A small rant

watching gamesSo, I’ve mentioned before that I watch videos to pass the time these days because I have a lot of time on my hands, and I’m usually too fatigued to do much of anything else.  I also play video games because why not? I like video games. And sometimes I watch other people play video games — especially new games and games that I’m probably never gonna play. I enjoy it. It’s entertaining for me. There’s a lot of people who think that playing videos and especially watching other people playing video games is a complete waste of time. That my time could be “better spent” reading a book, taking a walk, or even… watching television — for some reason.

You know what I say to that? Screw that noise.  Why is reading a book better than watching videos? I also read books, and I enjoy them. Hell, I was an English major in college. I’ve probably read more books than some people have ever seen in their lifetime.  I love books. All that being said,  books are not intrinsically better than any other form of entertainment — including video games. Both video games and books serve the same purpose – to entertain and/or educate. There is a lot of writing that goes into video games — probably as much that goes into the writing of a book. I mean, there are stories behind a video game (at least the ones that I play).  Like, Skyrim… I consider games like Skyrim similar to a book that I can reread many times and it’s slightly different every time.

And the videos that I watch of the people who play video games — well, they — the Youtubers I watch — put quite a bit of work into the making of those videos.  Yes, they are amatures and not professionally produced but I still find the videos are very entertaining. So, you know what? There’s no reason why I (or anyone else) should put these videos aside to “read a book” or whatever. The time I spend watching videos or playing video games is not time wasted. I’m enjoying myself; it’s entertaining. Just as entertaining as if I were reading a book, watching television, or watching a movie. My time is my own, and I have never understood why people feel the need to judge how I spend it. I’m not hurting anyone by what I do, so honestly I really wish they’d take their judgement and put it where the sun doesn’t shine.



6 thoughts on “A small rant

    1. Willow Post author

      I am still reading your blog, but WP makes it difficult to comment and keep up with the comments. But I’m still reading it!


  1. Marilyn Armstrong

    Books are only intrinsically better for people who haven’t read any. And you’d be surprised at how many people I meet who do not read. I don’t mean they don’t read serious books. They also don’t read the backs of cereal boxes or comics. They do not read at all unless it’s a text on the phone — and many of them are functionally illiterate. I sometimes suspect they are illiterate by choice,

    So if you read books, great. If you play video game, terrific. If you NEVER EVER READ ANYTHING, you are ignorant. Video games are fun, but books can contain knowledge and ideas. We all need some of that. Brains are important. They need occasional feeding.


    1. Willow Post author

      First, WordPress sent your comment to spam, so I didn’t see it until now, and second… I’m going to respectfully disagree with you here. Even if someone is functionally illiterate, books are not intrinsically better than video games. The fact that someone is functionally illiterate (or completely illiterate) does not change the intrinsic value of a book, movie, television show, or video game. Because the purpose of any of those forms of media is still the same — to entertain and/or educate. Because all forms of entertainment contain knowledge and ideas. Not just books. Yes, even video games. To think otherwise is elitist and IMHO wrong. Every artist wants to educate the masses, and not every artist uses the written word.

      If someone is illiterate in any way, shape, or form — that is not the fault of the medium, but the education they received from their parents and the society they grew up in. And if someone is illiterate then I say, “Thank goodness they have other forms of entertainment to use and even possibly learn from.” Like there are people out there now who can learn to knit, crochet, sew, and cook because of mediums like YouTube where if there were only books, they never would have learned these skills at all.


  2. Embeecee

    Any person who feels the need to judge for ANY REASON ought to take a hard look at themselves before doing so. Because no doubt there’s something the judge-y tool needs to change, which others are judging THEM on.. I don’t think your past time is weird or should be changed to something else. It’s entertaining for YOU and that’s the point. And as you state, it ain’t hurting anyone else… *feh*. Carry on.

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    1. Willow Post author

      ^_^ I generally let these things roll off my back, but I keep seeing people judge others the same way they judge me, and although I posted about *me*… it goes for everyone else too. Like, leave people to enjoy their time their own way.

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