If Jonnie boy had reacted to Ygritte the way that some people reacted to my last blog post, she’d be in a ditch somewhere. You’d think I assaulted someone’s mom and peed in their Cheerios.
|How about fucking “people”?|
Combine a knee-jerk reaction to the implication that gamers are not “mundanes” with a muddied message (mixed up with the completely separate issue of whether gaming skills can be translated to real skills) and a post that was not written in the comfort of my easy chair, while smoking my pipe and playing classical music so I could be erudite and wise, and I get a shitstorm of a post. Is it right? Nope, not at all. Does it make me come across as a judgmental douchebag? I’d guess the answer to that is, “Yes.”
So I’ll happily retract the position that gaming hasn’t taught people useful things and clarify: gaming has helped people learn useful things. It’s not inherent to the gaming though – I still firmly believe it has more to do with the person themselves. Using gaming to help get over, say, social anxiety, isn’t a one-size fits all solution. I will stand by my position that one shouldn’t reach for ways to fold gaming into more practical situations. When I say “reach” that’s exactly what I mean – if you have to struggle to connect the dots between gaming and a “life skill”, it’s likely that the gaming hasn’t helped you that much. If it is painfully obvious that running the local gaming club has made you fantastic at wrangling groups of people, managing schedules, etc. than by all means run with that.