When we didn’t think we could love her more, Gogglebox‘s Reverend Kate Bottley has praised the power of video games.
Talking to The Guardian at the GameCity festival in Nottingham where she showcased her skills at classic 1983 arcade game Track & Field, Kate enthused about their ability to help her son Arthur (who has an autism spectrum disorder) to socialise.
“Online gaming really helps him, and he’s got a little community that he plays with. These are his friends. These are his community. These are the people that he learns how to socialise with,” she explained.
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As part of this, Kate said that events like the GameCity festival allow her son to connect in the real world too.
“We can let Arthur go here, and he can talk to anyone. And they won’t make him feel stupid, and they won’t make him feel silly, and they will listen to him… He’s quite used to being the weirdest kid in the class. He’s not the weirdest kid here,” she revealed.
And that connection to other people can see video games help anyone, she believes.
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“I think what human beings want, regardless of whether we express an actual named faith or whether we profess to be atheist or whatever, is connection,” said Kate.
“What gaming provides for us is a platform to provide that connection with ourselves. It’s not just about wasting an hour.
“It’s actually about developing ourselves, and our relationships with others, and our relationships with the universe as a whole.”
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