Boris Johnson is the new mayor of London. A powerful political post. But go to his website and there is a very silly article about video games. He thinks "computer games rot the brain".
We're in for very long 4 years
He wrote this a while ago - but it's always good to bring these things back up again. Bring back Ken...
God bless Boris... may Kens evil heart burn in hell. Ken made London such a nightmare I had to move away... :) The person that actually writes the biggest tosh is Bruce himself!! This is the same arrogant tosser that tried to claim all kids should play GTA, and his writing is by far the biggest tripe I read on the web dressed up as pseudo-intellectualism. Of course he's not actually that stupid and tends to pick topics and 'stances' that attract footfall to his blog, but I utterly despise his whole philosophy. The piece he's actually commenting on, is not actually idiotic in the slightest and expresses a valid concern about children not reading and stimulating the imagination in the way they used to. To dismiss it as idiotic is pretty .... well.....idiotic!!
I agree totally
i can't believe he won! i just can't believe it. we need a socialist in power not a narrow minded upperclass twit with the gift of the gab. yes, boris is articulate, but he's also sometimes a jabbering fool
@titntin "The piece he's actually commenting on, is not actually idiotic in the slightest and expresses a valid concern about children not reading and stimulating the imagination in the way they used to. To dismiss it as idiotic is pretty .... well.....idiotic!! " It's well thought, and masked as intelligent, but still very biased. How can you say games aren't good for kids??? We all turned out ok right??? I mean for the most part. I don't enjoy reading either, but my friends do, and they enjoy gaming. They are very comparable, they each put you in a fantasy world and detach you from reality. But books are a solo effort, where as games teach you fundamental skills like hand eye coordination and the like. It's just silly that he be such a biggot about it. He's got a point in ways, but to blame it all on games... come on.
Read my reply carefully and you'll see the only backing I give to Boris's piece is that he raises a valid point. I also admire his writing, which has always been worthwile reading weather i agree or not! :) I make games for a living, and certainly wouldn't do so if I believed they were inherently bad for society or kids. There plenty of things that are good about games - but not instead of reading and using some imagination, but in conjunction with it. As for turning out OK - Video games were not invented when I was kid, so I can't use myself as an example. But I did read plenty. Reading opened up the door to new ways of thought, stimulated my imagination in ways that games simply can't and haven't, and allowed me to develop communication skills. Maybe if you read a bit you'd understand the difference in mental stimulation between the two. Games are not inherently bad, and in many respects can be very good. But they are not a replacement for reading in my opinion, and that of many others. I respect the right of everyone to hold another opinion. What I don't respect is when people are so arrogant of their own superior intelligence that anyone with an alternative viewpoint is described as 'idiotic' or 'ignorant'. This is what 'brucie' boy does. He's so arrogant that he thinks his is the only intellect clever enough to see the truth of the matter, and anyone saying differently is obviously poorly deluded or intellectually defunct. Such personalities are responsible for the biggest evils on the planet - like Nazi's!
It's true that people growing up these days are lacking skills like reading and communication (a read of these forums is enough to convince anyone of that) but it's the same no matter what a child's interest was at this time.Having grown up playing a whole lot of games, i can happily say i'm very glad i did.Stupid i am not and i thank my parents for allowing me to play probably far too many games. There is certainly a problem in that so many stupid people exist in the world today and it's inevitable this dilema can never improve - the world as a whole is getting stupider thanks to bad parenting.It's certainly parents problem 99% of the time if a child fails to educate properly and nothing to do with games.
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