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Politics and Video Games

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18.09.2020

By: Abdullah Shahid

Knowledge is a vague term, but we are told to seek it, and to do so, a person would either Google it, read a book or acquire it through some other medium (for example films or social media). Video games are not exempt from this rule as they too teach like any other conventional medium, at times even better.

Video games have a trick up their sleeve, gameplay, which can easily immerse a player as compared to a book’s complex literary structure that may not be understood, even by those who regularly read.

But no one wants to do that.

No one plays video games to “seek knowledge”; they want to shoot stuff, kill random aliens or play whatever is trending to appear, in sync with friends or social media. Games like PUBG or Fortnite might be fun to play, just that, as these games are a product of bland commercialism.

Video games have been demonized by our elders because according to them they are indecent, time wasting and cause violence. Video games will receive this criticism, especially with PUBG’s ban and the PTA’s recent crusade to remove anything deemed “indecent”; laws will be made, politicians will debate in Parliament and the media will argue over it. All because in other countries where video games became popular, they went through all this process just as video games in Pakistan are slowly becoming mainstream.

But video games are much more than “violent fantasies”. A plane enthusiast could learn to fly a plane in........

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