Last week, I had lunch with my friend, Hugh Spencer, a writer and designer of museum and public educational exhibitions. He told me an amazing story about his son and games, and I asked him to write it up for Boing Boing:
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This is a picture of my amazing youngest son Evan. He's 13, he's
holding a game controller and looking at a glowing screen and he's
doing what he does a lot of -- diving into digital realms of
His latest favourite game is Call of Duty - which he plays on-line
with his friends. Evan's wanting to play C of D was something of a
challenge for us. It's rated T and he's only just a teenager and
point and shoot first person games worry me some. Evan is
relentlessly reasonable sometimes -- he outlined why he wanted to play
the game and he was pretty upfront why he knew my "parent-sense" would
start tingling. So I had to be reasonable too. I looked at the game.
I've done a lot of research for military museums so I could tell that
the content was accurate -- but there was lots of shooting and blowing
things up. But there was a fair bit of that during World War II. So
it was undeniable that Evan was experiencing history and there was
this teamwork factor...
So we compromised. Well, sort of.
I asked Evan to google the Geneva Convention. Then he had to read it
and then we had to discuss it.