Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Games People Play


We all have our little games, don’t we? Even as adults we still play tag, kick the can, and hide and seek. Tell me if I am wrong, but my guess is that you have played at least one of the above recently. As an adult, maybe you have played the game with different rules, but the same principles apply. As a blogger I like to check my stats and one of the most visited posts I have is the one about games. Thanks Alex. I bet you get a lot of hits on that as well. So what is this fascination with games? There are so many of them to keep us occupied. Computer games, video games, board games, card games, sports games, drinking games, mind games, sex games, and party games like plain old “Pin the Tail on the Donkey.” I bet you have tried each and every one of these games at least once. Some of you might have even been addicted to some of them.

We play games to amuse ourselves and to escape sometimes. Sometimes games can even be a mind drug. Oh yes they can. I have seen it first hand when “World of War craft” came out. There is even an addiction center in Switzerland for that game. Across the street I have a neighbor who plays games 24 hours a day. I know because I do not sleep well and his computer is always on. I have children and friends who hop up and down whenever a new computer game comes out. They spend hours there shooting and going through mazes that do not really exist. As if life was not hard enough already we search for a way to make it harder, or should I say, a way to make it more creative, a safe place to fight our demons and escape.

You might ask why I am bringing this all up now. Yesterday a well-educated and intelligent man who had everything going for him named Anders Brevik was institutionalized to a mental facility. You might ask who he is. He is the man responsible for killing over 70 people in Norway this past summer, many of them children. He does not have to go to jail; you see he lived in another world so he was not responsible for his actions. Just like in Monopoly he got a "get out of jail" card. He lived in the world of war craft where it was OK to shoot and kill your enemy. He lived in a game and it made him insane so now he gets to drink milk and eat cookies. He was mentally abused by his computer the poor guy. Yes, the games people play. What  ever happened to “Pin the tail on the donkey?”



9 comments:

Melissa Bradley said...

That's awful about Brevik. We get murderers who go free or get assigned to insitutions all the time here in the States. I think there should be a mental defective ward in the prison where people like that should reside. How sad for everyone that no justice is served.

Wendy G. Ewurum: Blog Author said...

Oh no that's just too much about this guy. Yes the games are quite addictive. So much so that my son is only allowed to tough his in the holidays otherwise there are no grades to speak of at the end of the term.
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Bossy Betty said...

WOW. Just wow. That is unbelievable.

Craziness abounds said...

WTH are you serious? that's ridiculous! I've played games my whole life but I don't play anything that I begin to feel addicted too (unless you count blogging) because I don't want them to rule my life.

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Siv
I'm so sorry to hear about the guy who killed all those people. Let's hope he never gets out.

Still very sick. I would love to read your post about me if you wouldn't mind sending the link.
Nancy
N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's sick! Anyone who kills another person is mentally unbalanced. That doesn't give all killer free passes and that guy doesn't deserve one either.

Kara said...

I'm not buying it. An addiction to computer games cannot be responsible for such a heinous act. I'll agree the guy is probably crazy - but I doubt it's on account of some game.

Susan Kane said...

Someone will deal with him in whatever institution gets him. There is always an excuse someone can create. But reality will restore the balance. Brevik will not get away with anything.

GigglesandGuns said...

I've never been in favor of the book, game, song made me do it. I believe that no matter what institution you go to for a crime such as this you should never be released.
Maybe someone will lace his cookies.