Do you remember the tons of researches proving that video games are bad for your health, others’ health and threaten to destroy the whole universe? Do you remember that a guy named Jack Thompson existed and virulently fought against all possible big hit titles? Do you remember that, except for us, gamers, most of the people around us have a pretty poor opinion regarding the importance computer and video games have in today’s world? Well, the Church does not agree. The Church says that games are good! Amen to that!
The conclusion mentioned above was the result of a meeting hosted by the ELSPA (Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association) in London where church and charity leaders agreed: games can help children make friends, forge closer relationships with adults, and have a positive impact on their lives.
“We now live in a digital age where the nature of playing games has changed. Now we have online games where interaction with others is possible. Children tell us supportive and loving relationships are key to a good childhood, we need to equip parents and carers to support children to stay safe when they play in the growing online world,” said Martin Houghton-Brown, deputy director of new business of The Children’s Society.
So, from now on, I don’t want to hear any “expert” talking about the negative impact video games have on today’s society, OK? As long as age ratings exist and superviolent games only get into the hands of sane adults, everything is going to be OK. We have the Church’s support now. We win.