I'm not really "anti-video game"... I just think that in a lot of cases, people abuse them. My oldest son discovered a pac-man game at school and really liked it, so we borrowed it and copied it to our hard drive. Every couple of weeks he'll play it for maybe 15 or 20 minutes. After that, he's bored and wants to do something else. I have seen cases when children much younger than my son (who is 7) are playing more than an hour a day of various games on elaborate systems that are sadly housed in their BEDROOMS, which I think is a little wrong. I think that video games, as long as they aren't violent, and television as well, are not inherently dangerous or harmful, it is WHEN THEY BEGIN TO TAKE TIME AWAY FROM HEALTHIER ACTIVITIES (such as reading, playing outside, doing artsy stuff....etc...), that they begin to pose a threat to child development. It's like junk food... a cookie isn't going to poison a child, in most cases, in my opinion, but when a child is eating cookies before supper, and then not being hungry for nutritious food, it can be a danger.
I guess I just think it's all about balance. And what's right for my family may not be right for all. Also, as a past poster mentioned, video games are crazy expensive in many cases. You won't catch me paying a thousand bucks for a PS3 on ebay.... better things to do with that kind of cash!