When we started out with our unschooling journey, we felt a little like knights in shining armor freeing ourselves from our own self-imposed shackles. Hence the name of the blog.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

About violent games

Some one or the other is always writing about the media, video games, violence therein etc..  I'd like to share a take on this topic that i really like:  http://motherjones.com/politics/2000/06/violent-media-good-kids-0
Also here: http://sandradodd.com/game/tales and choices are here:http://sandradodd.com/game/online
And as i re-read today these pages i discovered this page link: http://sandradodd.com/game/benefits

I can't begin to say everything i feel about video games... from my beginning ambivalence/ aversion/ annoyance/ fear/ more fear, etc.. all the way to today's complete acceptance of my child's love and devotion to figuring out a game, his determination, his focus, his interest, his ability to explain it, talk about it passionately, willingness to give Ravi and me tutorials/workshops on a game etc..  He is currently playing a game that is about a guy in school.  And the classes need you to figure out games/words/math etc.  then you pass the game.  I help him out with certain parts when he asks for it.  Been very interesting to watch his intensity in figuring out those puzzles/tests that the school teachers are throwing out to this character.  The character gets bullied and keeps getting detention.  And Raghu is wondering why this is so.  Lead to conversations about the way the video gamer designed the game.

There is a cd we have with Jerry Seinfeld stand-up shows on it.  We listen to it often while driving around the maniacal roads of India.... puts up in a good mood :-)  So in one of the clips he says "When men are growing up, reading about Batman, Spider-Man, Superman, these aren't just kid fantasies. These are career options."  That one really cracks me up... cause both Raghu and Ravi nod their heads whenever they listen to him say it :-)


Sandra Dodd said...

Beautiful!! Lifting it.

Hema A Bharadwaj said...

Lifting it to where?

Sandra Dodd said...


Hema A Bharadwaj said...

Oh! cool. off i go to learn how to play mario... i'm still such a novice on the wii. i'm better at club penguin.

Hema A Bharadwaj said...

But its your links... i mean the first para is hardly original on my part.

Sandra Dodd said...

You had asked about the photo here, and I left a note but it should cross-link: What is this good for?

Sadie is dressed as Wonder Woman.

Yesterday I found another quote a little like the "career options" part, by Louis Gossett Jr., an actor, in his autobiography. He wrote, of his childhood: "During those days, I was living a Walter Mitty fantasy life, dreaming that I could be the Green Hornet or Captain Marvel or anyone I wanted."