I, personally, am not a fan of video games. My brother and I grew up without any sort of video games, and I'm glad of it. Instead, we played outside - we swam, built treehouses, played tag w/all the neighbor kids, and even made up our own outside games! What did we do when it rained? We READ!! Or colored, or played w/Legos, or played dress-up, or listened to music, or played board games.
I think that video games (to make a HUGE generalization, here) are a big part of our society's obesity problem. It really doesn't help one's physical condition to just sit on the couch and stare at a television screen (I know I'm pretty much doing that as I type this
: ). That argument aside, what about the mental aspect? If a kid is playing a video game, he/she is NOT reading or using his/her imagination, or even interacting with another human being. Plus, *I* happen to think they can be addictive (just like MDC
). DH has an X-box, and when he plays it, is not aware of his surroundings at all. Our puppy peed on his foot once, and he didn't even know until I said something.
Also, when I do succeed in separating DH from his X-box, he is extremely grumpy and complains about it until he gets back in the flow of real life.
I just don't like video games, and think it's a pretty slippery slope. I'm hoping that by the time ds is old enough to want to play, dh will be bored enough w/his X-box that we can get rid of it, or at least put it away and only bring it out on very rare occasions. I don't want my children playing it. There are so many other fun (family or individual) activities that develop a child's mind. Why waste time and money on other stuff?
I realize this post may come across as being a bit harsh, and I don't mean it to, but I really feel strongly about this. When my kids are adults, if they choose to buy video games, that's their choice, and I'm fine with that, but I will never spend my money on them.
Just my two cents.