GeekDad: When I've mentioned that I play video games in public I've often gained a reputation as a time wasting closeted individual who can't cope with the real world. Well, this used to be the case but the tide seems to be turning.
As you'll well know, headlines are made in mainstream media by the explosion of family gaming with the Wii, or the abilities of the new controllers to offer genuine fitness benefits.
But what goes unsaid and unnoticed is the cultural value of some of video gaming's hard core games. These experiences create encounters that challenge the ethics, morality and humanity of players as much as a book or a film. Players find themselves in situations where they grapple with difficult decisions that in the real world would be frightful experiences.