I have been noticing commercials for XBox Kinect. Okay it’s coming up on Christmas and got to get that “I want it’ buzz going before Black Friday but…
Do people really think wasting money on a video game that allows you to do things on you TV that you could be doing for real makes sense?
You stand in front of your TV and swing an imaginary golf club. What? Why aren’t you out on the golf course swinging a real club and enjoying the fresh air? Do we really put that much stock in the virtual world?
Okay when I was a kid, Pong was all the rage. Kids could sit for hours playing this game if we had been allowed to do so. We weren’t. Go outside and play was a standard parent phrase back in the day. We went outside in the fresh air air and played stickball, or kick ball or tennis or any of a hundred other games that either existed or popped up in our imaginations. We ran, jumped, sweated and burned off energy in an actual physical environment we could see, smell, hear, feel and in some cases taste. We didn’t stay cooped up in the house all day.
Now we have a generation of future hermits in the making. There’s no need to interact with the real world, make friends, meet people and experience things. Just turn on your Xbox and pretend you are experiencing something.