Recently, the NY Times had the nerve to post an article about the link between video games and depression.  Here’s a small excerpt:

“Young people who were more impulsive, more socially inept and less empathetic to begin with were more likely to become excessive video game players. Then, once they became what he terms pathological gamers, their grades were more likely to drop, and their relationships with their parents deteriorated.”

So, if I’m understanding this correctly, people who are angry teenage nerds to begin with will play video games and become stupid angry teenage nerds who hate their parents.  Personally, I’m still a bit skeptical.  I’ve had the privilege to experience gaming from it’s humble origins, through generation after generation of growth, to what it has become today.  The greatest moments in my life include knocking out Mike Tyson while nursing a Nintendo Thumb (see Nintendinitis, Gamer’s Grip) and discovering the Warp Zone in Super Mario Brothers.  Let’s not forget about Mortal Kombat Fatalities and dunkin’ on your friends on NBA Jam.  He’s on FIRE!

Sure, sometimes I feel a bit down.  Like I’m in a dark place with no escape.  But then I just find something to make me feel better.  You know, like going for a quick swim.  Before you know it, I’m invincible and I feel like I’ve conquered the world.

That’s why I don’t understand why they want to pick on us gamers.  All this negativity about gaming is killing me.  If it really is true, I guess I’ll just have to hit the reset button and start over.  Luckily, I have an extra life.



January 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Entertainment News, General Stupidity, KCAL Crew, KCAL Rocks, Lifestyle, News, Technology | No comment