I think what I hate seeing in these types of articles is the general “GAMES BAD BOOKS GOOD” thing (for the full effect, imagine The Incredible Hulk saying that). Perhaps I’m only seeing this because of my interest in gaming (I am one of the co-founders of 8BitLibrary.com). I don’t know. I try to read articles like that from the approach of my parents, who are middle class, everyday blue collar folks who have their high school diploma. What would they think? I think they’d come to the conclusion that games are bad and reading is good. Especially with a headline like that.
That worries me a bit as someone who got a lot out of video games. I didn’t read a lot, but I played a lot of games. Some had great stories, some had crap stories. The same thing applies to a lot of books out there. I felt like what I was doing was the equivalent to reading in some way. I was participating in stories with characters/drama/plot/etc. The only difference is that my reading was a bit interactive. I got a lot of enjoyment out of these stories. The characters and their quests are still with me to this day.
I also think playing video games led me to a lot of reading which I wouldn’t have done before video games. I read a lot of gaming magazines and comics. That led to graphic novels and some sci-fi (actual books!). I wasn’t the best gamer in the world so sometimes I resorted to using strategy guides. That’s reading too!
Do I think it ate into reading time? I think it was my reading time.
-Post by Justin Hoenke, Tame the Web Contributor