Computer gaming has become prevalent in society these days with gamers taking on an entirely different online persona. Prior to becoming involved in PC gaming with Quake 2 back in 1997 and game development in 1999 I knew nothing of this “digital world.” Knock some of this off to the fact I was raised on an intelligent machine, the Apple Computer, unfortunately when it came to gaming, Apple’s selections were very slim.
As kids of my generation enter their late 30s and early 40s, their lives included computer gaming (and console) as part of growing up. I am sure some never partook in this sort of entertainment, but it is truly a mainstream form of entertainment now than it was 25+ years ago.
Today, out of Canada comes the story of a 15 year old kid who ran away from home because his father took his Xbox away. Microsoft offers reward for missing Xbox gamer the headline reads on Yahoo. What I find most ridiculous from this story, outside of irresponsible parents is the fact that MS has put up a portion of the reward. *sniff* *sniff* Smells like they are trying to avoid a lawsuit if you ask me.
Parenting is not easy and I am only speaking from 2 years worth of experience. “I just took away his identity, so I can understand why he got so mad and took off. Before, I couldn’t understand why he was taking off for taking his game away,” said this kid’s father. LOL. Funny how he only realizes this AFTER his kid runs away from home. I guess if parents took more of an interest in what their kids are doing we would see kids less dependent on video games as a form of socializing.
I had an online alias and I was a very different person than I was if you walked up and had a beer with me in real life. Unfortunately irresponsible parents don’t seem to understand that, “I didn’t realize how in-depth this was until I took his Xbox away,” Steve Crisp told the Globe and Mail. “That’s like cutting his legs off.” LOL. No it’s not! Yet, go ahead and believe you did the wrong thing. I bet the moment this kid returns daddy gives him his Xbox back. Never mind the fact there were changes in the kid’s behavior.
Take it from DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, “parents just don’t understand.”