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Discrimination Against Gamers?

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on December 17, 2008 - 11:22am

There's been some discussion on the web about whether or not employers should be discriminating against gamers, given some claims that people who use their computers to play games will inevitably do so at the office and thus be less productive employees.

A vigorous discussion on has broken out here.

Is this a vicious stereotype? Is there some truth to it? It seems like there's a lot of mixed messages about gaming going on in our society. I can't say I'm shocked by this, but I'm also saddened given how much librarians have tried to advocate the idea that gaming is a useful educational tool that can be used to help children learn and gain valuable problem-solving skills.


Comments (1)

Hi Dan, Interesting post, I

Hi Dan,

Interesting post, I wonder though if employers should be more worried about bloggers. I used to play Civilization 3 for days on end. I couldn't stop, but when I went to work I didn't want to play it since I knew I'd never be able to give it the proper time commitment.

Yet, I've had blogs and found myself (Off-the-record) taking 15 - 20 minutes to update it sometimes longer. I'd read and re-read it to make sure things were correct. Also, once you start blogging, as you know, it leads to reading other blogs.

mikewashere