If games negatively affected school performance that drastically, I’d still be in Primary School.
An FCC Commissioner made a silly comment about games and drop-outs, and WoW Commoner has a nice write-up. Go read, bookmark the blog, then lets continue.
You might find it alarming that one of the top reasons for college drop-outs in the U.S. is online gaming addiction – such as World of Warcraft – which is played by 11 million individuals worldwide.
Arrrg, c’mon folks:
(a) most drop-outs have nothing to do with a person’s hobby. Get some stats on how good the course is, or money, family, drugs, relationships as causes; then tell me where mmo or other games are on the list.
(b) get some stats period! Not just a general feeling, then step to the podium.
Blaming a computer game is like shooting fish in a barrel, as nobody who isn’t involved really understands or cares. Blame the ones who nobody understands is a great political tool used since cavemen started having elections.
I hold a good job in IT Project Management, have a degree, and was working on my Masters degree until family got in the way. And I have a level 80 Death Knight, and have been playing for years.
And if we do see a drop-out try to blame their status on a computer game, then look a little deeper into their background. I think you’ll find a lot of evidence that the person was not a perfect a-grade student before they played a few sessions of WoW. Its the Matrix being blamed for school shootings, or Dungeons and Dragons for a kid getting stabbed.
How about this:
Chess is the root cause of all violence and competition in modern society… Most leadership types love it, its a tactical game with only 3 outcomes, and its been around a darn long time.
Such pure asshattery can only be the result of a milliner taking a job in a sewage plant. Or perhaps an FCC commissioner.