Tell Me Again About How Important They Are
Last Friday a post hit the League of Legends forums titled, "Open Letter to Parents of League of Legends Players," which I didn't find out about until today's Penny Arcade. In this post Ice Weasel X wants all you parents out there to let these kids finish their matches. Bed time? Let them play. Dinner time? Let them play? They start a match after you've told them to go to bed? Let them play. I understand that for Ice Weasel X that League of Legends is really important. In fact it's so important that he's gone out of his way to try and tell parents how wrong they are for making their children get off a video game - because doing so is teaching them a bad lesson about their responsibilities towards other people.
Here's the thing: I don't give a fuck about your god damned video game match. My son could be playing football and if I tell him it's time for dinner his rear had best be heading for that seat at the table. I don't care if he's in the middle of a League of Legends match. I don't care if his team is winning or losing. I don't care if he's the best player or the worst. When I tell him it's time to get off the computer the discussion is over. This isn't a negotiation between equals where your words will have an impact on how my child is raised. I'm the parent, you're not.
Get over yourself, you self-important child.