Sofa Boy Image

Sofa Boy Image

In my last post, I mentioned how the video game industry does a terrible job of promoting public awareness and taking responsibility for its influence in today’s world.

Well, I’m happy to tell you that there’s one game designer who wrote a new children’s book about the perils of playing video games too much. His name is Scott Langteau and his book is called Sofa Boy, currently available online at Shake the Moon Books.

Sofa Boy is a tale written in the style of the Brothers Grimm and points out the dire consequences (in a humourous way) of what happens to little children whose parents let them play video games far too much. It reminds me of the classic German book Struwwelpeter published in 1845. When I was a little boy, my grandmother had an illustrated copy from 1917 in her home. I was captivated by the stories of what happened to children who sucked their thumbs or played with matches.

Here’s two links about Sofa Boy:

Heed the Lessons of Sofa Boy

Sofa Boy Uprooting Console Potatoes

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