First, Coburn attacks the establishment of The International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG), which received over $100,000 in federal loans in New York, saying “This is not a Christmas wish list.”
The organization Coburn barrages for its toddler-like wastefulness collects, organizes, and documents one of the most powerfully influential sources of media in modern society: video games. Video games are not just stupid playthings anymore - they involve people emotionally, psychologically, and now even physically.
There is not one other medium that contains this amount of power – the power to bring an experience to life – the power to fully connect a virtual world in the substantial world.
I can almost guarantee that this guy has not played a single video game since Computer Space, because he seems to lack the ability to grasp a firm understanding of how much the medium has evolved thus far and just how rapidly it is still evolving.
Coburn, ahem M.D. Coburn, ironically seems to lack any fundamental knowledge of evolution to begin with anyway. He openly berates the development of an educational game called "RapidGuppy" by The Guppy Project, which he describes as a game in which “users control the growth and evolution of a guppy.”
Hello? Wake up and smell the f*cking goddamn coffee, Tom. Evolution is not possible by a single guppy, and the way that RapidGuppy is described makes it sound like a mindless entertainment, as opposed to a strong learning device.
I think it would be more accurate to say “users interact in a virtual world with populations of guppies in order to gain a better understanding of how evolution and adaptation play a role in the environment.”
Admittedly, not all the government investments listed on the Wastebook are ignorant - spending tax dollars on things like “emergency” snow cone machines, research on monkeys throwing their own sh*t, and creating an online soap opera series is disgustingly wasteful.
But honestly, an official published document written by a senator in office who takes the authority to compile a solid list of destructive spending should include a bit more research in his work. I mean it's one thing to have an opinion, but it's another thing to have an informed opinion, especially if you're trying to be a serious politician. (Wait never mind, that's an oxymoron)
Coburn, on a scale from one to douche hole here, is about halfway, and lands on a solid pricklicer . He analyzes some strangely superfluous spending throughout the entire work, but definitely makes a share of ridiculously dumb claims. Videos games are just a baby media – a young infant in such a vast culture. But this baby is a child prodigy, and we should invest all we can in its potential to grow