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user-inactivated  ·  39 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: We’re losing a whole generation of young men to video games

So much wrong with what the author says.

I'm not even going to bother providing specific quotes. "Games are awful, and young men are getting absorbed by them instead of being productive members of society" is the tone the article takes while exploring nothing. It's not journalism: it's a "look at my superiority complex" contest.

Funny thing, though: the embedded article - "Why more young men aren't working - video games" - uses the photo of a guy playing pre-2016 Dota 2 that's on the monitor, blurred. I'm gonna pull a Devac and tell you that because, even in the thumbnail, I can clearly recognize the death info screen with one of the game's heroes', Slark's, face plastered all over it. Plus all the small things: the old HUD, for example. But also he's not even playing it: it's a Twitch stream of a guy playing Sniper or something while the ads and the donation count run alongside the interface.

Anyway. "Video games are the plague of this generation" is a sentiment people too old to understand or engage in it espouse when they can't be bothered to produce any meaningful thought on the subject. George Carlin during his last HBO special (after his 70th birthday, might I add) said that people can be old when they're thirty, blabbering and complaining about things as a way to justify their miserable existence.

There are things wrong with video games as an industry currently - but providing escapism and Internet-level international communication are not some of them.

I'm just going to add NYPost to the list of "newspapers" to ignore. Thanks for letting me know.