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A new look at games by Simon Sharwood
May 11, 2006, 4:59 pm
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I’ve got my hands on the latest issue of Wired magazine to hit our shores, and it contains this very interesting story about computer games.

A few samples:

The human imagination is an amazing thing. As children, we spend much of our time in imaginary worlds, substituting toys and make-believe for the real surroundings that we are just beginning to explore and understand. As we play, we learn. And as we grow, our play gets more complicated. We add rules and goals. The result is something we call games.”

” … gamers’ mindset – the fact that they are learning in a totally new way – means they’ll treat the world as a place for creation, not consumption. This is the true impact videogames will have on our culture. Society, however, notices only the negative. Most people on the far side of the generational divide – elders – look at games and see a list of ills (they’re violent, addictive, childish, worthless).”

“Games are evolving to entertain, educate, and engage us individually. These personalized games will reflect who we are and what we enjoy, much as our choice of books and music does now. They will allow us to express ourselves, meet others, and create things that we can only dimly imagine. They will enable us to share and combine these creations, to build vast playgrounds. And more than ever, games will be a visible, external amplification of the human imagination.”

I’m all for my kids having whatever tools are available to help them do things the last paragraph describes.

But I have long avoided online role playing games for fear they will eat my life and make me an even more antisocial and misanthropic recluse.

Perhaps I need to reconsider that they might enrich my life in ways I cannot today imagine.

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