Now for me, that argument holds little value. I understand who I am and what I want out of life. And that doesn’t include video games.
But think of it through the eyes of a teenager, whose vision of reality and fantasy are blurred. They hear this battle cry for greatness, and begin to crave it. They want to become “someone” and whether that someone is real or virtual, it doesn’t matter.
And what greatness is Playstation promoting? Violence. Destruction. Power.
That is what bothers me.
One of the best lines in the movie “Oz” is at the end when Oz realizes he has everything he’s ever hoped for, which includes, ironically, none of the things he was in pursuit of. He looks into Glinda’s eyes, and she says, “See? There is something better than greatness.”
“What’s that?” he asks.
Carmen Rasmusen Herbert is a former "American Idol" contestant who writes about entertainment and family for the Deseret News.
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