You Can Lead a Horse to Water, But You Can’t Make Him Go

Figure 1: Jennings, 2016

Sam Kriss’ article: Resist Pokémon Go

There exists a pervasive idea that because the newer generation’s collective childhood is unlike the previous, that it is somehow lesser; less wholesome, less enriching. The case could well be that children are being enriched in different ways, perhaps intelligence and creativity-wise, due to video games and the unique stimulation they bring. (Wignall, 2012) Even when games like Pokémon Go surface, encouraging kids to take their bikes and ride about their neighbourhoods, commuting with friends, their seniors will find reasons to disapprove of this. (Hinsliff, 2016)

When this attitude permeates, exaggerated claims are made that paint the bleak picture of an authoritarian system facilitated by video games which doesn’t exist. (Kriss, 2016) It is easy to turn the trend of children spending long stretches of time occupied by a computer screen into something out of an Orwellian dystopic novel, but this imagining is not the case. The influence of Pokémon Go is one an individual may opt into or opt out of at any time at ease, much unlike a dictatorship. Like any game, individuals pursue goals at their own pace and for their own satisfaction, not for the needs of a totalitarian government. Where games were initially a cause for concern for introverts being inside too much, Pokémon Go is unique in ensuring that its players go outside and be relatively active in order to progress.  (ScienceDaily, 2016)

References

Hinsliff, G. (2016). Why Pokémon Go really is a national health service | Gaby Hinsliff. [online] the Guardian. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/22/pokemon-go-health-service-silly-mobile-phone-game-parenting-holy-grail [Accessed 21 Aug. 2016].

Jennings, B. (2016). Home – Ben Jennings. [online] Ben-jennings.com. Available at: http://ben-jennings.com/Home [Accessed 21 Aug. 2016].

Kriss, S. (2016). Resist Pokémon Go. [online] Jacobin. Available at: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/07/pokemon-go-pokestops-game-situationist-play-children/ [Accessed 21 Aug. 2016].

Marx, K. (2016). Marx’s Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844. [online] Marxists.org. Available at: https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1844/manuscripts/preface.htm [Accessed 21 Aug. 2016].

Science Daily, (2016). Health benefits of Pokémon Go. [online] ScienceDaily. Available at: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160715181715.htm [Accessed 21 Aug. 2016].

Wignall, A. (2012). Science Says Playing Video Games Can Make You Smarter. [online] College Raptor Blog. Available at: https://www.collegeraptor.com/blog/tips-and-tools/science-says-playing-video-games-can-make-you-smarter/ [Accessed 21 Aug. 2016].

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