As with almost every article written about video games, there are some lines that make me cringe (like the book being “written in an edgy format for gamers”, for example), but there are also signs of hope, like
How television changed the world, that’s kind of what we’re seeing now in the wake of the Internet and video games, the same kind of monumental, mind-blowing, unfathomable directional shift.
Engage and talk to your kids about their games. Ask them what they’re playing and why and ask to watch them play, or better yet, play with them, for as long as they want you to.
As a parent, it’s too easy to hyper-focus on the individual value of a game at a given moment in time instead of recognizing how games help shape our relationship with information in the digital age. Games help us develop the tools we’ll need to explore and assess our digital world.
And they’re also a lot of fun. I do appreciate the comparison to Civil War re-enactments, but you could fit any hobby into that comparison.
Edmonton mother and son play video games together, and write a book.