A Pennsylvania lawyer in his 40s has been suspended from his profession for three years after he spectacularly failed to perform his duties. This was the Disciplinary Board’s decision after Matthew Eshelman confessed that video game addiction was at fault. It seems Atty. Matthew Eshelman used to work for another firm, then left that job when his gaming undermined his work. Shortly after establishing his own practice, the video game addiction stuck, with disastrous results.
This is actually sad news and no doubt a moment of extreme personal crisis for the person involved. Hopefully he has the fortitude to find a balance in life. It’s also indicative of a worrying trend in an otherwise beautiful industry. There’s no other way you can describe videogames these days: they are beautiful. The problem is, unlike books or film or opera music, they tend to preoccupy the overstimulated modern-age workers that comprise our global consumer society.
You don’t hear of people getting fired from their jobs because of listening to too much classical music, right? If only video games can finally attain that plateau—becoming a worthwhile diversion that’s more the object of pleasure than an engaging activity that’s frowned upon.
Should this incident herald the inception of Gamers Anonymous (GA)?