Monday, September 19, 2011

about Mark Driscoll's comment that video games are stupid ...

If University of Washington researchers use a competitive video game to take advantage of the human mind's capacity for spatial reasoning to help network some new, if small, discoveries in HIV treatment research ... does Mark Driscoll still get to say that video games are stupid pursuits of vicarious victories that don't matter and don't leave a legacy?

Well, Driscoll would say video games are stupid anyway. A bunch of gamers got lucky and were building on the work of some other guy working to leave a legacy. Points noted, should Driscoll ever pay enough attention to AIDs research or gaming to notice any of the above-linked news. Yet even if the actual scientific discovery arrived at by competitive video gaming turns out to be modest the significant thing is that it happened at all. A small step forward in AIDs research is probably a bigger legacy and a victory that matters more than, say, baseball games.

Maybe playing video games is foolish and Driscoll can still consider himself wise to rant about how foolish they are. I'll confess that I'm not a huge fan of video games and there are times when I'm tempted to think they're stupid. But humility involves recognizing that what seems stupid to me may genuinely be some kind of vocation or legitimate activity to others. God knows I don't get why people waste their lives on baseball but I try to resist the temptation to say that watching baseball is the stupid pursuit of enjoying vicarious victories that don't matter.

And a certain statement from the apostle Paul has stuck with me.

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are ...

Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up. Besides, if you don't humble yourself, He might do it for you by providentially using those stupid video gamers playing stupid video games to make a breakthrough in AIDs research while you're taking your kids to Little League games whose victories will no doubt, not make newspaper headlines.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I like video games.