... or so says Yoshiyuki Tomino. And he ought to know, since he's spent a lot of years creating them.
At the 2009 CESA Developers Conference, Tomino, the creator of the much-beloved mecha franchise, ... took advantage of the opportunity to deliver a keynote to game developers, reportedly to provoke them and try to make them reconsider gaming's future ...
"I think that video games are evil," Tomino told those in attendance. "[Gaming] is not a type of activity that provides any support to our daily lives, and all these consoles are just consuming electricity! Let's say we have about three billion people on this planet wasting their time, bringing no productivity at all. Add 10 billion more people, and what would happen to our planet? Video games are assisting the death of our planet!" ...
This "games are evil" thing will certainly dishearten my resident teenager, who has been sitting in his bedroom for hours on end doing evil. (And has the gaming thumbs to prove it.)
But of course, this evilness paradigm can be easily extended to comic books, movies, cartoons, and doodling mindlessly in a notebook with lined paper. (I mean, land sakes alive! How productive are all those things?)
We really should be out there, every last one of us, harvesting crops, performing brain surgery, and manufacturing the Cars of the Future.
Everything else is just burning daylight.