The Henry Rollins Show

Season 3 Episode 3

John Waters, The Mars Volta

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Aired Unknown Apr 27, 2007 on IFC
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      • Henry: (Teeing Off) I have never sat in front of a screen with that thing in my hands and played a video game. I once played an Asteroids type game that came with a computer I bought in the 90's and decided it was a great way to waste my time. I'm 46 years old and as much as I don't think gaming is a thing only for the young, I am set in my ways and prefer other methods of passing my time, what little of it I have left.

        Back in my day, sensitive youths, too creatively minded and not genetically blessed for the brutality of sport and the pursuit of females, played Dungeons and Dragons, where they were able to wield great power and throw themselves wholeheartedly into a world of fantasy. No one got laid, but no one got hurt, either. Years ago, concerned groups made up of parents, religious leaders and others looking to pick up pc brownie points expressed concern about the nature of the games. The incredible amounts of violent content and the incredible amounts of time their kids spent playing the games raised what in my opinion, were valid concerns. Those voices were muted when it became clear that the video games were a multi-billion dollar industry. The games and the technology moved forward at an incredible rate as the graphic nature of some of the games made the My Lai Massacre look like a tea dance.

        Something I find interesting is the amount of time soldiers and Marines serving in Iraq spend playing video games. Psychologists recommend video games to soldiers to relieve stress and boost morale. The Military made a video game called "America's Army" to give people a view into the life of a soldier. The game "Operation Flashpoint" was developed by the Military and sold to the public. Soldiers have said that some of the games make the real life situations they deal with more familiar. I think that video gaming is preparation for the compulsory military service that is sure come at some point. When Uncle Sam wants you, you will be ready! For me, the worst part of gaming is that it is a distraction from real life, which is the greatest game there is. All things in moderation, before your thumbs fall off.

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