Let Your Children Play Video Games, Mark Zuckerberg Says

"I definitely wouldn't have gotten into programming if I hadn't played games."

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg may not have gotten into programming had it not been for video games, the 31-year-old billionaire said this week during a town hall Q&A meeting. As part of his presentation, Zuckerberg advised parents to let their children play video games.

"Letting them play around with stuff is one of the best things you can do," Zuckerberg said, as reported by USA Today.

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Zuckerberg grew up in upstate New York, which typically gets hammered by lake effect snow. He shared that, because his sisters wouldn't have snowball fights with him, he decided to build a snowball fighting video game. "It was a terrible game," he said, but pointed out that working on such projects is what inspired him to get into computer programming.

"I do think this dynamic around kids growing up, building games and playing games, is an important one because I think this is how a lot of kids get into programming," he explained. "I definitely would not have gotten into programming if I had not played games as a kid."

"Most of the engineers I know, who are some of the best engineers in the world, are self-taught," he added. "We need to work on this to get more exposure out to people."

Also during the Q&A, Zuckerberg revealed that Facebook's overall goal for its Oculus Rift headset is to eventually update the design over time to look more like "normal glasses." The Oculus Rift consumer model launches in the first quarter of 2016, meaning it should arrive before April 2016.

Facebook paid $2 billion to buy Oculus VR, developer of the Rift headset, in March 2014.

In addition, Zuckerberg talked about the potential for augmented reality technology like Microsoft's HoloLens. Though Microsoft may have a working prototype at the moment, Zuckerberg said he doesn't foresee technology of this nature truly taking off for years.

"It's going to take five, seven, 10, maybe 12 years to build that out, to have something that really works and is cheap enough for everyone around the world to use," he said.

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I'm even less interested in Oculos Rift now that I know Facebook is behind it. Yuck.

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I know people who refuse to let their kids play video games or watch TV, and highly regulate everything they do.


It's pretty sad.

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@Thanatos2k: And it leads to mental problems also

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Motherf*ck zuckerb*tch.

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My first steps in programming were writing choose your own adventure games based on Star Trek on C64, I understand the general idea being put forth here and it's valid. However, the industry now, gaming and technology in general, is mostly focused on increasingly closed systems where you can't play around and experiment, to the extent that in many cases it has even become illegal.


Facebook may not be a big offender in that respect, I don't really know enough about them to be honest, considering they are mostly services they're likely one of the more "open" big companies. But they certainly have played around in it and I'm sure given the right opportunities they'd love to (and perhaps already plan to) own a big hardware platform and lock that sucker down :).

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Simply amazing that Zuckerberg is not smart enough to realize that his success is 100% the result of right time, right place rather than any significant benefit to humanity. It's like the fucking pet moon rock, no really significant thought, simply the thought at the right time.

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This jew sold us all out on facebook, he gave the data base to NSA. Thank you mister zuckerberg and **** you! Make a favor to us all and die!

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No, no, don't listen to Zukerberg! He is just some freaky dude that likes to be alone somewhere on an island where he secretly makes female robots to fulfill his sexual fetishes while pretending to do Turing tests!

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@nero3068: I haven't laughed that hard at a comment in a while.

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Also let them backstab everyone. He wouldn't be a millioniare if he didn't

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Yeah I think the same is true for me too actually, although, it would have had to have been PC games.

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So if his parents hadn't let him play videogames there would be no facebook today? Alright, my kids will never touch any videogames ever.

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i told my mom this when i was 30 and still at home putting in 60+ hours a week in WoW

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nice, I agree Mark.. and there are trolls everywhere in gaming too! (sees message board)

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Everything in moderation

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Shut up, Mark.

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@nothingformoney: ok :(

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Mark Zuckerberg wants to play with your kids and take your money. What's new?

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kids have been doing so for over 30 years..

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Hows Facebooks privacy issue coming along in Europe Zuckerberg?

*Tumbleweed*

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I would have gone into programming if I hadn't played too many games

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On the othe rhand... Playing too much video games can make you stupid.

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@Dogswithguns: Nah, that's television and celebrities.

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Gaming is overrated.

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@justbefahad: Wrong website for you then.

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@RSM-HQ: What? This isn't Amazon?

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@justbefahad@RSM-HQ: Could have been worst... could have been ebay...

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Still, kick their @$$es out of the house every day for a couple hours to play sports, so they don't turn into morbidly obese, TMZ-obsessed nobodies who rant endlessly on the internet about how unfair life is. We have enough of those already.

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@aedanblack: Shelf-stocking Republican sighted.

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NO!!! games cause misogyny and encourage r^pe culture

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Video games are a fun hobby that can have a lot of beneficial side effects, as in the case with Zuckerberg - it got him interested in programming in general. I see absolutely nothing wrong with his opinion. His business practices aside, it's refreshing to see people in his position actually discuss games positively. Despite being the fastest growing entertainment medium out there, games still have a lot of negative stigma attached to them. When one of the youngest billionaires in the world speaks out positively about them, people are more inclined to listen and receptive. And perhaps even take the industry a bit more seriously. It's not like the guy is advocating kids sitting around playing games for 10 hours a day.

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Some of you guys certainly sound quite sheepish. You don't have to like the guy to agree with him. How can you disagree with his statements here?

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Some people think zuckerberg haters hate because he is rich. The real reason why many haters hate is because this is a guy that will sell you out for a dollar and make monkey by spying on you. Why would you trust advice from someone like that?

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@xcollector: You're over-thinking this. Who cares about any of that? He's giving advice on how playing video games can get kids interested in programming. They can do whatever the f*ck they want with that, but it's extremely valuable advice, especially since many parents don't understand how playing games can lead to modifying them, and then making them, and then making whatever you want.


The advice is too basic to talk about why you hate Zuckerberg. And anyways, it sounds more like why you think you hate Zuckerberg, because your reason sounds like some conspiracy nonsense.

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@xcollector: if it's advice about selling people out for a dollar and making money by spying on them, then yes, he's the only guy whose advice i would trust.

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Well since he owns Oculus it would pretty damn weird if he didn't endorse gaming.


Hey, why not ask him if he endorses Social Media too.

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screw yourself mark

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