Get out and play REAL football!

27 Apr

At the age of 13, I spent about 1.5 to 2 hours a day playing computer games. All kinds of computer games, sports, Role Play Games and ego- shooter. I really enjoyed it and so did my friends so we often met to have some gaming tournaments. We came from a relatively small village and used to tell ourselves that there is nothing better to do really.

If I look back at these times now, the only question which comes to my mind is: ”What could I have done with all that time I wasted getting to the next level, trying to score or give someone a headshot?” If I had grabbed a book everytime I turned on the PC, I’d be pretty good at annoying people with quotes from Heine, Nietzsche etc.
Not only it is a waste of time, usually a lot of money needs to be spend in order to be able to play. A PC worth 1000€, every game costs about 40€ and some online game providers even require a monthly fee (which was not relevant for me back then because my village was too small to have a proper Internet connection). World of Warcraft holds the Guinness World Record for the most popular massively multiplayer online role- playing game (MMORPG, as the geeks call it), currently has 12 million registered users and costs, non- regarding the costs for the necessary equipment, 15$ a month! WoW’s developers Blizzard Entertainment is a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, a corporation with a current market cap of 13.49 billion dollars and 4.47 billion dollars in revenue in 2010. So not only you are wasting your own time, you are also investing in companies making a fortune with wasting people’s time all over the world.
E. g. Vietnam is one of the pioneers in fighting over extensive gaming. Last month, they passed a law which forces internet service providers to block access to gaming websites between 10 pm and 8 am, which I think is a good measure to stop people from excessive playing and prevent them from becoming addicted.

I do not want to start that debate whether Counter Strike turns you into homicidal maniac or not. All I am saying is: Playing Computer Games is not an investment in your future! Even though it is fun, in the long term perspective there definitely are better things to do, even in small villages. Get away from the screen, kids, play football, learn to play the guitar or how to ride a unicycle. Just get out and get a tan. That will help with the ladies as well and to at least quote someone, even though it might not be Nietzsche, I say it with the words of the South Park creators: “Make Love, not Warcraft!”.


4 Responses to “Get out and play REAL football!”

  1. arinanira April 27, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    Haha, nice one!
    I really like your writing style and totally support your initiative on playing real football instead of setting up high-scores on PlayStation’s ‘FIFA XY’.

    Though I am not quite willing to generally accept gaming to be a complete waste of time – Chekhov says it best: “Life does not agree with philosophy: There is no happiness that is not idleness, and only what is useless is pleasurable.”
    And to annoy everybody with a little more quoting, I’ll refer to Paracelsus at this point: “The dose makes the poison.” – as long as one is not gaming 24/7, suffering loss of reality, or developing whatever disorders; like the disgusting, mad gamer-guy, from the Southpark episode you mentioned, did; everything is fine!

    If you like, you can take a look at this blog post I found while looking for social impact of the internet. Despite obviously being somewhat of an weird, conservative Christian; this guy’s thoughts on the advantages of real-life games and sports actually do make (some) sense!


  2. kiki April 30, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    luckily i was never really a game-maniac.after i used all the cheats on sims,designed a perfect interior and let the babies die, I decided that computer games are truly not my passion.but sometimes I spend 3 hours online,without really doing anything.and mostly its really a waste of time.
    i think im going to get a tan now…thanks barthalos.

  3. domwoj May 4, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    Hey Phil,
    “Gaming is not an investment for the future”
    I share that opinion, very good point and clearly points out why we shouldn’t be addicted to PC-games
    and Interesting which economical part it has gained.
    Actually I thought first that you are gonna tell us something about kids becoming homicidal maniacs, glad you didn’t! Cheers mate


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