Hank Rearden
Google blacksmith and you get all kinds of hits for world of Warcraft blacksmith. Has the world gone upside down or what? Maybe it's just me. I'd rather create something for real than pretend to on a computer. What do you Think?
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NorrinRadd
I agree that at this stage in life I would rather make something real instead of virtual. But I will say that these games may make some kids think about actually making something like they saw in a game, some may even get good at it. That's exactly how I got into this.

Maybe a common theme, kid gets into Skyrim/WOW/ClashOfClans/Runescape etc.., plays for hours levels up a B.A. character, gets into forging virtual weapons, then the light goes off.."hey dad I want to forge a real sword", D.I.Y. Dad's like "Heck yeah, lets do this! but we have to start with the basics", family member happens to find a hand crank forge around this same time, mount a scrap of rail road track, badabing we're burning steel in the backyard. 

Just saying you never know where someone will get there inspiration.
The trick is keeping them interested.
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Hank Rearden
I find inspiration in the oddest places. It's true that Dad's can play a big part. I talked to my kids about it which got little interest from them until I started a fire. Then they gathered around. Still I couldn't get them over to try it. They did think it was cool. So This spring I hope they'll be more opened to the idea.
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jmccustomknives
I don't have a problem with games, it isn't much different than books.  You will always have people who have fantasies of smithing (usually sword making) fueled by books, movies or games.  Some of them will decide to try their hand at forging.  When they do, they come in with preconceived notions on how it's done and not have a clue just how dirty or hard it is.  They never read about the burns from hot metal nor see the frustration of having a piece burn because it got left in the fire too long.  Most of those guys burn out in a little time, but some step back and do their homework and go on to be accomplished smiths.  As for those that don't, they at least have some kind of respect for the craft.

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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