There is no shortage of people in this world with opinions about what you should be, or do, or like, or believe. Or, almost more prevalent, what you shouldn’t. They may not always say it explicitly, but it’s pretty easy to get the hint.
I, for example, shouldn’t like video games. Why not? Well, because I am:
A. An adult.
B. A girl.
C. A Christian.
A. Put the video games down and grow up:
I can’t hide it any longer. I’m in my late 20’s now, which means I can’t even call myself a young adult anymore. I’m just an adult. And while it’s all fine and good for kids, teenagers, college students and young adults to play games, once you drop the “young” you have to become a real adult. Get serious about life. Start your career, if you haven’t already, and get on making Mom and Dad some grandkids.
It’s fine if you used to play games when you were younger. Lots of people used to. But now that you’re a contributing member of society, or are supposed to be, it’s time to develop some more productive hobbies and pursuits. Otherwise you’ll end up like this guy, living in your parents’ basement and drafting “Strategies for Getting Girls While Living With Mom and Dad.”
B. Games for girls and girls for games:
Video games are for boys, silly. I’m not sure what I’ve been thinking all these years, playing video games. I’m obviously confused. I should’ve been spending my time with more feminine pursuits, playing with my Barbies nicely, then learning about fashion and how to get my makeup just right. Maybe I wouldn’t be so socially awkward if I had.
If you are a girl and you want to like video games, though, there are options these days. Video game companies these days are making more gender-neutral games, and trying to appeal to the other sex.
If you want to play with the boys, however, you have to be able to put up with the boys. No complaining. Don’t worry, though, you can play with a girl character! More and more games are including customizable female character options so you can feel more like yourself when you play!
C. What would Jesus play?
If I want to be a good Christian I probably shouldn’t be rotting my mind with video games. There’s so much violence, so many terrible messages, not to mention the problems of addiction. Video games are a dark place where you can play with evil magic, opening yourself up to real life vulnerability to the occult.
If you insist on playing video games, though, at least play some good Christian games. You know, the kinds that are all about peace and hope and loving one another…
In conclusion, this is just skimming the surface of the issues of gaming, gender, adulthood, Christianity, and the interplay between them. I’m sure there are also a lot of other reasons I’ve missed for why I’m not “supposed to” like video games, and I know the factors I’ve mentioned here are much more complex than I’m making them out to be. I’m just getting started, and I hope to delve into these issues more in the near future, so if I’ve caught your attention please stay tuned!
As for me, all this talk of video games has reminded me of something else I meant to do tonight…