Video Games Are Bad For You. Unless They’re Good.

22 12 2008

 

The Wii Is Good For You.  The Wii Is Bad For You.

The Wii Is Good For You. The Wii Is Bad For You.

I bring you two conflicting stories today, both brought to light by Kotaku.

 

First, is a sensationalist piece that your mom probably read, telling us how Video Games are terrible things, and that innovation like the Wii, is doing nothing more than PUTTING AT LEAST 10 PEOPLE IN THE HOSPITAL, PER WEEK.  My favorite part of the story?  When this expert in medicine they interview suggests that people stretch before they play.  Yeah, because the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (but CDCaP doesn’t have that nice ring to it))  didn’t just put out a paper that suggests that stretching is probably not so good for you…Nice.

But, to contrast that story, we have one that you’ll likely tell your mom in retort, when you want to bring that new PS3, 360 or Wii over to Grandma’s house for Christmas Dinner, that Video Games May Do the Aging Brain Good!  

I figure, that even if both are right, then this is the right time to bring Wiis into every hospital around the world.  I mean, this way, the elderly get smarter and those who get hurt are only a nurse’s-call-button away from help.





Video Games Are Bad For You. Unless They're Good.

22 12 2008

 

The Wii Is Good For You.  The Wii Is Bad For You.

The Wii Is Good For You. The Wii Is Bad For You.

I bring you two conflicting stories today, both brought to light by Kotaku.

 

First, is a sensationalist piece that your mom probably read, telling us how Video Games are terrible things, and that innovation like the Wii, is doing nothing more than PUTTING AT LEAST 10 PEOPLE IN THE HOSPITAL, PER WEEK.  My favorite part of the story?  When this expert in medicine they interview suggests that people stretch before they play.  Yeah, because the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (but CDCaP doesn’t have that nice ring to it))  didn’t just put out a paper that suggests that stretching is probably not so good for you…Nice.

But, to contrast that story, we have one that you’ll likely tell your mom in retort, when you want to bring that new PS3, 360 or Wii over to Grandma’s house for Christmas Dinner, that Video Games May Do the Aging Brain Good!  

I figure, that even if both are right, then this is the right time to bring Wiis into every hospital around the world.  I mean, this way, the elderly get smarter and those who get hurt are only a nurse’s-call-button away from help.





Podcast Listening – What OtakuDad Listens To

10 11 2008

So, I’m a big podcast fan.  Actually, let me preface this with this statement: I used to be a talk radio fan.  WGN (720AM) to be specific.

So, when audio podcasts came along, I was right on board with the discussion formats, with the length of shows (up to one hour as a standard), and more importantly, I was excited about the topics, because the topics were things that would NEVER be covered on traditional radio.

Video gaming was a huge beneficiary to this genre of entertainment, as enthusiast sites and amateurs began to produce some great material, as well as develop a ‘signature voice’ and, by extension, a following attuned to that voice.

So, without further ado, allow me to list a couple podcasts that I frequent, as well as some reasoning behind why I think that you should listen, if you do not already… (Note: All of these podcasts are available through iTunes, but I will direct you to their main page or RSS pages.) Read the rest of this entry »