The modern version of the playground fight is happening all across America in TV rooms and bedrooms harboring players of action/adventure games.
Jimmy: (bluntly) “Oh, you jerk! Why’d you kill me! Now I’m going to go into the building and get more ammo!” (Now absorbed again into the game and away from any conscious understanding of the social consequences coming his way).
Johnny: (offended) Jerk? You think I’m a jerk? I thought we were friends!
Jimmy: (still distracted) “What do you mean ‘jerk’? I never called you a jerk!
Johnny: (with righteous indignation) You liar! Yes, you did!
He said, he said. Distracted communication during video game play leads to misunderstanding and name calling, anger and confusion, and loss of civility and friendliness. “Headset friendships” are prone to such miscommunication.
On the playground an adult may notice the brewing problem and step in to mediate. If you have designed the game play area in your home Continue reading