The article seems to imply that all of our enjoyment from video games comes from an attempt at reliving childhood. It seems to say that the wild imagination which is represented innocently is good, but the aggressive imagination is bad. In my opinion, both are natural the growth of a child, but this isn't the primary issue.

I liked both Galaxy and Gears and for obviously separate reasons, but neither because they reminded me of my childhood. As some other people on here have stated, I'm not 30 but a mere 21, so I'm liable to change. I rarely, if ever, connect a game with my childhood except if it's a long running series of games, like Mario, Mortal Kombat, or Sonic. In these situations, I'm not usually connecting the current ones with my childhood memories so much as comparing the games to their predecessors to see how far we've come.

In addition, I think some games are very separate from childhood, dealing with situation far removed from the understanding of the average child. A kid wouldn't understand the complexities of games like those of the Metal Gear Solid franchise. I think the writer is looking a little too hard for the connection that is actually just a change in video game taste.

- BleachedBlind


In response to "Click Here for Hot Man Love!" from The Escapist Forum: I hope my parents aren't going to see my history with a title like that : ) Just joking, it's a very interesting article.

I think the internet can increase or decrease social interaction depending on how you use it, like with anything else. You can make alot of friends on the internet, often from other cultures. And I always send emails to my friends, and organize things through email. And you can research things on the internet etc etc. It's pretty useful thing if you use it right. I personally wouldn't even consider nude pictures and that. It's like when people put personal info on myspace and wonder why they are being stalked!

- kahori

That was indeed a very well written article. I was lured in by the promise of Hot Man Love, but... I should have known better. Didn't stop me from going, "oh hot damn, where is the Escapist going with THIS now?"

Regardless: The internet has absolutely helped me deal with my bisexuality in ways that I can't even begin to express a gratitude for. Without finding and learning about and meeting people of similar states of confusion regarding what is right, I would almost certainly have ended up repressed, confused and scared of this part of me.

- Yan-Yan


In response to "Stas and Squares" from The Escapist Forum: That was a great piece. Arthouse games are rapidly becoming my favorite stuff to check out on the web. The best thing about them is you can slowly see their themes and ideas cropping up in more mainstream titles. Points in the game where the player is being convinced to voluntarily quit, game designs that induce emotion, and the progression of the medium in general thanks to these people doing something new and getting people to check it out.

I also hope Braid at least gets the Steam treatment like Everyday Shooter.

- L.B. Jeffries

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