Raymond D. Souza, a Canadian column writer, called video games “the crack cocaine of the electronic world” in one of his columns recently. He said that in his second year at Queen’s University, Tetris contributed to his “worst performance in 12 years of post-secondary education.”
Souza says that after deleting Tetris from his hard drive, he has not touched another video game. He also blames video games for taking time, health, and thought away from kids, and that they celebrate graphic violence, multifarious delinquency, and borderline pornography.
While the graphic violence and multifarious delinquency are, for the most part, true, I don’t think I’ll be seeing my Grand Theft Auto-playing nephew shooting up his kindergarten class any time soon. Nor do I find fitting colored blocks into slots as any sort of reason for poor performance in school, especially for someone as seemingly intelligent as Mr. Souza. But that’s just my opinion.