When my son was two years old, he came into my study and found my
computer sitting, disassembled, on the floor; having never seen
something like that, he asked "what is it?". "It's daddy's computer",
I said. "Oh! Daddy's computer! Like Mommy's computer! Wanna play a
game!", he said. He'd played Frozen Bubble with mommy on her laptop.
Now, I use this computer almost exclusively for:
- developing software
- editing paintings
So I said:
No, there are no games on this computer.
But, then I caught myself and had to make a correction--because, well,
what's the difference between work and play, anyway?
I've been telling people for years, "Yeah, I play a Massive
Multiplayer Online Game: open-source software development!". And, it's
true--hacking FOSS is a lot like gaming (and the painting,
too, might as well be a game).
So I corrected myself:
You're not old enough to play these games.
Except, that wasn't right either. It's got nothing to do with being
old enough. So I corrected myself again:
You haven't yet learned enough to appreciate these games.
"Oh", he said. "OK. Maybe later."