We’re back! After an unexplained 17 week absence. We got a little turned around lately. But we’re here again and ready to go. Did you miss us? No? Oh. We, ah, we thought folks missed us. [cricket; cricket; cricket]
But you have to understand that even for the most jaded degenerate blog author, life has to take priority and can get out of hand. We finally got divorced (there is a God) and I lost one of my dog buddies. He will be missed, and is currently barking in Valhalla where he belongs. Eh, it’s been a long few weeks.
So we’re here to write about what important topic to all humanity today?
– The World Cup (aka Uncle Vlad’s Guide to Effective Bribery of International Organizations 101)?
– The fact that immigration policies, procedures, and methods employed during the Obama administration are suddenly beyond the pale?
– The creation of Space Force (aka that thing that will never actually happen)?
– Chronic forthcoming global instability created by manic squirrels?
We’re here instead to briefly rant about the World Health Organization’s decision to state that playing video games is a classifiable addiction disorder. Long term readers of this blog will be aware of two key facts:
1) I play a lot of video games.
2) I have a very low opinion of the WHO.
Granted, the WHO’s response to the recent ebola outbreak in Congo has been pretty good. It seems they learned their lessons from the outbreak in West Africa a few years ago. What could easily have turned into an even bigger nightmare if ebola had made its way down the river to Kinshasa (aka one of the biggest cities on Earth) seems to have been stopped in its tracks. Good on them.
But then every once and a while the WHO reminds people how much money they burn on stupidity that could be spent vaccinating people against [insert anything here]. Hell, if video games are now an addictive disorder (as in the same category as nicotine) then we might as well classify drinking water as addictive.
Ever hear the term ‘everything in moderation’? This is a pretty good term to live by. Just about anything can be bad if you go at it too often. You can even drink so much water that it kills you. And your body is made up mostly of water. But does that mean something is so powerful it can literally alter your body?
For example, I’m pretty sure if you play video games for a year your physical brain chemistry isn’t going to change. If however, you decide to smoke crack for a year, I’m pretty sure you come out the back end of that year an entirely different person.
If you still don’t get where I’m going with this, just go ahead and put a crack addict and stand them next to even the most extreme South Korean player of StarCraft II. I’m pretty sure you’ll see what I’m getting it.
Focus on ebola WHO, stop wasting my time.
“Hey there kiddies. Wanna get high?”