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The Extreme Nature of (Social) Games

When I heard on the news today of an incident that occured in Jacksonville, Florida (USA) regarding one of the most popular 'social games' of the moment, my draw jopped.

Apparently, a mother of 22 years of age - addicted, as it seems, to 'FarmVille' - plead guilty to shaking her 3 year old month baby to death.

Those who read a bit on video games will know the stories of how some popular games like 'World of Warcraft' or others have led to social or private problems. Some of these games have led to divorce or health problems.... but to me, this is a first.

When we think of games, we think of fun... and this is just the complete opposite.

I think it's a really scary thought that a person is unable to control themselves, to separate the virtual from reality and to take control of their lives. To let a game control and take over what we do or how we lead our daily lives... in a word, 'pathetic'.

I love games, everyone loves games. But we should love life and reality a bit more. What has the world come to when people - in this case, an innocent child - suffer or die because of games? I don't think the inventors of games had these ideas in mind.

Of course these are extremely sporadic incidents. These incidents represent to me what the extreme nature of games are...

Hopefully this kind of news will bring some people to reality...

 

In case you want to read the news piece, here's a version in english and one in portuguese.


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