Fact of life: When people find a passion, they almost always share it with loved ones and friends. Video games are no different, something columnist Jeff Cork noted in this month’s Game Informer.
“We certainly don’t have a corner on the market when it comes to projecting our own interest on other people ’ just look at hardcore sports fans,” Cork writes. “But I think there’s something particularly needy and pathetic about the obsession that gamers have about converting the non-believers.”
As an example, Cork points to his own wife, who remains unexcited about games. “I could frustrate both of us by trying to force the issue,” he explains. “But I’ve learned not to bother. She certainly doesn’t try to get me to watch reruns of The Gilmore Girls.” Never mind those gamers that are always saying, “You gotta play this game!” (I know dude, sorta busy with other crap at the moment. Lay off it.)
But the kicker is how Cork respects his kid’s interests. “My older son, who just turned three, doesn’t have much interest in games,” he says. “We’re fine with watching him play with trucks and stomp around with his toy dinosaurs. He has his whole life ahead of him, and it doesn’t make much sense to plop him down in front of a TV when he’s so happy being an active little boy.”
Nice form. Have you ever forced video games onto others?