From the Homefront: The good game: video games that grow our kids

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  • Pierda kaysville, ut
    Feb. 2, 2015 9:07 a.m.

    I had this exact conversation with a neighbor about ten years ago. He basically said that by not allowing my kids to play video games I was crippling them from future opportunities.

    I chose instead to involve my child in athletics, scouting, and other reality based experiences.

    Ten years later, his kid has health problems from being obese. He has no social skills and rarely comes out of his basement. His grades are terrible and he'll be lucky to graduate High School. My child is very well socially adjusted, has a lot of friends, is weighing several scholarship options for college and is the picture of health.

    My kids occasionally play video games, but they get bored with them easily. They'd rather be outdoors with their friends actually doing REAL activities. Games are a diversion that are fun occasionally but when used in excess can be very detrimental. Just like playing Monopoly won't make you a financial wizard in real life, playing video games give you no real life skills.

    This argument that kids who don't play video games will be at a disadvantage simply isn't true.

  • Sambonethegreat Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 28, 2015 8:10 a.m.

    Video games are also useful for treating OCD. It creates a distraction in the person's brain and makes them less anxious. It also helps relieve stress.

  • Eliyahu Pleasant Grove, UT
    Jan. 28, 2015 7:34 a.m.

    What you'll find and learn in video games depends upon what you're seeking. As a participant in the virtual reality simulation called Second Life, I explained to someone a few days ago: If you're looking for bars and brothels, you'll find them. But if you're looking for good people, religious associations, artists, creators, and uplifting experiences, you'll find them as well. It's up to you to decide where you want to go and what you want to do when you get there. When we sit down at a computer or game console, we each have the power to make the decisions about what we'll get from it. The medium itself is neither good nor bad. It's neutral, and what we make of it is up to each of us.