In a video interview with Slate, acclaimed director Wes Anderson discussed the similarities he perceives between children and adults:
“I see them as not so different. Parents…they’re aware of some risks that the children are not just in tune with at all, but nevertheless they’re dealing with similar things. But with the children, the innocence can be an advantage, maybe.”
Though he’s delving into what very well may be a distillation of his filmic philosophy, it’s a great mindset to help explain why we’re still drawn to games, and how we play them differently. Playing through a child’s eyes, you tend to just “go for it” in ways that you might not when you’re grown—how many times have we played FIFA with extreme tactical precision, only to be shown up by the wise-ass who decided to pull their keeper and dribble the field? Maybe we should work harder to figure out how to turn our innocence into advantages more often.