When taken at face value, childhood game ‘Simon Says’ is a simple concept where one player, titled ‘Simon’ aims to deceive other players into floundering out of the game by failing to follow his commands correctly. Simon’s aim is to dupe players by performing commands that have not been preceded by the phrase ‘Simon Says’. Despite early gameplay being somewhat entertaining, the game is unfortunately marred by its tyrannical undertones and its uncanny resemblance to the attitudes of the Soviet Union.
Although this advocation of exercise in children is admirable, the symmetry with Stalin’s Soviet regime is inescapable
As somewhat of a false positive, the game does promote lean athleticism that should be appreciated. Simon can demand that players hop on the spot, run around the room and do star jumps. Although this advocation of exercise in children is admirable, the symmetry with Stalin’s Soviet regime is inescapable, absorbing all manner of entertainment from playing the game.
Simon, revealed to be a cruel puppeteer of a game-master, is presented with such authoritarian powers that it is surprising that the game doesn’t end in a bloody coup. Isn’t every outcome of ‘Simon Says’ the same? Simon always wins. Simon will make you run and touch walls, jump on the spot and sit on the floor but victory is impossible for the oblivious players; Simon will always get you.
In addition, the foundations of the game rely on a sickening degree of deceit that is unhealthy for young children to be subjected to. Partakers in the game must only perform actions that are preceded by ‘Simon Says…’ but Simon may trick his subjects by omitting the phrase and coaxing his subjects into ejection from the game. It should be very clear that this is an antiquated military ideal and a vituperative indoctrination of children from an early age.
In addition, the foundations of the game rely on a sickening degree of deceit that is unhealthy for young children to be subjected to
Is this really the kind of mentality that we want to be inflicted on our young? Surely, by allowing our children to partake in such a ruthless game we are promoting a totalitarian ideology? Do we really need to raise a generation of Kim Jong Ils before we realise that this poisonous little game is to blame? I think I’ve made my point clear. Don’t play this game; the future of our children is too precious to risk.