Blinking Lizards

“The nippers are bleeping and zapping in speechless rapture, their passive faces washed in explosions and gore. They sit for so long that their souls seem to have been sucked down the cathode ray tube. They become like blinking lizards, motionless, absorbed, only the twitching of their hands showing they are still conscious. These machines teach them nothing. They stimulate no ratiocination, discovery or feat of memory.”

Boris Johnson MP, 2007

Podgy old Conversative bloke gets tetchy about gaming. He’s ‘the funny one’ of British politics. Apparently games are to blame for the drop in literacy in the youth of today. Yeah. Because kids really worked hard at being literate before videogames came along… More here.

5 Responses to “Blinking Lizards”

  • Masked Dave Says:

    The spotting of this yesterday lead to a really interesting debate over on The Complete Tales* which you can find here:

    *A forum I frequent that was originally know as Marple Mysteries and a spin-off from PCGF. We’re where all the good people went.

  • Rossignol Says:

    Cheers, I’ve posted a response of my own on there.

  • cb Says:

    What Will Wright said: “Most people on the far side of the generational divide – elders – look at games and see a list of ills (they’re violent, addictive, childish, worthless). Some of these labels may be deserved. But the positive aspects of gaming – creativity, community, self-esteem, problem-solving – are somehow less visible to nongamers.

    I think part of this stems from the fact that watching someone play a game is a different experience than actually holding the controller and playing it yourself. Vastly different. Imagine that all you knew about movies was gleaned through observing the audience in a theater – but that you had never watched a film. You would conclude that movies induce lethargy and junk-food binges. That may be true, but you’re missing the big picture.”

  • Rossignol Says:

    Great quote. I read that before somewhere. Was it from the Wired article?

  • DuBBle Says:

    I’d abandon my most-loved vice for an interview with Boris. I’d have to ask him ‘With your hilariously worded opinions, wouldn’t you be better off writing fiction?’

    Also, PCGF has a thread of its own: