber than when I grew up. Ask a kid what country the Panama Canal is in. Or how many stars on on the US flag? I know the answer and I'm Canadian. Whether it's video games or something else that's causing the dumbing down of America I certainly couldn't say, but it's definitely happening.

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 "I know the answer and I'm Canadian."  

Hey get off your high Canadian horse.  I hate the arrogance that some Canadians have.  Just ticks me off, I don't give a crap if you're Canadian and Canada's soooo much better than the United States.  The US has a ton of issues, and so does Canada, but do Canadians always have to be so arrogant while overlooking all your own issues?  

 

 

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but I swear that kids today are dumber than when I grew up.

The problem is, EVERY SINGLE EXPLITIVE GENERATION SAY THIS.  Sociaty is always just on the edge of ruin with the 'current' generation being the 'last good one'... people of ever decade decry the lowering standards of those who came after them.

The reality is, there is a pretty even distribution of idiots.  The only thing tha varries is how much one 'counts' them.

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That's right, when YOU were growing up everything was perfect and you learned everything perfectly!!!  Kids these days...THE NERVE...using all sorts of technology to learn anything and at a faster rate!!! HOW DARE THEM!!!  And their Internet!! What a load of crap, kids are reading more than ever!  What is wrong with these kids?!  When will we just SHUT DOWN ALL FORMS OF ENTERTAINMENT in this new digital age?!

 

 

BTW the good ol' days are a callin', they want their narrowmindedness back.

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Are you truly that clueless? I didn't say anything even remotely close to that. In fact, if anything your response proves my initial statements, because you seem to lack basic reading comprehension skills.

Stupid kids grow up to be stupid adults. Playing Halo doesn't make you smarter (although it may improve your hand/eye coordination).

I've got absolutely nothing against video games, I have owned several myself (and still do). I'm against anyone (kids or adults) who revel in their own ignorance.

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but I swear that kids today are dumber than when I grew up.

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This was a point I kinda disagreed with, kids don't get more stupid, you get smarter as you get older (hopefully anyway).  Just because kids have different knowledge than you did does not make them more stupid than you were.  When my dad might have been memorizing baseball facts that really ends up trivial, I was memorizing the names of pokemon and what moves they could learn, also will be trivial eventually.  But can you really hold one of these two things above the other?


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When you have a culture that believes that good science is evil (evolution), that people who like to study and learn should be ridiculed (nerds) and significant revision of even recent history (we didn't go into Iraq looking for WMDS) - is it any wonder people are getting dumber?  I think there are more influential factors that contribute to studipity... and I think it's obvious that those factors highly affect this woman.

------- Morality has always been in decline. As you get older, you notice it. When you were younger, you enjoyed it.

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I have a friend in med school currently looking for the cure for cancer.  Seeing how the best cure is early detection, he's looking for a unified method to detect all cancers at their earliest stages from only a blood test.  So far he's actually done pretty well with it, and is in pre-clinical trials with the method.  Oh, and he plays video games (or at least did before med school, but he may be too busy now a days).

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It sure ain't games, really. Theories are that the generation after the war, who rebelled and went for less limits, now imposes no limits on their children either, and that's what fucks them up.

People who do work below their capabilities dumb down, video games may very well provide a way for people to challenge themselves. I played this game using Mahyong pieces where you have to tap away stones of the same type and free other stones that way, and after a bit of practice (touch screen game machine, Photo Play) I started getting much better at it, the challenge in a quick good perspective and thinking well was real nice. And we don't have to mention Shooters improving your eyes.

Yes, overkill damages. Obesity. Diabetes. Girls so thin you could punch through them. Where are the parents? It's not harmful to play games, it's harmful to play too much. It's harmful to eat too much. Etcetera.

Truth be told, if she has to stoop to not allowing any games in her house, not only does she seem to lack faith in her own capabilities, but the forbidden aspect will only make the kids love games more, so she's hardly doing them a favor.

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This wins the internet.

In all seriousness, you've hit it right on the money.  There's minimal limitation on children now, and instead of taking responsibility for the damage they've done to their children a large number of bad parents instead choose to go in search of a new scapegoat.

