Went out for a curry on Friday night at the Ramna, Shrewsbury, and had a very pleasant chicken Rogan Josh.
Despite having little stomach room left even for drinks, our group of heavily spiced gentlemen descended on a nearby pub, wherein I engaged in a conversation about video games. I love video games. Personally, I think that Final Fantasy VII is the best game ever, but that is open to debate.
Some people are viciously critical of them, (notably Cruella DeVille in the real-life film version of 101 dalmations - bear that in mind. If you hate Nintendo now, you'll be killing puppies for their fur one day) and they have a number or reasons; games sap your brain, they promote violence, they waste time etc. In fact I have felt guilty about my love of games for a while, as one might feel guilty about killing ants in the garden just for fun.
Now, I am not going to come up with a list of reasons why video games are, in fact, the most amazing invention ever and supremely beneficial to mankind, because that is just not true. However, there are a number of reasons why video games can and should be appreciated:
1) They are fun (it's ok to do things that are fun, yeah?)
2) They can be social (I had great fun beating Dave at Fifa)
3) There is some great art in games (Prince of Persia, Just Cause, Titan Quest, come on...)
4) They are educational! Ok, so, most of them aren't, but there has been a dramatic rise in the number of "edutainment" based games available - Brain Training et al.
5) They are part of our culture (the video games industry is about to surpass the music industry in terms of spending)
But, at the end of the day, they are not really useful. There is potential for a huge amount of time wastage. So enjoy responsibly, I guess.