my cousin ari is five years old. he doesn't have a videogame console yet. his parents prefer that he read books and play outside. i can't argue that. however, when he stops by for a visit, i indulge his request to play games. i think it's rather fascinating to watch him figure out puzzles. and it's incredibly exciting when he does something "right". i recently captured his face playing katamari damacy. he's much more expressive when he plays than us, adult gamers.
ari, like all his classmates are fascinated by videogames. more so, than i was. and the best part is that he's got someone in his life to tell him, "you can grow up to be a game developer." a few nights ago we had dinner with a bunch of kids. one was a 13 year old named dakota, who told me that he'd like to be a game designer one day. i asked him why not a programmer, artist, or animator? he casually shrugged and said, he liked to "think about how games are played." kids today!
harmonix, will you please add a few whitney houston songs to your next iteration of karaoke revolution? i really feel like belting out, "i believe the children are our future. teach them well and let them lead the way!"