Reading is an action and, therefore, work. We actively retrieve information from books. With TV the information comes to us. Video games only require us to react. Many people are lazy.
As an avid gamer, I disagree. In fact, it sounds like typical prejudice to me. Games require you to actually digest the information that was given to you and make the apropiate decision. I would even say it involves more thinking than reading books.
Off course, its game-dependant. Some games are more about making quick decisions and memorizing patterns. Others throw dexterity out of the window and focus on providing you with mental challenges. And off course, there are those who do both, at different times.
But its ultimately all mental exercise. Even the most action-oriented games are fundamentally about thinking... which way do you run? who do you shot first? Even if they are almost invisible, there are tactical, logical decisions to be made right there.
I can't remember about past threads but what is Mo's position on the realm of comic books and graphic novels? I know because of his age, you would limit the intake of these types of these books but I wonder if that might light his reading steam engine into a permanent full speed ahead regarding reading for pleasure.
Comic books did indeed help my burgeoning reading addiction.
Comics are the first thing that ever piked my interest for reading books =)
My mother would give them for me to read even before I could, but somehow I settled for guessing what the characters were doing based on the pictures (Cant imagine myself doing that nowadays). Got better after I learnt to read =)
You can't really get away with that anymore -- leaving your unattended children in a public building for hours on end.
I dont think crimes with children happen more nowadays... they are discovered and announced more oftenly than in the past, partly because technology advanced, partly because news agencies found out that drama makes stuff sell better =) ... and theres more people too, hence greater daily chances of anything happening, that everyone will learn about.
It seems to me, that an author of fiction is the god of the universe
whereof he writes: he creates it n defines it. When we read his work,
we fall into his world and we remain there so long as we keep reading.
Beautifully put, sir!
The upside is that non-readers are ridiculously easy to beat at Trivial Pursuit. Anyone ever notice that?
You should read the game's name again =)
Y shoud I care which group of strangers prevails over which other group of strangers??
I feel exactly the same way. I live in a country where almost everyone (or every man, at least) has a football team they cheer for, for some reason. And some take it to ridiculous extends, like organizing groups to beat up fans of other teams. I could understand finding the game interesting to watch, but I dont get why people are so interested into seeing their team win if they, themselves, stand to gain nothing from it, other than maybe being able to brag that they cheered for the right team.
Yes - I am better reading in my head. I can retain it - but my mind seems to drift when I read aloud.Wonder why?
I also cant read aloud. I suspect the sound of me reading distracts me from my reading =)
I cant read, and find it difficult to concentrate, then I am hearing something else inteligible. If its a murmur, I dont care much, but if I can understand what is being said, then its like my attention is being robbed away by that.
Im a person who reads for fun sometimes, mostly fiction, preferably humorous. I reached the "peak" of my reading sometime on childhood and how much/oftenly I read has been going down since then. I simply tend to prefer games, anime and manga over books. I rarely read books anymore unless im out of options... I keep some "stockpiled" on my laptop and read then ocasionally, usually then I dont have access to the internet or an energy source (a open word document eats a lot less battery than videos or games). I dont bother keeping physical books at the ready, because the books I am interested into reading are never avaible where I live, and im fine reading on the computer.
To be honest, I think society over-values the reading of books. To me, books are just a source of information/entertainment, just like music, videos, games, whatever...
Books only give you objective information, knowledge, without anything for the senses.
Music and audio files add sound input to that. Sound can transmit emotion, and this potentially enriches the experience.
Movies and videos add moving images to this. Again, more sensorial input, more emotion and art being transmitted in the same time.
Games make all that change according to the player's decisions, adding yet another layer to the experience.
But just because they are stacked on top of one another, that doesnt means one is necessarly better than the other. It all depend of how each individual work is made and combines these elements. To me, they are all art. Society shouldnt encourage people to indulge in books, but to indulge in art, specially that which makes you think, be it books, musics, videos or games.
I remembered a little game I found once, a game that took pieces of books and literature in general and turned then into a plataform game, made entirely with words, where the color, position, formation and nature of the words depend of what they convey. I think any fan of reading should check it out =)
Maybe im weird, but the way they put things together in this game strikes me as artistic and beautiful.