This isn’t entirely arcade related – it’s more about video games in general and how they affected this particular person’s life. His point about video games being a potential place to waste one’s time is well taken although what he offers as alternatives for what you could otherwise do with your time are fairly lame. He also makes a good point about how video games can have a good social aspect behind them, allowing people who share a common interest to come together and have fun(where we can apply that arcades, which he seems to never have spent time in). At the end of the day, that’s what video games are all about – he claims that they have no value other than the social aspect once people come together to play them but even if you play them alone, you are paying for entertainment and spending your time for that purpose. I don’t think it should let it rule your entire life – if you end up divorced over it like this guy was then I don’t think you can blame video games for it all, as it boils down to how you choose to spend your time – which can be on anything, video games/technology can’t be singled out as an exclusive for all the problems our generation faces. Still, I understand his point as I have been amazed at the amount of time people spend on games like World of Warcraft particular, I have seen people ignore their kids as they sit down to play and the kids just sit there and cry while the parent zones out.
What are your thoughts about this?