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The Only Thing I Know

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Feb 9, 2010 | 8:22 PM EST
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This has been the most difficult film I have ever made, because its meaning is very true to my soul. For too much of my life I have been a mindless consumer of time. Hopelessly placing value in things that never gave an ounce of value back. Now that I am older, I worry endlessly that this new generation is making the same mistakes I now deeply regret.

In the end, I hope my message is honest and clear. Whether you agree with me or not, please share you thoughts, spark meaningful discussions, and share this film with everyone you know.

Special thanks to all those who have been my strength - and to all of you for taking a moment to open your minds =)



Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

I understand the meanings behind your animation, and am touched by it. Though I myself spend countless hours with Link, Mario, and countless other digital creations, I do believe gaming is not just a waste of time, and that it can bring people together. I respect you for creating this and sharing it, no matter the horrible comments you were bound to receive, and believe that such courage is quite an achievement. I also really enjoy that you elaborated the way you did, it really made me want to step away from the computer and rethink my life, especially since I've been an avid gamer since I learned how to talk! Your moral is wonderful, and I wish you well and hope your mistakes can be forgotten and forgiven.

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Rated 0 / 5 stars

The feature was technically well done but the message it contains is trite at best. The message seems to be "time spent playing video games" is bad, noting that there were other things he could have done with this time instead of get xbox acheivments. The problem with this argument is that, in the end, EVERYTHING is just a meangingless xbox acheivement. You do not take love, money, memory or possession of any variety past your own death. While I acknowledge, for the author of this video, that video games clearly seem to have been unfulfilling to him and perhaps a waste of HIS time, this does not translate to a universal truth. The audacity of it all really detracts from any redeeming merit of this work and the choice to put an anti video game propaganda ad on a site like Newgrounds is baffling. I hope you have found something in life that makes your time well spent, but don't use that as an excuse to feel justified in bashing our hobbies.

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Rated 2 / 5 stars

The concept was good, but the execution was terrible.

Basically, you're saying that you yourself have no responsibility for the bad decisions you've made, and that video games are the cause. The games have nothing to do with it. They are just a tool. People have problems, and they retreat into things. Books. Games. Sports. Work. Even sexual relationships.

You cannot tell someone they've "wasted their life". I realized this a while bacl, and discarded it, because gaming is something I enjoy doing. It doesn't hurt me to play games, because I make friends doing so, and I don't neglect other areas of my life for them. If you do, the issue is with YOU, not with the games. If you didn't have the games, you would still have the same problem, you would just channel it into something else. Maybe you would have your nose permanently buried in a book. Maybe you would use headphones to block out the world around you, or maybe you would have a phone glued to your palm.

This film is not about the problems of video games. It's about the inability to accept responsibility for your actions, and to admit that it is YOUR fault. Your wife did not leave you because you played games; she left because you would rather selfishly entertain yourself than spend time with her. You didn't become overweight because of games; you became overweight because instead of exercising, you chose to sit around in a sedentary lifestyle. Games are not the problem. Your state of mind is. Playing games distracts you from this state of mind instead of addressing it.

But the problem is, what if that is what the person WANTS? What if they don't mind having a few less friends in exchange for personal entertainment, and the ability to experience things they would never be able to otherwise? Why is, say, exploring a mountain range in a video game any worse than exploring one in real life? What makes the activities you do in a game any less important than physical ones? The only value of anything in this life is what you put on it. I don't have any wish to be rich, or famous, or popular. I am fine with a small group of friends who I love, staying in the same places, using technology as a way to go to places beyond imagination. Could I go climb a mountain, or canoe through the sea, or hack through the jungle? Sure, but here I can do those things from home, in safety. And that makes me happy. Who are you to tell me what should make me happy, or what I should enjoy? Or how I should live my life? Or what is worth doing, or what priorities I should place on things?

I understand your point, but your point does not apply to everyone. It may apply to you, but that does not mean you should tell others they have to be the same as you. My life is perfectly balanced. I'm still young; I'm 21, working on school, going to a job every day, moving into an apartment with my best friends this weekend. I don't go out and party, I don't go out to many social gatherings, I don't hang out with a bunch of people. I don't mind that. Sometimes I enjoy solitude, and sometimes I enjoy being with people who know me well enough to finish my sentences. Small groups and close bonds are things that make me happy, and that's how it will stay. Why do you see that as a bad thing?

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Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

The sad thing is, is that many people don't already know this.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

You said it yourself 'true to my soul' not everyone, but I can see what you're trying to say.