educational purposes. My son is three years old and he is in that horrible stage where he loves to watch the same cartoons over and over again. He made me see all the episodes of my Bluey series on Disney+ (this has to be said more about the authors of Game Design than most guys), with his favorite posts. Repeated up to five times in a row. But he’s still a kid and I can understand that. I will slowly try to introduce a little variety in his media menu (in competition with school friends), then I will try to get him to strip what he sees, reads, plays and finally I will try to teach him something very important to be able to really appreciate anything, or more simply, learn to criticize Anything: Interpretation of interpretation. I don’t want to see him as discounted as those players who did offended Ron Gilbert for the chosen graphic style for Back to Monkey Island. I should try to make sure that he becomes curious about all the interpretations of the world and beauty and that he doesn’t start out full of prejudices and protect himself from his own personal tastes (which is a psychological misunderstanding, but let’s not continue).
Of course he will have his likes and something he will love more than anything else, naturally and as he should be. But I want him to be sharply critical and at the same time respect “something else” and try hard to understand it, even if he doesn’t care much or doesn’t like it. I’d like that before he spit out bile, he’ll try to understand why he’s doing it a certain way, who he wants to talk to, and whether the author took a certain route to get there. I wish he wasn’t one of those who say in front of Fontana’s cut-out panels: “I could have done that too” or one of those who associate every experience with his reproductive system. Like the players have threatened with death Ron Gilbert on Return to Monkey Island’s new graphic style.
In short, I will try to give him some interpretive independence, being aware of the fact that you never stop learning, trying to prevent him from becoming arrogant. Hopefully he will understand that an author’s choice other than the expected one is not the end of the world and that once the initial bewilderment is over, if you try to understand the work you can also find something unexpected inside, because it’s not always what it is. What is important comes from what we choose, but we often meet by chance, and perhaps we make minimal effort to adapt until we understand that not everything can be done on our own. Not like those single-celled creatures who offended the Gilbert family with their new Return to Monkey Island graphic style. These only need sucker.
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