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Are there games that we play in society that represent serious and terrible things?...

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yuni | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 8, 2009 at 1:18 PM via web

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Are there games that we play in society that represent serious and terrible things? give some example. why do we play these games? should we?

Are there games that we play in society that represent serious and terrible things? give some example. why do we play these games? should we?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 8, 2009 at 1:24 PM (Answer #2)

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The only example of a game that we in the United States play that represents something serious and terrible is the kids' game "Ring Around A Rosie."

That game comes from the Black Death (Bubonic Plague) that swept through Europe at various times in the Middle Ages.

Nowadays, I think we play it because it's traditional and the meaning has been so lost in time as to be irrelevant.

If we don't know the meaning of the game, it seems like there's no real problem with playing it.  If we did know the meaning, you might say it was good because it might makes us less afraid of death.

Is this what you're talking about or are you referring to games that represent something really immediate and current -- not something from 800 years ago?

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted June 7, 2010 at 3:26 AM (Answer #3)

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I would have to agree with the previous responder.

"Ring Around the Rosie" was a song that was made regarding the Black Death.

Ring Around the Rosie-This symbolized the sores that people had on their bodies

Pocket Full of Posies-People would carry flowers to help hide the smell of death

Ashes Ashes-People that died were burned

We All Fall Down-Everyone will die

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ako6777 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted June 7, 2010 at 11:22 AM (Answer #4)

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Many stories that were told to us and games that we learned as children were created to teach us a lesson about life.  Ring Around the Rosie was a song that taught about the plague.  London Bridge is Falling Down supposedly talks about the need for a human sacrifice to be buried under a bridge for it to be stable. Baa Baa Black Sheep is said to deal with the slave trade and medieval wool tax. 

I don't think there is any problem in playing these games or hearing these stories, as their meanings have been generally lost. 

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 28, 2011 at 1:51 PM (Answer #5)

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These are great examples. Today, the modern equivalent is video games. Many video games involve characters killing each other, running over people, or stealing cars. It is argued by some that these games provide harmless emotional release. Others claim that violent video games cause people to recreate the violence in real life.

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