I love the way you chose to send this message. You display meaning that you have from direct experience in a well-designed flash. The only animation issue is that as well as it is animated, it does not express your animating capabilities, a little too strong focus on the message. The only issue I hold with it is that it is very one sided; you almost explicitly say that you don't care what gamers say.
I think it would be more fair to give a perspective from our side. Where you may sound apocalyptic, I want to say that gaming is a powerful way to influence our imaginative ability. It's a well known philosophical concept that every single action and reaction we experience in our lives creates who we are. Video games do not only take away friends, even you mention that it opens a gate into a new community, to new friends where our interests and dreams can be shared. Yes we may be sacrificing our health, but what is the point of having good health if we cannot live a life enjoying what we do?
All I'm saying is that you should at least hear the other side's response, and why we want to enjoy living in a world that could never exist. Personally, I love being in a virtual world BECAUSE it can never be real. I could never realistically dream of being a true hero, so I become a virtual one instead, to help satisfy my impossible wish.
You have some interesting views...
But if things were really as bad as you said they were, chances are you had an addiction more serious then most gamers. I'm relatively certain that most people don't end up in situations as bad as the one you described.
Does Facebook improve your social life? Maybe, maybe not. But because of a certain Facebook community, I now have good friends in Australia, Norway and other parts of the world. Without FB, I wouldn't have even known they existed.
Even if it's not a durastic improvment to socialization in the traditional sense, it certainly adds diversity.
Sitting alone in front of a TV playing video games all day bothers you? Maybe some people just enjoy being alone, and don't completely depend on other people for amusement? Besides, you could always invite a friend over. Thus, you would not be sitting alone.
Anyway, you did a good job expressing your views and I can respect them and you for that.
You are great
That my friend, was one the of the greatest things I've ever heard, though it won't make me stop playing video games and doing what I already do, it still made me think, and the way you did this animation almost brought a tear to my eye XD it was great
A very good point
you vulgarized this message in a very good way and i do agree your statement is true to the deepest meaning, many people would benefit from hearing this simple message thank you for making this you did a great job and continue on your good work I do hope you will be able to reach your goal.
true and sincere...
This flash is one of the best I've ever seen. Everything from the animation to the voice work is very well done. Your hard work truely pays off here. The message you convey is also very well put and articulated. For years games have controlled my generation and their perspective on life. For hours on end they waste away playing a video game that in the end won't change their life for the better. They just sit there gaining virtual achievements hoping to gain some satisfaction that will never come. I thank you for putting this problem out here in the open on Newgrounds and I hope to see more of you. Later.