Forget #Gamergate: Why are grown men playing video games in the first place?

While it’s noble for Nero and Christina HOff Sommers to be fighting political correctness and #Gamergate, I have to take a step back and say, “Why the hell are grown men playing video games?”

  • AmicusC

    Y not? As with everything else moderation is key. Can’t watch video but curious if it also addresses binge watching Netflix or youtube? For a guy making his money off content requiring people to stare at a screen seems pretty hypocritical. And yes the obligatory I like him and think he’s funny

    • Good points I enjoy an occasional game as well.

    • G

      I agree – I rather doubt he fully believes what he spouted in that video: I think he was just trying to be provocative. I mean, he was working there, trying to get viewers.

      That said, I might ask him if adult males are allowed (in his opinion) any leisure time activities at all? Or should they be continually busy cleaning eavestroughs or something? What sorts of activities does he recommend? Is chess acceptable, for instance, but not video games (which can be quite sophisticated, of course, and even mentally demanding at times – strategy video games, for instance)? How about physical sports? Anyway, I think he was more than a little bit on the silly side with that particular video.

  • Icebow

    Never played one. Seems a waste of mind.

    • Tom Forsythe

      It is no more a waste than doing a crossword puzzle or shooting a game of pool.

  • kkruger71

    Though he doesn’t mention it here, I wonder if he has the same problem with how much time men “waste” watching sports, a much larger demographic and far more passive activity (the watching, not the playing).
    Personally I don’t care how people pass their leisure time, though no matter what they chose those that get so wound up they yell at 12 year olds online like the gamers, or that pick a fight at a bar because someone is wearing a different team jersey are well into the wasting time area.
    Personally I enjoy the odd strategy video game, like Simcity or Civilization, along with the odd thing like Mario Kart of Guitar Hero. I don’t see how that is supposed to be an embarrassment unless that is all you do.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Why? Because we enjoy them.

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    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Well, that part is true.

  • Gavin’s fun and I enjoy him in small doses but he overstates things. He’s all about attention.

    • Alain

      I think you nailed it. I have no interest in video games, but neither do I have an interest in telling others how to spend their time or not to spend their time unless it removes my own freedom and rights.

  • Jade

    He may not know it but gaming helps the mind from aging and is good for hand eye coordination. I play video in moderation. I agree if grown man send most of his time gaming he has an addition problrm

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    BF2 Forever.

    • lolwut?

      BF2142 or GTFO!


  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I’m not a gamer, but come on Gavin…
    Seriously, what other non-PC recreational activities are left?
    I’m not a gamer, just as I don’t own a bunch of guns, but I don’t disrespect those that do, and neither should you Gavin.

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  • Justin St.Denis

    In my humble estimation as a gym/fitness enthusiast, the treadmill has a lock on the MINDLESS OBSESSION AWARD. As long as there are people obsessive enough to spend more than 10 minutes walking and getting nowhere on a treadmill, nobody else need feel threatened. You’re normal. Now, back to WarCraft.

    • Millie_Woods

      Thank’s Justin. I always said nobody really knows how long 30 minutes is until they’ve been on a treadmill for that long.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Millie, to experience time at its most excruciatingly tick-tock slowness, the treadmill PALES when compared to PLANKING. Most men and women can barely manage a minute, and then they say it “felt like forever.” My wife’s friend – a seasoned personal trainer of Norwegian extraction – performs a morning “wake-up plank” of 15 minutes minimum! She’s 55 but has the body of a 25-year-old! I kid you not! She inspired me! After three years, I am now at the 10-minute level. My body has derived tremendous benefits from this routine, and I have acquired a DEEP APPRECIATION for how long one second can take to pass…….

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Try beach walking for 2 hours a day.
      That will get you fit and burn off any and all weight that you might want gone, and do it faster than any medically responsible diet (and even a few irresponsible ones) I have seen.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Beach walking will provide some benefit, but it will not get you fit. For example, it does nothing for your triceps.

        I’m into fitness, not trying to lose weight here. I’m one of those irritating specimens who can eat almost anything and as much as I want and not gain weight. My wife tells me she likes a “lean muscular Kevin Bacon body”, which is what I happen to have. KB and I share the same body type, height and weight; he looks older than I do, although he is five years my junior. 😉

    • Clausewitz

      For me it’s Naval Action, a Napoleonic age Age of sail game. Been kicking ass and taking names in my 40 gun Belle Poule Frigate. It’s all part of my research for teaching a European History course. Yeah that’s what it is, it’s all in the name of education for the kiddies.

      • Justin St.Denis

        I’ve played that game, as it so happens. I got creamed.

        • Clausewitz

          The trick is to never jump ahead to the bigger ships till you advance in rank and command bigger crews. That and when you first log in only merchant raid small trader vessels till you build up some money. Did you try Open World?

          • Justin St.Denis

            No, I have not. I think these games challenge my self-esteem. I am used to winning in REAL competitions, and it pisses me off to lose a computer game. I think losing at games was instrumental in my decision to take up mixed martial arts about a decade ago. In short order, I began winning MMA events for my age-group. See what I mean?

          • Clausewitz

            Never a bad idea to play to your strengths.

          • Justin St.Denis

            That’s my point. Doing otherwise is akin to spending your vacation in countries you have no interest in. Computer games can be fun, yes, but I usually lose. I’m an outdoorsy kinda guy, far from stupid, but I don’t excel at sedentary pastimes.

  • Millie_Woods

    I spend an inordinate amount of time checking and commenting on BCF. I won’t be made to feel guilty either.

  • Micky C.

    I think Gavin is taking the piss here. Guilty pleasures and pass times keep one from taking life too seriously. Although there are some who do go overboard on the video games and comics. Wish I could find the balance. I’ll go months without playing a thing then spend 3 days 12 hours a day obsessed with some game or another on my PC, PS3 or tablet.

    • k1992

      Me too – they definitely CAN be addictive. In fairness, I suppose that’s true of any pleasurable activity. As you suggest, I think moderation is the key.

    • Micky C.

      And besides, gaming is the carrot for some “me time” after I’ve done the chores.

  • john s

    Well why not? We play other stupid games as well. Looked at objectively, all sports are pretty silly and childish.

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    It has been awhile since I played my Nintendo.

    Thanks for the reminder, Gavin!

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