'The Video Game Industry Has Become The Whipping Boy For Laziness...'

Recently, a clip of a pro baseball coach imparting some life lessons to a young boy went viral online. One of those lessons: "Do you play video games? Don't do that either, or you'll be dumb like the rest of these idiots. That's all they do is play video games. You come home from school and the first thing you do is your homework, you understand that? "

The clip is embedded above.

Earlier this week, while he was making the rounds to promote the Nintendo 2DS and Wii U price drop, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime appeared on CNBC. They showed him the clip.

His reaction:

Fils-Aime advised playing games in moderation, but the CNBC anchor made a salient observation: 'Somehow the video game industry has become the whipping boy for laziness and everything else."

The Nintendo man cited his company's creation of self-help games like Wii Fit and Brain Age to point out that games ain't all bad. But I think the CNBC anchor zeroed in on the issue correctly. Video games remain the perpetual outsider, the threat, the time suck, the non-nutritious meal in many people's minds. Hard to shake that. And maybe it's not something that video games, amusements by their very nature, can't or shouldn't even try to shed.


    Hey Mr Baseball man, 1920 called, they want their pep talk back.

    Asides from the obvious sales pitch Reggie goes onto, I do like his little comment about being a parent. The baseball player... ugh... what an idiot.

    Well in defense of the baseball dude, I skipped out on soccer practice a bunch of times as a kid to play Breath of Fire II, and now it's 3:44pm and I've yet to get out of bed today.

    If I where him, i'd also add
    "You use Facebook? Don't use that either. It's a waste of time. It breeds irresponsibility"

    He told the kid to eat his vegetables and do his homework. That's about the only good thing he said.

    Despite how much this guy is going to piss off the gaming community, all he's really doing is telling the kid to put emphasis on his priorities.

    "Don't play baseball, you spend all your time practicing and no time learning!"

    I bet the finance industry is feeling like the pressure's off...

    I don't think it's fair to say it's the cause of laziness... but it's certainly a symptom. I'm currently pissing away my summer holidays playing games instead of studying. Woohoo!

    "You like to play sports kid? Don't play sports. Know Kevin Thompson from Daira? Play sports and wind up like him. Guaranteed. Go home, do enough homework until you're caught up, then read a book or paint a painting, or play a sweet video game."

    I agree with the guy, only because of the existence of fanboy trolls. They are indeed stupid idiots.

    Otherwise, video gamers are just normal people, not idiots.

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