Who wants to watch a movie with me? You? Or perhaps you? What about you up the back there? Come on now don’t be shy!
I’m willing to bet that there were a whole heap of you that put your hand up to watch a movie with me. Which is all well and good, after all I asked the question. However, how would you have answered the question if I replaced the word movie with game? It would sound a bit quaint, because instead of watching the game you would want to play it instead. Or would you?
I’m not the only one when I say that I’m getting sick to death of people telling me that I shouldn’t enjoy gaming. People that just sit there like a veggie and watch a movie are doing exactly that, they are just sitting there watching. Gamers on the other hand are using hand to eye coordination, as well as problem-solving and watching the screen as if they were watching a movie anyway. And let me say that many games these days are very realistic. So it is very much like watching a movie, but you are actually using your brain. These newer games are nothing like Space Invaders or Pac Man. They are graphically superior, often tell excellent stories, keep the mind stimulated and exercise the brain.
There is an element these days with gamers where they play for hours and hours on end and many of the people around them, (most of the time their parents) will be harping at them to get off the computer gaming system. Whether it be a PC, an Xbox, an old Mega Drive or the PlayStation 4, there’s always a parent in the background “Little Johnny/Little Susie, get off that gaming system this instant!” Yet it’s okay for that parent to be sitting around all day watching Oprah or MacGyver or even a DVD of their choice. The double standard never ceases to amaze me.
Another double standard I really enjoy witnessing comes out of the phoners and the Facebookers. These people walk around the streets day in day out with their phones in hand typing to all their Facebook friends, (the baby boomers are the biggest culprits for this) and as soon as they get home they start telling their children or grandchildren off for being on the computer, when the phone is exactly the same thing these days. So you’ll forgive me when I say that when I hear about a baby boomer getting hit by a train because they were too busy with their face in their phone, I have a shit eating grin on my face.
I don’t know about you, but I would much rather be playing GTA 5, (grand theft auto five) where I have to use all of my fingers on each hand, my brain needs to be sharp as a razor, there is an excellent story involved and everything you can do in life you can do in that game. Yes, you can even blow somebody’s head off after stealing a car and punching their wife in the mouth! It allows you to do things in the game that you’ve sometimes wanted to do in life, but won’t because you don’t want to end up in prison.
I sat by and watched people watching these ridiculous reality shows. The ones that crap me the most are these so-called survival reality TV shows. It’s like watching flies fuck. These people are not at any risk of death. If somebody died on one of those shows, the television network would be sued to hell and back. But people sit around as if it’s the real deal. People on the most part are dramatic dick heads and this is what makes them so easy to program and fool. They’d rather think that these people are actually surviving, because it gives them a talking point on the train to work the next day.
If you really want to exercise the mind, check out some of the survival games that are around now. These games are not easy. They take strategy, intelligence and wit just to name a few things. Rather than just sitting there and letting the mind rot whilst you suck down your aspartame filled Coca-Cola-Zero and eat your artery clogging popcorn. Hand to eye coordination is a must and comes with that wit that I was just discussing. Yeah that’s right, that same hand to eye coordination that you often use on your phone to type to all of your Facebook friends, whilst Mark Zuckerberg maintains the copyright to everything and all of the material that you post on that very website. Yeah, you heard right, if you had have read the terms and conditions when it comes to Facebook (the fine print) it clearly states that the owners of Facebook maintain the right to use your photos, text, audio, and artwork of any type.
So the next time you start yelling at you children because they have their head in a computer game, take your head out of your arse and think about what you’ve done today! Drop the double standards because it’s getting old.