He was on an early mission that required him to drive alongside a semi and catch someone as they jumped into his car. I was in the other room, researching something testicle-related for Cracked, but I knew he was failing because I could hear the same character conversation over and over again as he repeated the attempts. On the fourth try, he couldn't take it anymore, and he said under his breath, "This is stupid."It's a great example of something I have said for years, when parents come and declare that a child is doing violent things in "violent video games." I've said "Isn't he sitting on the couch at your house?"
Some of the comments the day that was posted on facebook:
Renee Cabatic:There was also a spider-killing element of the article, and my response about that has been put on the page about instincts.As Xander has been playing Grand Theft Auto 5, I've written down some of the things he's been learning:Jo Maslin1) choose your friends, co-workers carefullyThat's doesn't include the conversations brought up by the talk radio playing in the stolen vehicles.
The original facebook post is here, but the link to the article doesn't work. (I've linked the Wayback Machine version above.)
Escape, Relaxation, Stories
Escapism isn't a bad thing.That above was from a post at Radical Unschooling Info. It's my writing. I also commented:
I hope to find and add other times when someone went off on kids being stuck/glued to a game or show, or couch potatoes, or whatever, and I reminded them that those kids *could* instead be down vandalizing something or hanging out too late in dangerous places, but there they are, home on the couch.Tauna G. responded:
Yep. My husband just remarked last week that whenever he gets a little worried about our 12yo son spending most of his days at home, and almost all of his time with us...he remembers that when he went out unsupervised at 12yo, he was mostly killing time because being home was not preferred. And often he and his friends were up to no good!
Thinking about Violence Commentary on anti-TV propaganda A propaganda collection