Bike Riding through Mitchell Park last week I saw a large group of kids, 8-13 years old standing around dressed like medieval knights, princes, sorcerers.
But Nothing was happening. The kids seemed to lay around talking. I watched for about half an hour. Twice I saw a group of two or three chase after another kid with plastic swords and maces and both times the fleeing kid stopped, knelled down and surrendered. I heard one kid say, ‘I can not defeat a sorcerer and knight, I submit.’
And then the kids went back to laying around and talking about their swords and powers. A friend told me that these kids were enacting a computer game out in the park. Back in 1965, when I was a kid, we made swords out of sticks and shields out of garbage can lids and we’d chase each other around and whack the hell out of each other.
Today, a kid lays around in front of his computer, twitching and imagining he has fierce powers. Then he goes outside to re-enact the computer game by again laying around and imagining he has powers, but ‘submits’ when attacked. Nobody surrendered in 1965. We clubbed it out till our swords broke.