Videogames Are Unhealthy. The President Said so
I’m not really political nor am I American. So writing an article about something an American politician said is perhaps a little unsuited to me. However, I do play videogames so I suppose that I can somehow make a relevant comment about this. Anyway, Obama has made a speech to the American Medical Association about health and stuff. The Wall Street Journal has the full speech. It’s not really interesting or relevant except for the following part where he mentions videogames:
The second step that we can all agree on is to invest more in preventive care so that we can avoid illness and disease in the first place. That starts with each of us taking more responsibility for our health and the health of our children. It means quitting smoking, going in for that mammogram or colon cancer screening. It means going for a run or hitting the gym, and raising our children to step away from the video games and spend more time playing outside.
Basically, in order to avoid illness and disease, you should do the following things: quit smoking, check if you have cancer, exercise and stop playing videogames. Sure, he isn’t exactly demonising games here but it’s a bit of a strange comment. The point would have been made just as easily had he removed the ‘œstep away from the videogames’ part and instead left it with just ‘œspend more time playing outside’.
After all, it’s not only videogames that keep people indoors. I could gladly sit inside and read books all day, or watch films. Of course it isn’t as easy to criticise books or films because those are such mature art forms. However, videogames are just those bad things that physically prevent children from going outside.
If I chose to follow Obama’s advice except for the videogames part then I’d still be a healthy individual. If I decided to ignore his advice in regards to smoking or exercise then I’d probably be in a bit of trouble. There isn’t much else to say. It’s still acceptable to claim that games are bad without having to back it up with any evidence, even if you are the president.
Via: Game Politics