A tech/culture writer on Salon has posted a lengthy essay on the experience of taking his 12 year old son to Blizzcon. The tone’s a little overly-sentimental for my taste, but you may enjoy it for yourself, or even send an excerpt to one of your parents. Assuming they’re not the type who break your game disks if you leave them out. Here’s a quote.
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It’s easier to be a geek in 2010 than it was in 1972, a fact that even the most cursory comparison of BlizzCon 2010 with a Stan Lee book party would tell you. To my 12-year-old self the technology on display in Anaheim would have seemed the purest science fiction. The emergence of computers and the Internet has transformed the geek into a person of great cultural and financial power. Money can be made by geeks and by catering to geeks. Gaming is as big a business as Hollywood. The worldwide appetite for fantasy seems unquenchable. Blizzard has capitalized on this fact as well as anyone this side of Peter Jackson or J.K. Rowling. There is an extent to which my son—all of our sons and daughters!—never had a chance for another path, even if one sets aside the influence of my family lore. The seductive power of the entertainment machine has never been more powerful, more immersive or more addictive.