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October 22, 2005

Parents and Videogames

I always enjoy Halley's blog and today she posts about parents and video games.

I rarely find parents who take THE TIME TO SIT DOWN AND PLAY the games with their kids. That's what I've been doing for three years now. I stink at playing, but I know about a lot of games. Parents who don't play think Tetris, Splinter Cell, Jak and Daxter and Halo are the same -- and they are not.


As I mentioned below, even if you are a parent who has ZERO interest in actually playing videogames, please read the book "Everything Bad is Good For You" by Steven Johnson, to get a perspective on what a complex, artistic, challenging, educational excursion our kids are taking when they play. [Halley's Comment]

My sister is one of those parents who has no interest in video games. She watches the ratings of the games, but really has no idea about the content most of the time. To me it seems like issue of paying attention to what your child watches on TV. Just because a show isn't violent or whatever doesn't mean that you would want your child watching it.

Then again, I don't have a kid so I may not be qualified to say much about this. I do know that as a kid I would have loved it if my parents were more interested in the games I liked and wanted to play.

Posted by snooze at October 22, 2005 12:40 PM

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My kids are "lucky" in that both their parents are into games. What games don't interest me interest hubby and vise versa, so we're able to pre-screen games to decide whether or not they are appropriate as well as to share a common interest (or at least be able to participate in conversation) with the kids.

Sorta funny, at this point all five of us (even Jenica, who is only four) play on Guild Wars. It's the only game all of us play, but makes for some interesting dinner time conversations.

I think the same holds true of all hobbies. Even though hubby's dad wasn't particularly interested in camping, hiking, boating, fishing, etc. he was heavily involved in Scouts when my husband was a kid. You just DO these things because you want to be a part of your child's life.

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