Video Games and Computer Holding Power

April 8th, 2008

Pun intended? I thought the “Computer Holding Power” was a very clever title.

The people that shared their experiences in the book all insisted that it was them who felt powerful while playing video games. To me the opposite seemed to be the case though. The computer was holding the power. The power to draw those people to the screen day after day to spend hours playing video games. In most cases it made the people feel better. And the author didn’t seem completely against video games.

I just felt that it is very scary how computer games can suck people in and hours after hours are spent with a machine instead of interacting with others. Espeacially since those people thought they were impowered and not addicted and therefore powerless.

I also wanted to comment on Gwens post, but didn’t succeed… So Gwen: I totally agree with you. When I read the passage with that husband I thought exactly the same thing. (I was just too tired to blog last night..) I was also wondering if his wife knows what he is doing… To me it felt like he was just trying to find an excuse, I am sure his wife would have understood if he had told her, he can not talk right after work and needs some time to arrive firtst.  And I also agree with you, that videogames came across, sort of as a drug in the whole chapter.

I have played video games before, but not to the extend like anyone in this chapter. I remember Pack Man, and Chrystal, and Commander Keen. They were games played on the dos (?) part of the computer. I espacially liked a game with Lemmings. And I could relate to the highscore the author mentioned. It was usually a competition between me and my sibblings. But I also remember that we would sit infront of the screen together sometimes trying to figure out a though level.  I prefer playing games together with people though. Card games, board games, anything. There is just as much competition going on, plus conversation and laughter at the same time.