Learning the spirit of the (video)game from Indira Gandhi
Posted April 28, 2009on:
A famous quote of Indira Nehru Gandhi is: All my games were political games I was, like Joan of Arc, perpetually being burned at the stake.
Indira Ghandi suggests that if If you have a moral, poltical or ethical principle, you should follow it and take inspiration from it, even if you risk the gallows.
And here is the question, why if we the have worldwide shared human principles, a kid can make robberies, steal cars and kill everyone playing a videogame?
What kind of message is this?
Is criminal violence cool?
Fortunately, in the video game industry there are also great examples of clever games and new products, oriented to education, fitness, brain training etc.
I’m for this second kind of games, not only because they’re physically and mentally healthy, but also I think that the deeper essence of any kind of game is to educate and to build a consciousness of the elementary human principles and behaviors.
In this sense a game choice is a political game, because you choose if you want to deal with the improvement of yourself or with brutality and criminality.
Indira Gandhi’s big lesson in her small sentence about “political games”, gives me a good reason to say that I would prefer being put at the stake rather than kill a character in a videogame.