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I don't think nerd culture really exists anymore, does it? Playing video games is considered cool, superheroes/comic books are mainstream, and it's fashionable to dress like a geek.
Oh I'm sure 100 hour RPG's, Star Trek, fantasy themed heavy metal and DND would still get one ostracised, young people or parents of appropriate aged kids please respond.


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Gaming also has a cross over between technology and imagination. Side scrollers like Mario Bros were revolutionary and at the limit of 1980s technology. Mario 64 was the first 3D version in 1996. Over the years the graphics have improved and there are new characters, items etc. but the basic structure of the games hasn't really changed. I played Gran Turismo 5 I think it was in Myer and the graphics were outstanding but after 5 minutes I was over it. Impressive as it was I've played 50 other racing car games before.

It's a constant battle by developers to come up with something new to pique people's interest. Nintendo hit a winner in the 2000s with the Wii gameplay with motion sensors and acceleromoters but that novelty wore off and now everyone has that tech in their stable. Wii was a hit, Wii-U not so much. Their latest point of difference with the Switch is having a console that is both portable and can be connected to a TV.
My nephew aged 10 (and even his 12 year old sister) love playing the SNES mini which surprised me. It's a fair testament to how great the Super Nintendo was/is when it can still entertain kids for hours 25+ years later that were brought up on modern games an technology.
 
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For those of you having a go at parents for giving their kids ipads etc to play with, where are you seeing this? As I would assume you are seeing it in public spaces, like a cafe or restaurant. I don't know about you but keeping your kid quiet and well behaved in a social setting is good parenting and to the benefit of most of us.

If you want to go to places where kids are running around like idiots and making a noise then by all means. I'll take the trade off of them using technology for an hour or so over that.
It happens everywhere. Then you’ve got the issue of parents who naively think their kids aren’t going to stumble across inappropriate shit.

YouTube especially is filled with awful shit and a few clicks can you lead you into a wormhole of paedophiles commenting on videos of young kids doing things or those weird as **** Elsa and Spider-Man videos that are sexual.

I also am a believer in teaching kids how to socialise in public places. What good is it doing to do them long-term if you shut them up with an iPad everytime you go out for lunch or dinner rather than getting them to learn how to eat and talk in that setting?

I think we’re already seeing the effects of technology as a means to cure boredom with the amount of people at pubs or cafes sitting there with friends staring at their phone the whole time.
 
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Those Elsa videos are seriously something else. I can understand the origin of the cartoon ones – it's expensive, but it's just farmed out to Asian animation studios who just want the pay – but the ones with irl actors spook me... what do these people do during the day? Are they complicit or being told?
 
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It happens everywhere. Then you’ve got the issue of parents who naively think their kids aren’t going to stumble across inappropriate shit.

YouTube especially is filled with awful shit and a few clicks can you lead you into a wormhole of paedophiles commenting on videos of young kids doing things or those weird as **** Elsa and Spider-Man videos that are sexual.

I also am a believer in teaching kids how to socialise in public places. What good is it doing to do them long-term if you shut them up with an iPad everytime you go out for lunch or dinner rather than getting them to learn how to eat and talk in that setting?

I think we’re already seeing the effects of technology as a means to cure boredom with the amount of people at pubs or cafes sitting there with friends staring at their phone the whole time.
Solid points. It wouldn't be an issue if parents that wanted to go out for dinner or a drink took them to the appropriate places imo.
 
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imo shithead little kids running around restaurants, yelling, or little turds who kick your chair on an aeroplane and cheekily ask what your name is... that's a sign of a pretty crap parent and generally shitty parents. Most decent people tend to have relaxed kids in social settings.
 

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imo shithead little kids running around restaurants, yelling, or little turds who kick your chair on an aeroplane and cheekily ask what your name is... that's a sign of a pretty crap parent and generally shitty parents. Most decent people tend to have relaxed kids in social settings.
Their kids are the centre of the universe, show some respect.
 

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imo shithead little kids running around restaurants, yelling, or little turds who kick your chair on an aeroplane and cheekily ask what your name is... that's a sign of a pretty crap parent and generally shitty parents. Most decent people tend to have relaxed kids in social settings.
Yeah agree, parents who cant control their kids tend to put them on Ipads/Tablets in social settings as they cant be bothered parenting. Bit of discipline (not even discipline but just general rule to follow while out socially) early teaches kids how to behave, but that is too hard for a percentage of parenting (30-40%), they would rather an Ipad teach their kids.

I find a fair portion (30-40%) of parents 'want' kids but don't 'want' to parent. These kids are then the ones running around unsupervised and take up 70% of the teachers attention at schools.
 

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imo shithead little kids running around restaurants, yelling, or little turds who kick your chair on an aeroplane and cheekily ask what your name is... that's a sign of a pretty crap parent and generally shitty parents. Most decent people tend to have relaxed kids in social settings.
One of the few good things about living in hotels for long periods when I was kid was that neither my brother or I were ever "those" kids at restaurants.
Never got the angst about shitty kids.

I've had far far more problems with ******* adults...........
 
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Never got the angst about shitty kids.

I've had far far more problems with ******* adults...........
But thus the cycle continues.

It's no shock when you see meathead scumbags in trackie dacks and no shoes down the local shop buying five packets of home brand chips, LA cola, and oven fries with a box of durries and Bucking Bronco bourbon then see them scream at their kid and smack them across the back of the head.

Little Ca-sha and Blayton might pick up a few things I reckon.
 

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But thus the cycle continues.

It's no shock when you see meathead scumbags in trackie dacks and no shoes down the local shop buying five packets of home brand chips, LA cola, and oven fries with a box of durries and Bucking Bronco bourbon then see them scream at their kid and smack them across the back of the head.

Little Ca-sha and Blayton might pick up a few things I reckon.
True. But this ain't the 90s. Really don't think the bogan thing exists much more.
 
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It is quite the sight seeing adults on social media and on here complaining about how kids these days lack respect. Given that as adults they love to hang shit on police, parking inspectors, teachers, members of the judiciary, employers etc. And openly boast about lying on CVs, at job interviews, to the ATO etc.
 
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