Conventional Gaming?

Boingboing ran this story of a father whose concern about his 13 year old son playing Call of Duty led him to led to an agreement that the boy read - and play by - the rules of the Geneva Conventions. The Geneva Conventions consist of for treaties which set standards for the treatment of prisoners of war and non-combatants. As far as I know it's not even possible to violate the convention in the game (which is pressumably the latest title in the series, CoD: World at War), but I think this is not really the point.

This is a very good example of how parents should take their kids activities seriously and try to utilise them to interest them in something bigger. In this case, the game becomes a way for the boy to learn about history and ethics.

Why not get your kid interested in car mechanics or design if he/ she is an obsessive Gran Turismo player? Ask them to look up the parallels between the backstory of a game and its real world inspiration etc. The kids feel respected and interests that lie outside the play situation can be furthered.


Thanks to Brad Buset for emailing Parker the story and suggesting to write about it at the excact same time I emailed him to ask him if we should cover it…