Turn Off The Video Games & Take Your Kid To See ‘The Odd Life Of Timothy Green’

Fri, August 17, 2012 6:10pm EST by 1 Comment
The Odd Life of Timothy Green Review
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Posted at 2:05 PM on August 18, 2012  

Seriously? Turn off video games?

I’m going to tell you about Halo.

A little boy named John is abducted from his school by the government and trained as a super soldier. He makes countless sacrifices and risks his life for earth against the alien hordes while The Arbiter, an alien traitor leads a species of alien to rebel against the main force of invaders.

Eventually The Arbiter and John team up to finish the fight against the aliens. The Arbiter is accepted by the humans and by the end of the series thinks that John is dead. But he isn’t, he’s just floating through space. He made a sacrifice for the greater good, taking a chance that the humans will look for him (but they won’t; The Arbiter told them he’s dead. I cried here).

John puts himself into a sleep (cryostasis) and tells his Artificial Intelligence companion Cortana to “Wake me when you [Cortana] need me”.

We see here that John has become a tool of war. He has become a weapon. He has lost *dramatic pause* his humanity.

Now THAT, Bonnie, is a story!

Please, don’t hesitate to educate yourself before making a sweeping statement about an entire form of media like video games because, chances are, little Sasha will learn a lot more playing Halo than watching two drunkards somehow create a child by closing their eyes, clicking their heels together and saying; “I do believe in fairies, I do, I do.”

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