I enjoy computer games. Quite a lot, really. And I think I’m pretty safe saying that a lot of other guys also enjoy computer games.
But are they bad? They’re clearly pretty addictive seeing that so many people are so into them, but does that make them sinful?
Well, the answer is either ‘yes’, anything that begins to control your behaviour is by nature bad, or ‘no’, it’s just like having any other hobby.
Or is it, as I’d suggest, more along the lines of ‘it depends’?
I think that computer games as a recreational activity are harmless; they can genuinely bring a sense of relaxation (particularly to men, who have the ability to think of literally nothing and still breathe), and they’re also fun as a group activity.
But one thing they do is provide a sense of adrenalin and excitement without any real effort, danger or responsibility. With a computer game I can hit a hole-in-one, play in the World Cup, and fight in a war without even standing up. And is that reallya good habit to be building in men?