Back when I was a kid, most games were played outdoors. The rule of thumb for Filipino street games: the more, the many-er. My playmates didn’t consist of just my friends and neighbors but also kids from the next town. Or whoever’s relatives are there for a visit.
Of course, everyday wasn’t midsummer. Being in a tropical country means you have to be prepared for storms and brownouts. So when those things happened, we brought out board games or relied on other fun stuff like stories, riddles, and songs.
And that is what makes me wonder about the next batch of kids: do they play the games we played?
Certainly, street games are played—by kids who don’t have consoles or an Internet connection. Ask those who have money to burn about tumbang preso or patintero and it’s likely that they could tell you about them—thanks to Google and Wikipedia!—but played them? Eyes will roll.
If reports are to be believed, the gamer generation has benefited from video games. Their eyes record the details of the landscape better and make decisions faster.
Personally, I’m all for fun, even video games. But, for the record, I wouldn’t wait for the brownouts to teach kids how else they could have fun with other children when they could enjoy the same games out in the sun and without the threat of a storm signal.