I love Steam’s Family Sharing feature. I’m always a little peeved when I take a step back and notice the fast-paced tech industry ignoring the concept of “family unit” in favor of pushing everything towards individuals with credit cards. This is especially irritating in the gaming world, when you realize that historically, video games were developed and marketed mainly towards kids, and without whom the industry itself might not even exist, today. So I’m always happy to see big companies like Apple, Amazon and Valve taking families into consideration through sharing and parental features.
First off, thanks to Noctua over at Gamers Decrypted (one of my new favorite blogs) for reaching out to me on this topic. It’s always flattering when someone expresses the desire to collaborate, and especially so when the source is someone of such high quality. Gamers Decrypted is a fairly new site, so be sure to add it to whatever tracking mechanism you currently use!
The topic of discussion today is the effects of gaming. Or, more accurately, the effects of the media we consume, gaming included. When Noctua first approached me, she floated the idea of censorship as a topic, and I notice that while her post hints at the need for some kind of control (be it internal or external), it never uses the word ‘censorship’ at all. There’s a good reason for that. The word is so heavy with negative political and social connotations that it can no longer be used in a positive support role. That is, unless you’re talking about self-censorship, which seems to be much more acceptable. In our western culture, the idea of someone else telling us what we can and can’t do or say is so abhorrent that the very language surrounding it has been fallen victim to, well, self-censorship!
Most parents will admit that they learn as much from their kids as they are able to teach. The other day, I had the opportunity to observe my oldest son playing a PvP version of Mindcraft called “Hunger Games” (due to its similarity to the popular book and film series), and a funny thing happened.
NPR radio show “This American Life” put out a great podcast episode this week focusing on fathers. Specifically, it spoke of the difficulty dads have in communicating with their children. While not universal, I do see this as something that fathers have traditionally struggled with, especially dads who spend most of their time interacting with other adults, conducting serious business, and trying to provide for their families financially. Some of the issue may be cultural or generational, but generally I just wonder if fathers who struggle communicating with their children (and spouses, too) just don’t get enough practice.