Old Man Warner snorted. “Pack of crazy fools,” he said “Listening to the young folks, nothing’s good enough for them. Next thing you know they’ll be wanting to go back to living in caves, nobody work any more, live that way for a while.” While Shirley Jackson’s short story the lottery is definitely older than video games this statement almost perfectly sums up the view of parents on video games. With the statement “living in caves, nobody work any more,” being comparable to a child staying home rather than going outside and playing sports like a “normal” child. The “Crazy fools” in a parents eye is the video game industry giving their children their ear in market like “listening to the young folks” that buy their games. The statement “live that way for a while.” is comparable to how some children game for extended periods of time and that their parents worry from this.
Older than games? yes. But there is some truth as the statements stated above are highly applicable to VGA and the general view from parents who don’t know what happens if you “quit the lottery”.