A while ago, technical limitations made it easy to mask some of the more sadistic reaches of the imagination. Today, however, things are different.
Mortal Kombat video games have been violent for ages, having pioneered the art of digital gore years before contemporary titles like Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty were even on the minds of video game engineers.
Back then, we thought this to be unspeakable carnage. But it was 1992, and times were simpler. Today, that would hardly get a blush.
Play enough video games and it’ll ruin your posture. But no amount of orthopedic furniture can cure having someone’s fist thrust into your abdomen, breaking your spine in two before doing the same with the rest of your body.
It makes you wonder about the darker side of human nature.
Nobody can say for certain whether or not video games teach kids to be violent. But with brutality enhanced by computer technology’s quickening realism, you’ve got to wonder if the “line” has been crossed once and for all.
Sometimes children have a better understanding of the world than adults do. As adults, we are constantly worrying about potential ramifications of any decision that we make. As a result, often times when we feel like the risk doesn’t justify the reward, we don’t pursue totally attainable things.
Kids don’t have that problem.
Recently, a little girl who decided that her father, who works at Google, deserved a day off for his birthday, wrote this letter:
“Dear Google worker,
Can you please make sure when daddy goes to work, he gets one day off. Like he can get a day off on Wednesday. Because daddy ONLY gets a day off on Saturday.
P.S. It is daddy’s BIRTHDAY!
P.P.S. It is Summer, you know.”
Daniel Shiplacoff, the father’s boss, saw the letter and responded with a letter of his own!
And just like that, her father got a whole week off!
Something to try next time, maybe?!