"Games don't prevent anyone from learning or having a great job" is mostly true, but almost nothing in life is absolute. Games COULD prevent a person from learning or having a great job by taking time away that could be spent on something else. For example, a person, in their school years, constantly plays games in escape out of depression from, say, their social life at school. The constant playing of games, in turn, diverts attention away from important tasks such as homework and general studying in place of happiness. In that sense, games are the direct factor for taking time away from important tasks, and the indirect REAL problem is the social environment for that person/kid.
In essence, video games, games in general, or ANYTHING that is considered entertainment have a multi-dimensional effect based on the person (player). To say that video games is bad is like saying that the sun is bad and just causes cancer. Bleh! :-<
Gluttony is a sin, but reflects on eating or drinking too much. (In ancient times, there wasn't really much to have TOO MUCH of anything. Too much of anything or an inordinate desire to consume more than that which one requires is bad in general. Playing games too much is just as bad as eating too much. And giving money away to the poor too much is also just as bad, obviously, because one could turn into them in time!
For every good side, there's a bad side and for every bad side, there's a good side. The good should always be aimed for, while thinking for oneself and thinking for others. Everybody is different like no two grains of sand are exactly the same even though they look the same. People's desire and specialties tie back to their personality, intelligence, physical abilities, assets, and thinking (and whatever else I'm missing, lol) Whatever that is being worked on is time spent. The open ended question is "How well can that time be spent?" In a casino, the choices of slot machines, poker, blackjack, roulette , and whatever else are options with only a limited amount of funds with a certain amount of time available. Does one blow it all away on certain things that are fun quickly or diversify funds slowly to enjoy the time given for the night?
In life, there's always problems. The answer depends on how one looks at a problem. And there will always be times when the solution that appears to be the answer in a given decade causes a crisis the next decade. A causes B, B causes C, and C is great happiness, but because of A and along with C, D happens and there's great misery. For each point before D, nothing was bad and everything was good. Where exactly was the problem?
Here's a quick way to check for narrow mindedness. Look at a BLANK wall with NOTHING on it; what problems do see you? If you simply see a fixed number of problems such as zero, one, or two. There's a problem right there! Is it completely bad? No. About 99.9% plus of people are like that.
Everyone's life is like a river and each river is different. Certain things that are great (or even bad) for one river are not the same for another. This is life, and it's the choices we have that makes our future. Not everybody can be in the gaming industry or whatever else. One must move forward with what they are best at with the facts given. And that one has to be guided at a young age. (sorry parents; just do more explaining! lol And talking in an angry way doesn't always help and could actually make things worse. However, also being too nice and saying that playing video games is good and to keep on playing till one wins could really be a bad idea if something is not being worked on and completed such as homework!)
Life can also be like a walk on a tight rope over the grand canyon with treasures that bewilder the mind on the other end. To keep on going would wear one out, then eventually fall. To constantly rest would be like waiting until the tight rope breaks and one falls. Where one falls is the end of that person. But each tight rope is different for everyone and only few will make it to the other side. For each and every person, they'll drop things on the way; some not needed and some memorable. To reach the other end, it's all about the attempt, the effort, and the journey.
To the Journey!
**opening a bottle of the good stuff**