Video games are, I think, more intellectually stimulating than any other form of media, aside from perhaps reading a book.  It's amusingly ironic that this author, who has such an issue with video games, hasn't spoken whatsoever about the "evils" of TV, which is arguably considerably less healthy than video games.

Moral of this, and every other, video game story in existence:  "anything can be poisonous if consumed in sufficient quantity".  Which is an adage many Americans have either forgotten or choose to ignore.

-- Sometimes the truth is arrived at by adding all the little lies together and deducting them from the totality of what is known

-- Sometimes the truth is arrived at by adding all the little lies together and deducting them from the totality of what is known
 
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MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/04/18/playstation-99-cent-sale-discounts-tokyo-jungle-super-stardust/ Weekend long PSN flash sale. So much stuff is 99 cents for the rest of the weekend.04/18/2014 - 5:59pm
Adam802http://www.polygon.com/2014/4/18/5627928/newtown-video-game-addiction-forum04/18/2014 - 4:14pm
Matthew Wilsonit is a video talking about why certain games/products/consoles do well, and others do not. he back it up with solid research.04/18/2014 - 3:56pm
Andrew EisenI'm not keen on blind links. What is it?04/18/2014 - 3:45pm
Matthew Wilsonthis is worth a whatch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyXcr6sDRtw&list=PL35FE5C4B157509C904/18/2014 - 3:43pm
MaskedPixelanteNumber 3: Night Dive was brought to the attention of the public by a massive game recovery, and yet most of their released catalogue consists of games that other people did the hard work of getting re-released.04/17/2014 - 8:46pm
MaskedPixelanteNumber 2: If Humongous Entertainment wanted their stuff on Steam, why didn't they talk to their parent company, which does have a number of games published on Steam?04/17/2014 - 8:45pm
MaskedPixelanteNumber 1: When Night Dive spent the better part of a year teasing the return of true classics, having their big content dump be edutainment is kind of a kick in the stomach.04/17/2014 - 8:44pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.giantbomb.com/articles/jeff-gerstmann-heads-to-new-york-takes-questions/1100-4900/ He talks about the future games press and the games industry. It is worth your time even though it is a bit long, and stay for the QA. There are some good QA04/17/2014 - 5:28pm
IanCErm so they shouldn't sell edutainment at all? Why?04/17/2014 - 4:42pm
MaskedPixelanteNot that linkable, go onto Steam and there's stuff like Pajama Sam on the front-page, courtesy of Night Dive.04/17/2014 - 4:13pm
Andrew EisenOkay, again, please, please, PLEASE get in a habit of linking to whatever you're talking about.04/17/2014 - 4:05pm
MaskedPixelanteAnother round of Night Dive teasing and promising turns out to be stupid edutainment games. Thanks for wasting all our time, guys. See you never.04/17/2014 - 3:44pm
Matthew WilsonAgain the consequences were not only foreseeable, but very likely. anyone who understood supply demand curvs knew that was going to happen. SF has been a econ/trade hub for the last hundred years.04/17/2014 - 2:45pm
Andrew EisenMixedPixelante - Would you like to expand on that?04/17/2014 - 2:43pm
MaskedPixelanteWell, I am officially done with Night Dive Studios. Unless they can bring something worthwhile back, I'm never buying another game from them.04/17/2014 - 2:29pm
PHX Corphttp://www.msnbc.com/ronan-farrow/watch/video-games-continue-to-break-the-mold-229561923638 Ronan Farrow Daily on Video games breaking the mold04/17/2014 - 2:13pm
NeenekoAh yes, because by building something nice they were just asking for people to come push them out. Consequences are protested all the time when other people are implementing them.04/17/2014 - 2:06pm
Matthew Wilsonok than they should not protest when the consequences of that choice occur.04/17/2014 - 1:06pm
NeenekoIf people want tall buildings, plenty of other cities with them. Part of freedom and markets is communities deciding what they do and do not want built in their collective space.04/17/2014 - 12:55pm
 

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