23 January 2009

Video Games

I fear this may open up a can of worms.  For those of you expecting Rebecca and I to have an online argument each time we post here, sorry, we hope to not do that.  Our goal is to just offer our opinion on various topics and sound off each other.  Obviously, we have different opinions, and perspectives, and somehow we try to make them mesh into a family.  When the different opinions do rise, well, I usually get my way because I am the man.  (jab jab)

So I wanted to start a little discussion for input from all who read about video games.  I love video games and think there is nothing wrong with having them as a part of your life.  I still play video games quite regularly.  (I am on my fourth dynasty season with the Green Bay Packers on Madden 07, I need one more win out of the next 3 to secure my spot as a wildcard team for the playoffs).  I love shoot em up games.  I do not think that video games are to be blamed for kids being to violent or aggressive in real life.  I blame parents for not teaching their kids a little more about reality versus fantasy and video games.  

That said, I do get very annoyed with the kids that do nothing but play video games.  It frustrates me to no end when my scouts stay home from an activity to play Halo with their friends.  Video games are fun, great, and entertaining, but when I played video games it was because it was raining outside or my friends were grounded.  It was a third or fourth choice after other options didn't pan out.  It seems today's kids use it as option number one.  I blame the parents for this one too.  Teach the kids to be creative and active.  Get outside and see what color the neighbors house is.  A great opportunity to do this would be while you are toilet papering their house, unless I am your neighbor. 

My whole point of this is two fold:  one- to share my opinion that there is nothing wrong with a little hand eye coordination training on the Xbox, two- it is sad to me that parents leave the teaching of their kids to a computer or something other than themselves.  Anyone want to play some Techmo Bowl?