I can’t really say that I’m a Facebook Gamer. I played Restaurant City for about a year before I lost interest and I dabbled in Hotel City. But I never got sucked into Farmville like a lot of people I know. However, today while looking through my news items (on Facebook no less), I came across a friend who linked to an article called ‘Police Give Take on Facebook Pot Farm Game.’
In this article, Sheffield Police Chief Greg Ray was quoted saying that the game disguises and glamorizes the drug. Um, ok…
But in the last part of the article, Chief Ray says “I don’t think it teaches you how to be a pot farmer or a pot grower, no more than a dungeons and dragons game would teach you how to be a dragon slayer.”
Personally, I don’t really think that PotFarm glamorizes the drug anymore than Dungeons and Dragons turns the average house wife into a chain bikini, sword wielding, magic performing psychopath. I myself play all sorts of games Mr. Ray might think glamorizes murder, back stabbing friends, guns, and even drugs (Your Friend the Computer wants you to just be happy after all…). Vampire the Masquerade, Hunter the Reckoning, Paranoia, Necessary Evil are just a few systems and settings that I can name off the top of my head that doesn’t exactly set the best example in the world since I can be a card carrying, duel chainsaw wielding psycho path if I really want to be! Doomsday Barbie from a Necessary Evil campaign comes to mind.
Really, I think people just need to stop making mountains out of molehills when it comes to games. If parents actually parent and the US would fucking grow up when it comes to soft drugs, I wouldn’t even have to be writing this blog post. Now would I?