gaming is alive and kicking

10/10/05 at 11:57 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Check out my latest INQ7 Infotech @Play column piece, where I talk about the Asian Gaming Journalists Association and the need to promote responsible gaming.

Here’s an excerpt:

…I’m not glossing over the fact that, when abused, gaming can have harmful effects on a person. This, however, is true of any medium. If you’re a student who has a big test the next day, and you spend your free time watching TV or talking to your friends on your cell phone instead of studying, could you get away with telling your teacher that TV and the mobile phone are to blame? That you flunked because you couldn’t help yourself — watching TV is just too addictive.

What I’m saying is that we should accept personal responsibility for our actions and decisions, and stop condemning a medium outright just because of the abuses of a few. What we might fail to realize is that gaming is more than just the games. Many people, especially among the youth, have embraced it as a way of life, a means to communicate and socialize with their peers. It’s part of the whole digital lifestyle that’s now becoming a reality for more and more Filipinos — just as many of us have embraced blogging, instant messaging, podcasting and social networking tools.

By the way, RPN 9 also interviewed me and other AGJA members last week. I think the segment will be shown tonight in the evening news, which airs 10 p.m. on RPN 9. I’m not sure, though.

Read my @Play column piece.

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