says the same thing. Personally, fantasy games in context IMO are fun but the other ones which are clearly realistic and perversely
violent, I personally find problematic for children to be playing.
share a book (01-05-2012)
My 7 year old plays skylanders.
He has played streetfight a few times with his dad, but not often as he is constantly pressing pause telling dh "a real martial artist could never do that'.
Im 100% fine with it, and this has not had an effect on his agression levels, im pretty sure he has zero agression, he wont even stop his younger brother from hurting him.
I also really dont care what others think.
Mortal Kombat is completely fantasy based, the new one made me cringe at age 28!
I don't think fantasy or reality matters so long as it's age appropriate and it suits the child.
Of course the two options for girls are not "get drunk and pregnant/get HIV," or play video games... but I'm just saying that I can see my daughter becomming a gamer as a teen, and if that means she spends time in her room/in the house shooting characters in a game, then I'm quite okay with that as it means the other "bad stuff," she MIGHT get up to as a teenager is less likely if she's far too concerned with spending time gaming.
Of course, those who are predisposed to anger issues will probably have these enhanced by their game-playing, and I do agree it's a bit anti-social... but some of us are anti-social anyway. I dislike spending time with people generally... so does DP. He's a much bigger gamer than I am, but we both enjoy playing games. I see no harm in it. If I saw my child turning into a person I didn't like because of her game-playing, then I'd seek help and try to make a change in her life.
A bit of time-out and game-playing doesn't mean your child is going to be anti-social obese jerk who thinks it's okay to stab people though. I don't... and shock horror, but favourite games to play are actually Saints Row and GTA (all about being a complete criminal jerk who gets involved in drug deals, pimping out hookers, killing cops, etc. You're yet to see me breaking the law like that though!
I think thats the main thing Benji...it should b age appropriate. Letting a small child play games or watch movies that are for teens / adults imo is wrong. Those ratings are there for a reason. To protect. And thats what parents should be concerned about.
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Sassy sorry I didn't mean to insinuate that playing video games would turn your child into an antisocial obese jerk, just like not playing them isn't going to turn kids into alcoholics who are pregnant. As I said in my post I think games can be very important to those people like my brother who don't have friends and who would struggle to relate to his son but for the fact they can game together. His son is the most balanced guy i know and he's been playing quite realistic and "violent" games with his father for years. It's just not something we'll be doing here. But a lot of people would find playing with barbies as detrimental as playing mortal kombat or whatever. Each tomtheir own and I trust most people to judge what's appropriate for their kids.
"Finish him!"; Is mortal kombat and then is your time to get in a 'fatility' which is a special gruesome kind of death.
I always appreciated johnny cages fatality... But eh im warped. Must have been cause i was playing mortal kombat at age 11. Eep.
Last edited by Zombie_eyes; 01-05-2012 at 20:10.
I dont judge star wars and ben 10 as much.
But Halo, war games and GTA style..no way till they move out and if they become gamers I will go and rip the machines out of the sockets and break them and smash them and run over them...
sorry carried away..I was a gamer when i was a teen.
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