I recently encountered an article in a certain publication, where the author was trying to figure out whether or not to let his kid start playing computer games. From the tone of it, the article as clearly written by one of those prima donnas, who imagine that the world revolves around them, and who tend to turn simple issues into highly complex conjectures. As I read the article however, I did find myself thinking about the question of funny computer games. I found myself wondering whether such funny computer games should be installed on kids’ computers, and the upside and downside to installation of such funny games on kids’ computers.
It occurred to me that, on the upside, the funny computer games can offer unparalleled entertainment to the kids.
It also occurred to me that through the funny computer games, you can get kids who were previously uninterested in computers to start getting interested. It turns out that there are certain kids, admittedly few, who show no interest whatsoever in computers. These are the sorts of kids for whom mechanisms have to be crafted, to get them interested in the machines. And that is where the funny games come into the picture: as such funny games can be very effective at getting kids to be interested in the computers.
On the downside, it occurred to me that funny computer games can lead to computer addiction on the part of the kids, which can be a very troubling thing. It specifically occurred to me that the funny computer games are not things you undertake on a one-off basis: like the Papa survey carried out at www.papasurvey.com, and which is a one-off affair. Rather, the funny computer games tend to become obsessions, which can lead to computer addiction (this being an addiction which is just as unhealthy as any other addiction).